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DeAnna Reese

Professor of History and Africana Studies

Dr. De Anna Reese

Office Location:
Social Sciences 125

Phone: 559-278-6358


Ph.D. - University of Missouri-Columbia (2004)
M.A. - University of Missouri-Columbia


B.A. - University of California, Riverside


Fall 2021 Courses

Fall 2021 Courses
Course(s) Date/Time
HIST 186 - American Immigration TTH 11:00 am -12:15 pm
HIST 210T - American Immigration M 6:00-8:50 pm

Research/Teaching Interests: 

Twentieth-Century U.S. African American; Women; Social; Urban History

Select Publications:

Sapphires Gone Wild: The Politics of Black Women's Respectability in the Age of the Ratchet"
Co-authored with Delia C. Gillis
In Challenging Misrepresentations of Black Womanhood: Media, Literature, and Theory 
Eds. Marquita M. Gammage and Anwinisha Alameen-Shavers
Anthem Press, March, 2019.

"When they go low, we go high": African American Women Torchbearers for Democracy and the 2016 Democratic National Convention: Co-authored with Delia C. Gillis

In Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: History Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election
Eds. Christine Kray, Tamar Carroll, and Hinda Mandell
University of Rochester Press (Gender and Race in American History Series), 2018.

"Learning from History: Contemporary Issues in Black and Africana Studies,"                                                                                                 
Co-authored with Malik Simba
In Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues
Eds. Venise Berry, Anita Flemming-Rife, and ayo dayo
Peter Lang Publishing Inc. 2015. 

"Stories Worth Telling: How Kerry Washington Balances Brains, Beauty, and Power in Hollywood,"
In Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television
Ed. Laura M. D'Amore
Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

Courses Offered:

  • American History from 1877
  • Historical Research & Writing
  • Gender, Culture, and Ethnicity in the Progressive Era
  • American Immigration and Ethnic History
  • Gendered Perspectives on American Immigration
  • Graduate Reading Seminar: American Immigration and Ethnic History

In the AFRS Program

  • Slavery and the American Experience
  • African American Women
  • The African American Community
  • Poverty and Inequality

Work in Progress:  “'Solid As A Rock:' Historicizing a Half-Century of Black Love on American Television"