Dr. Reaves specializes in American history, with an emphasis in sociocultural history. Her dissertation work was in the social organization of agrarian societies in California in the 1870s. She has published multiple articles and several reviews, including an essay for the Alexander Street Database on fractious farmers. Dr. Reaves is currently working on a paper entitled "The Colonial Crone: Women and Menopause in Colonial America" and another on "Agrarian Social Protest" in the late 19th century. Her classes include courses in gender studies, U.S. social history, Cold War America, Civil War and Colonial-era history. She has been chosen Professor of the Year three times by the senior classes of CLU and received the President's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004. From 2008-2011 she collaborated with the Moorpark Unified School District to bring a U.S. Department of Education grant for Teaching American History (TAH) to three local school districts. In 2011, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) collaborated with her Cold War America class to "Declassify the Cold War" and two years later a grant on Cold War artifacts, e.g. fall-out shelters in Nike missile sites, involved Capstone and Honors students in hands-on research of cultural memory.
American History, Women's History
B.A. California Lutheran University, 1979 M.A., History, California State University, Northridge, 1987 Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1996