Patricia A. Reeve, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of History

Phone: 617-973-5306
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 1036




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

Research Interests

  • Working-class and labor history
  • Histories of gender and women
  • History of public policy

Selected Publications

Currently developing a book proposal for a history of social, legal, and political meaning-making about industrial accidents from 1830 to 1912, with a focus on the perspectives of wage earners, reformers, the reading public, and the Massachusetts judiciary and legislature.

Author of “Industrial Disaster, Meaning Making and Reform: Readings of the Collapse of the Pemberton Mills, 1860,” Working Disasters: The Politics of Recognition and Response, (2006); entries in Class in America: An Encyclopedia, (2007); “The Fruits of Our Labor: Women and the U.S. Labor Movement,” Social Policy Journal (1993); and “Coalition Building for Community-based Labor Education,” Policy Studies Journal (1989-90).

Recent Oral Presentations

“Fabricated Bodies: Popular Readings of 19th Industrial Hazards and Imperiled Female Operatives,” Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2008.

Co-presenter with Dr. Matteo Casini, “Displaying Masculinity: Cases from Renaissance Italy and 19th Century America,” History Department Seminar Series, Suffolk University.

“’Hygeia herself is ever the companion of true liberty’: Massachusetts Workingmen and the Antebellum Laws of Health,” North American Labor History Conference, Detroit, MI, 2007.

“Workingmen’s Claims to the Right of Body and Their Historical Significance,” New England Historical Association, Southern New Hampshire University, 2007.

Professional Activities

Member, Seminar in Gender and Women’s History, Massachusetts Historical Society and the Schlesinger Library, Harvard University

Humanist for "On Equal Terms," a multi-media installation marking the 30th anniversary of the Executive Order mandating gender equity in hiring and training in the U.S. building trades. The project, conceived by Susan Eisenberg—poet, nonfiction writer, tradeswoman, and Brandeis University Scholar in Residence—is funded by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy and sponsored by the Center for Women’s Studies at Brandeis University. 2007-2008. The installation will be exhibited in Adams Gallery, Suffolk University in spring 2009.

Evaluator, Technology Program Enhancement Grant-funded Project. (Participants include the Tri-City Technology Education Collaborative and the Everett, Malden, Medford and Revere school districts.) 2006-2008

Program Coordinator and Workshop Presenter, “Voices Rising: Assimilation and the American Experience, “ a Teaching American History Grant, History Department, Suffolk University (Participating school districts: Everett, Malden, Medford and Revere) 2006-2009

Other Activities

  • Member, Educational Technology Committee, 2007-present
  • Member, Women’s and Gender Studies Committee, 2007-present
  • Member, Teaching Circle, Center for Teaching Excellence

Current Grant Support

  • Consultant to project funded by the Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy
  • Subcontractor, Commonwealth’s Department of Education, Technology Enhancement Grant
  • Subcontractor, Teaching American History Grant

Courses Taught

Cultural Contact in World History
American History I and II (Classroom-based and online)
U.S. Women’s History I and II
Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Workers in America
Death, Disease, and Healing in American History
Unraveling Selfhood: the Body, Personal Identity, and Sexuality in American History

Senior Honors Thesis, Literature and History: Lacey Perkins, “You Don’t Know What Narrow Lives Girls Have, How Few Real Adventures There Are For Them: The Women of the Beat Generation” (2007-2008)

Senior Honors Thesis, History, Blaire Hiebsch, Topic to be refined—Social and Political History of 19th Century American Fashion

Independent Studies

Bedour Alsaleh, Sociological and Historical Investigations of Islamic Teachings about Women’s Roles (Summer Session II)

Vanessa Lamarre, Abridged literature review of the history of African American slave women, focused on their family relationships and the psychic costs for them of slavery’s interpersonal violence. (Spring 2007)