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Dr. Toure Reed

Professor
Dean of Arts and Sciences
Office
Schroeder Hall - SCH 328
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Biography

Dr. Reed earned his BA in American Studies from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA), and his PhD in History from Columbia University (New York, NY). He is a fourth generation African American educator and third generation professor. Having spent his formative years in South West Atlanta, GA and New Haven, CT, Dr. Reed's research interests center on race, class, and inequality. In addition to being a historian of African American and 20th Century US History, Dr. Reed is a shred guitar enthusiast.

Current Courses

258.001Afro-American History Since 1865

300.001Senior Seminar In History

328.001The Modern Civil Rights Movement, 1933-1968

257.001Afro-American History To 1865

111.003American Diversity: Contested Visions Of The U.S. Experience

499.003Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

287.002Independent Study

421.001Seminar: Topics In American Racial & Ethnic History

291.002Undergraduate Teaching Experience In History

Teaching Interests & Areas

Professor Reed's courses center on black social, political, and intellectual history. His courses draw from US urban and labor history.

Research Interests & Areas

Professor Reed's research projects focus principally on the impact of race and class ideologies on African American civil rights politics and US public policy from the Progressive Era through the Presidency of Barack Obama. Dr. Reed is the author of Not Alms But Opportunity: The Urban League and the Politics of Racial Uplift, 1910-1950 (UNC Chapel Hill Press, 2008) and Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism (Verso Books, 2020). He is also co-author of Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of Black American Thought (Paradigm Publishers, 2009 hardcover, 2010 paperback). Professor Reed's articles have appeared in the Journal of American Ethnic History, LABOR, nonsite.org, Catalyst, Blackagendareport.com, Commondreams.org, Dissent Magazine, Jacobin, the Nation, and The New Republic.

Dr. Reed is currently engaged in research for two monographs. Menace II Equality: How the Entertainment Industry Sold Reaganism to African Americans and New Deal Civil Rights: Class Consciousness and the Quest for Racial Equality, 1933-1948.

Dr. Reed has received numerous grants and fellowships including the prestigious Kluge Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Library of Congress in support of New Deal Civil Rights.

Ph D History

Columbia University
New York, NY

M Phil History

Columbia University
New York, NY

MA History

Columbia University
New York, NY

BA American Studies

Hampshire College
Amherst, MA

Influential and Inspirational Profesor

History-Social Sciences Education Program
2021

Influential and Inspirational Faculty

History-Social Sciences Education Program
2021

Impact Award

Illinois State University, Office of the Provost and University College
2021

Outstanding College Researcher in the Humanities

Illinois State University
2020

Influential and Inspirational Faculty

History-Social Sciences Education Program
2019

Influential and Inspirational Faculty

History Department
2019

Influential and Inspirational Faculty

History Department
2018

Impact Award

Illinois State University, Office of the Provost and University College
2018

Influential and Inspirational Faculty

History Department
2016

Influential and Inspirational Faculty

History Department
2016

Book Review

Joe Trotter, Jr., Pittsburgh and the Urban League Movement: A Century of Social Service and Activism, September 2022, Journal of American History
Keneshia Grant, The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century, Spring 2021, Journal of Urban Affairs
Glenn Feldman, ed. Nation within a Nation: The American South and the Federal Government, Spring 2018, Florida Historical Quarterly
Martin Kilson, The Transformation of the African American Intelligentsia, 1880-2012, June 2015, Journal of American History
Erik S. Gellman, Death Blow to Jim Crow: The National Negro Congress, February 2014, Journal of Southern History

Book, Authored

Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism, Verso Books, 2020, (paperback and digital), https://www.versobooks.com/books/3166-toward-freedom
Coauthor/Contributor-- Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of African American Thought. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2009 (Paperback 2010), https://www.routledge.com/Renewing-Black-Intellectual-History-The-Ideological-and-Material-Foundations/Reed-Warren/p/book/9781594516665
Not Alms But Opportunity: The Urban League and the Politics of Racial Uplift, 1910-1950. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2008 (Hardcover/Paperback), https://uncpress.org/book/9780807859025/not-alms-but-opportunity/

Book, Chapter

"Black Exceptionalism and the Militant Capitulation to Economic Inequality," in Cedric Johnson's The Panthers Can't Save Us Now: Debating Left Politics and Black Lives Matter, Verso Books, 2022.
Reprint of “Black Exceptionalism and the Militant
Capitulation to Economic Inequality,” New Politics Vol. 17, No. 2 (Winter 2019)
“The Evolution of ‘Race’ and Racial Justice Under Neoliberalism,” coauthored with Adolph L. Reed, Jr., in Greg Albo, Leo Panitch, and Colin Leys eds. The Socialist Register 2022: New Polarizations, Old Crisis of Centrism. The Crisis Centrism, New York: Monthly Review Press, 2021, pp. 113-134, https://socialistregister.com/index.php/srv
“El excepcionalismo negro y la capitulación militante ante la desigualdad económica,” in Las Panteras Negras Ya No Pueden Salvarnos: Sobre excepcionalismo negro, violencia policial y politicas de la identidad, Libros Corrientes, 2020. Reprint of “Black Exceptionalism and the Militant Capitulation to Economic Inequality,” New Politics Vol. 17, No. 2 (Winter 2019)

“The Educational Alliance and the Urban League of New York: Ethnic Elites and the Politics of Americanization and Racial Uplift, 1903-1931,” 95-125 in Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of African American Thought, Paradigm Publishers, 2009

