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DeAnna Reese

Professor of History and Africana Studies

Reese Profile

Office: Social Sciences 125


Office Phone: 559-278-6358


Ph.D. - University of Missouri-Columbia (2004)
M.A. - University of Missouri-Columbia
B.A. - University of California, Riverside


Fall 2023

Course Days/Times
HIST 178 - History of African Americans TTH 12:30 - 1:45 pm

Spring 2024

Course Days/Times
HIST 186 - History of Immigration MWF 12:00 - 12:50 pm

  • Twentieth-Century U.S. African American History
  • Women's History
  • Social History
  • Urban History

Book Chapters and Articles:

“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.


  • 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


  • American Immigration and Ethnic History

AFRS Program:

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

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