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Michaela Crawford Reaves, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of History

Phone: (805) 493-3381
Office: Hum 221


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 several articles, including the recent essay for the Alexander Street Database on fractious farmers. She is currently working on a paper entitled "The Colonial Crone: Women and Menopause in Colonial America." Dr. Reaves teaches 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" much to the delight of the students!


B.A. California Lutheran University, 1979 M.A., History, California State University, Northridge, 1987 Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1996


American History, Women's History