Encyclopedia

“W.E.B. DuBois and the Philadelphia Negro,” in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies, ed. Anthony Orum, 2019

Journal Article

“Black Exceptionalism and the Militant Capitulation to Economic Inequality,” Symposium on Cedric G. Johnson’s “The Panthers Can’t Save Us Now: Anti-Policing Struggles and the Limits of Black Power,” New Politics, Vo 17, No. 2 (Winter 2019):
8-11, https://newpol.org/authors/rred-toure-f/
“Granger’s ‘Challenge to the Youth,’ Stein’s Challenge to Historians: Industrial
Democracy and the Complexities of Black Politics”
in Symposium in Honor of Judith Stein, nonsite.org, No. 29 (Fall 2019),
https://nonsite.org/grangers-challenge-to-the-youth-steins-challenge-to-historians-industrial-democracy-and-the-complexities-of-black-politics/
“Between Obama and Coates,” Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Winter 2018): 8-54,
https://catalyst-journal.com/vol1/no4/between-obama-and-coates
“All Roads Named Culture of Poverty Lead to Mass Incarceration,” Symposium on Elizabeth Hinton’s From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime, LABOR: Studies in Working Class History in the Americas. Vol. 14, No. 4 (Winter 2017): 75-79
“Why Moynihan Was Not So Misunderstood at the Time: The Mythological Prescience
of the Moynihan Report and the Problem of Institutional Structuralism,” in The
Moynihan Report and the Crescent City: Culturalism and Katrina in New Orleans, ed.
Touré F. Reed, nonsite.org No. 17 (Fall 2015),
http://nonsite.org/article/why-moynihan-was-not-so-misunderstood-at-the-time

Magazine/Trade Publication

“Why Juneteenth Celebrations Should Acknowledge the 13th Amendment,” CommonDreams.org, 6/20/22, https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/06/20/why-juneteenth-celebrations-should-acknowledge-13th-amendment
"Pourquoi il est dangereux de laisser l’artefact de la race supplanter la classe sociale en temps de pandémie." La Pensee 408, no. 4 (2021). Reprint of “The Dangers of Letting Racecraft Displace Class During the Pandemic, JacobinMag.com, 8/13/20
“Pourquoi les libéraux progressistes séparent la race de la classe,” La Pensee, 408, No. 4 (2021). Reprint of “Why Liberals Separate Race from Class,” JacobinMag.com, 8/22/15
“The Political Economy of Racial Inequality,” Dissent Magazine, symposium on race and inequality titled “Arguments on the Left” Summer 2021, https://www.dissentmagazine.org/issue/summer-2021
"A Liberal ‘Moral Reckoning’ Can’t Solve the Problems that Plague Black America,” JacobinMag.com, 11/1/20, https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/11/sanders-race-black-working-class-ta-nehisi-coates

Presentations

Education Week Magazine, Editorial Staff and Journalists “Brown Bag Discussion with Touré Reed,” (invited), 9/9/22
Guest lecturer Claremont McKenna College, Dr. Michael Fortner’s “Race and Politics” course, (invited) 2/23/22
Panel: “Polarization and Socialism: The Direction Forward,” a discussion of contributions to The Socialist Register 2022: New Polarizations, Old Crisis of Centrism. The Crisis Centrism"
Presentation: “Race and Racial Justice Under Neoliberalism,” by Adolph L. Reed, Jr. and Touré F. Reed, 5/15/22
Roundtable Discussion: “A City by and for the Working Class: Adolph Reed on American Urban Politics,” American Political Science Association, 9/15/22
“Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism,” CUNY-Staten Island, 2/22/22 (Invited), https://csi.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7911330
Panel: “Abbey Speaker Series: Defining Racial Justice in the 21st Century—Competing Perspectives on Shared Goals,” Moderated by Jamelle Bouie, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Program for Public Discourse, 2/23/21
https://publicdiscourse.web.unc.edu/events/defining-racial-justice-in-the-twenty-first-century-competing-perspectives-and-shared-goals/
Panel: “The Anti-Labor Radicalism of the 21st Century: A Conversation with Zine Magubane, Touré Reed, and Adolph Reed,” Moderated by Cedrick-Michael Simmons, sponsored jointly by Ithaca College and SEIU Local 200, 5/14/21, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwCSs0T5Tbk&t=675s
Panel: “What is the Democratic Commons?” Hunter College Conference on the Public Humanities and the Democratic Commons sponsored by the Mellon Foundation
Presentation: “The Dangers Posed by Identity Politics to Racial Justice and the Public Good,” 4/9/21
Round Table: “Social Democracy in New York and the Nation,” with Joel Suarez, Nelson Lichtenstein, Ruth Milkman, Conference on Working-Class New York Revisited, sponsored by the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, 4/23/21
https://slu.cuny.edu/public-engagement/conferences/
“Ethnic Essentialism and Symbolism are Poor Substitutes for Material Equality,” presented at the conference “Revisiting Black Irish Relations and Responding to a Transnational Movement,” sponsored by New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, 11/19/21

Grants & Contracts

Kluge Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship. Library of Congress. Federal. (2011)
Kluge Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship. Library of Congress. Federal. (2010)
Summer Faculty Fellowship. Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2009)
Faculty Research Award. Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2008)
Provost Incentive Award. Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2003)