Patricia Reeve, PhD

Associate Professor Emerita, History, Language & Global Culture

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  • PhD, Boston College
  • MA, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb
  • BA, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb

Research Interests

  • 19th-Century U.S. History
  • Histories of American gender and class relations
  • Intersection of the histories of labor, medicine, and public policy
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning

Publications Under Development

  • Julia Howington and Patricia A. Reeve, “Busing and Beyond: Creating a Holistic Approach to Undergraduate Teaching and Learning with Archival Collections,” (2018).
  • Reeve, The Bone and Sinew of the Nation: Industrial Workers on Health and Embodied Citizenship (1820 – 1912). Book Mss 255 pages

Selected Publications In Print

  • Reeve, “The ‘Bone and Sinew of the Nation’: Antebellum Workingmen on Health and Sovereignty,” in Tracy Penny Light, Barbara Brookes and Wendy Mitchinson (eds.), Bodily Subjects: Essays on Gender and Health, 1800–2000. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015, 25-52.
  • Kathryn E. Linder, Frank Rudy Cooper, Elizabeth M. McKenzie, Monika Raesch, & Patricia A. Reeve, “Intentional Teaching, Intentional Scholarship: Applying Backward Design Principles in a Faculty Writing Group,” Innovative Higher Education 39, No. 3 (2014): 217-229.
  • Reeve, “Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea,” in Symposium: The New Labor History Museum: A Status Report, Labor and Working-Class History of the Americas 9, No. 2 (Summer 2012): 144-146.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Convener and Co-presenter, “Teaching contested history: hands-on approaches to utilizing digitized primary sources in a pedagogical context to build research skills and teach critical historical literacy and analysis,” 2018 Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Sacramento, California. April 2018. Chair and Co-presenter, “A Delicate Dance: Steps to Establishing a School/University Partnership,” 49th Annual Meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO), Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April 6, 2017. Co-presenter, “Boston Public Schools Desegregation: From Digital Library to Classroom,” New England Archivists Spring Conference, Portland, Maine, April 2, 2016. Invited, “Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea,” National Council on Public History, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 17-23, 2013.

Professional Activities

  • Collaborative Member, the Gateway Initiative. A partnership of the Boston Public School District, Suffolk University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and TechBoston Academy, aimed at preparing Boston high school students for college studies (2016-2017, Participant: 2015 to Present).
  • Co-Director. Develop, design, and teach an annual summer graduate institute at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Offers educators and graduate students the opportunity to explore in depth a rich topic, with contemporary resonance, drawn from American social, cultural and political history. Co-sponsors: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Graduate Program in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston (2013 – 2016, and 2018).
  • Project humanist and consultant, On Equal Terms – Virtual. A digital exhibit by Susan Eisenberg, poet and non-fiction writer, and one of the nation’s first female electricians. The curated resources interrogate the preconditions to gender equality in the workplace, itself a prerequisite to economic democracy (2017-2018).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • Labor and Working-Class History Association
  • Massachusetts Historical Society, Elected Fellow
  • National Council on Public History
  • Organization of American Historians
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Courses Taught

  • CI-177 - The Open-Hearted Historian
  • CI-H177 - Honors- Open-Hearted Historian
  • HST-200 - Gateway to the Past
  • HST-H200 - Honors Gateway to the Past
  • HST-371 - U.S. Women's History Colonial-1865
  • HST-483 - Death, Disease, Healing-Us History
  • HST-H483 - Honor Death,Dis,Healing- US HST
  • HST-510 - Independent Study
  • HST-H555 - Senior Honors Capstone
  • HST-H555 - Senior Honors Thesis