Dr. Debra A Reid
Tuesday: 1:00-4:00 pm
Thursday: Noon-2:00 pm
and by appointment
Frequently Taught Courses
HIS 3690G: The U.S. Constitution and the Nation (Honors)
HIS 3801: U.S. Rural History
HIS 3900: Women in American History
HIS 4910: The Foundation of the American Constitutional and Political System
HIS 4930: Public History: Meaning & Method
HIS 5090: Care and Management of Historical Artifacts
HIS 5350: Twentieth Century U.S. Cultural and Social History
HIS 5360: Material Life in America, 1600-Present
WST 2309G: Women, Men and Culture
Ph.D. History, Texas A&M University
M.A. History, Baylor University
M.A. Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies, State University of New York at Oneonta
B.S Historic Preservation, Southeast Missouri State University
Dr. Reid serves as treasurer of the Rural Women’s Studies Association. She speaks regularly at regional and national meetings of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, the Midwest Open Air Museums Coordinating Council, and is the first vice president to the board of the International Association of Agricultural Museums.
For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.
I could speak to several topics that relate to rural and farm history in the Midwest, specifically Illinois, and the South. Most of my research focuses on experiences of racial and ethnic minorities, which prepares me to discuss diversity historically. I can also discuss museum history and the role the public plays in selectively preserving and memorializing the past.
Dr. Reid's research interests focus on rural and minority history and living history farm and open air museum history and interpretation. She has published on such wide-ranging topics as interpreting gender in historic house museums, women's work in canning centers in Texas, and the family-based agricultural practices of Anabaptists in central Illinois.
Her most recent research is part of an article entitled "'The Whitest of Occupations': African Americans in the Rural Midwest Since World War II," under review as part of a collection of essays edited by J. L. Anderson (The Rural Midwest Since World War II). She is working on an article that compares the National Federation of Colored Farmers, a cooperative that operated out of Chicago between the 1920s and 1940s, to the American Farm Bureau Federation, and is starting a manuscript on the history of farming and rural life in Illinois.
Dr. Reid's dissertation, “Reaping a Greater Harvest: African Americans, Agrarian Reform, and the Texas Agricultural Extension Service,” received the Agricultural History Society’s Gilbert C. Fite Dissertation Award (2001) and her first book,Reaping a Greater Harvest: African Americans, the Extension Service and Rural Reform in Jim Crow Texas (2007), received the T. R. Fehrenbach Award from the Texas Historical Commission. She has edited a collection of essays, Seeking Inalienable Rights: Texans and Their Quests for Justice (2009), and has co-edited Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Farm Owners Since Reconstruction with Evan P. Bennett (University Press of Florida, 2012).
Selected articles include "African Americans and Community Building: Lifting Despite Racism and Racial Separatism," Journal of Urban History 33, no. 1 (Nov. 2006), 1-11; "Furniture Exempt From Seizure: African-American Farm Families and Their Property in Texas, 1880s-1930s," Agricultural History 80, no. 3 (Summer 2006), 336-357; "African Americans, Community Building, and the Role of the State in Rural Reform in Texas, 1890s-1930s," in The Countryside in the Age of the Modern States: Political Histories of Rural America, edited by Catherine McNicol Stock and Robert D. Johnston (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2001), 38-65, and "Making Gender Matter: Reinterpreting Male and Female Roles in Historic House Museums," in Interpreting Historic House Museums, edited by Jessica Foy Donnelly (AltaMira Press, 2002), 81-110.