Michaela Crawford Reaves

Michaela Crawford Reaves, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of History

(805) 493-3381
Hum 231

Office Hours: Daily


Dr. Reaves specializes in American history, with an emphasis in socio-cultural 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 book project concerning the oral histories of women in the 20th century. 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. 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."  For the last five years she has headed up the California History Lecture Series , including last year with a grant from the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation. With experiential learning projects a part of several classes, a grant from the Library of America in remembrance of World War One allowed for the creation of archives for the stories of WWI veterans from their children and Cal Lutheran students. Currently, she has a Community Leaders grant to map Cold War artifacts in Ventura County, e.g. fall-out shelters, through hands-on research of the cultural memory of the 20th century.


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

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