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Joshua L. Reid, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts Director of the Native American & Indigenous Studies Program
  • Telephone: 617.287.6819
  • Office Location: McCormack Hall 4-626

Areas of Expertise

Professor Reid's research interests include American Indians, identity formation, cultural meanings of space and place, the American and Canadian Wests, the environment, and the indigenous Pacific. He teaches courses on American Indian History, the American West, and U.S. History.


PhD (History) University of California, Davis
MA (History) University of California, Davis
BA (Political Science/Studies in the Environment) Yale University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Spring 2015 Office Hours: W (1-3 p.m.), Th (1:30-2:30 p.m.)

Born and raised in Washington State, Professor Reid (Snohomish) earned his B.A. from Yale University, with a double major in Political Science and Studies in the Environment. After graduating from Yale, he joined Teach For America and taught a range of humanities courses to middle school students in Seattle. He earned his doctorate in History, with a designated emphasis in Native American Studies, at University of California, Davis. Firmly committed to fostering ties between university and K-12 teaching, Professor Reid has participated in a number of teacher training and enrichment workshops in CA, WA, and MA, including the Teaching American History program. Some of his work with the Makah has been published recently in an edited volume. Additionally, an article on a new project exploring the issues of race and empire at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909 came out in 2010. Professor Reid has presented his work at conferences in the U.S., Canada, Finland, and New Zealand. He has received grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the American Philosophical Association, the Boston Athenaeum, the Gates Foundation, University of California, and University of Massachusetts. He was recently elected to the council of the American Historical Association (2013-16) and appointed to the editorial board of the Pacific Northwest Quarterly.

Courses Offered

  • HIST 203G: World Leaders—Indigenous Leaders & Intellectuals (Intermediate seminar)
  • HIST 262: American Indian History to 1783
  • HIST 265: American History before 1877
  • HIST 382: American Indian Treaties, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination
  • HIST 383: History of the American West
  • HIST 385: American Indians & the Environment
  • HIST 481: Research & Methods—Native New England
  • HIST 600: Research & Methods—Native New England (graduate seminar)
  • HIST 682: Topics in American History—Themes in American Indian History (graduate seminar)
  • HIST 682: Topics in American History—History of the American West (graduate seminar)

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Professor Reid's CV