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Angelita Reyes

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Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0302
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Biography

Professor,School of Social Transformation  and the Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of Iowa, Comparative Literature, (1986)

An award-winning author, scholar-teacher, and consultant, Dr. Angelita Reyes is a distinct voice in today's national and global arena of new approaches for social and organizational transformation. Dr. Reyes is an affiliate faculty of Women and Gender Studies and the School for International Letters and Cultures. She is also a Barrett College Honors Professor.

Dr. Reyes is the author of Mothering ACROSS Cultures:  Postcolonial Representations (2002) which received the Choice Outstanding Academic Title in Language and Literature and nominated for the Modern Language Association's William Sanders Scarborough Prize (2003). She has two edited books on African literature and she has numerous articles in national and international journals. Dr. Reyes was a faculty curator of the multi-media exhibition, Dynamic Journey:  Transformations of Slavery-Era Spaces, Routes and Sounds (2007). The exhibition was sponsored by the ASU Herberger College of Fine Arts Collaborative Research and Creativity Grant. 

Dr. Reyes has keynoted and presented at seminars and conferences in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa.  In 2007, she was invited to Kazakhstan, Central Asia, by the US Department of State to establish lectures on ethnicity and African American cultures in the United States.

Her current work on vernacular architecture and material culture established the naming of a standing pre-Civil War slave cabin in southern Virginia to the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia National Register. In 2015, Reyes implemented a team research grant awarded by the Carnegie Humanities Investment Fund grant for the historic preservation site. The site subsequently was awarded the prestigious Virginia historical highway marker.

Education

Ph.D., University of Iowa, Comparative Literature, 1986

Publications
  • Angelita Reyes. "Bling/?????: Ethnicity, National Identity and Rap Music in Kazakhstan." Angelita D. Reyes. Translations by Yuliya Khlebnikova in Hop Culture. February 2012. Words. Beats. Life. The Global Journal of Hip (2012).
  • Angelita Reyes. "Not Even Past: Six Acres and a Mule or Searching for Vicey Skipwith." Common-place. April 2012, 12:3.5. Common-place (2012).
  • Angelita Reyes. National Register of Historic Places. "Writing among the Dead: The Craft of "PRS" (1856-1950), an African American Tombstone Maker in Virginia" U.S. National Park Service. Historic property was documented for state-wide significance and research accepted and approved. http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/listings/20121207.htm. U.S. National Park Service. National Register of Historic Places (2012).
  • Angelita Reyes. "The Slave’s Cabin: From the Back of the Big House to the National Register of Historic Places". Afterimages of Slavery: Essays on Appearances in Recent American Films, Literature, Television and Other Media (2012).
  • Angelita D. Reyes. "Olinga, Enoch," Holy People of the World: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia, ed. Phyllis Jestice, vol. 2 (Santa Barbara, CA, USA: ABC–CLIO, 2004) 655–56; Moojan Momen, . The Bahá’í Encyclopedia Project (2010).
  • Angelita D. Reyes. (A Selection of Articles/Biography) ... Encyclopedia, ed. Phyllis Jestice, vol. 1 (Santa Barbara, CA, USA: ABC–CLIO, 2004) 323; "Gregory, Louis George," Encyclopedia of African American Religions (New York: Garland, 1993) 313; Angelita D. Reyes, . The Bahá’í Encyclopedia Project (2010).
  • Angelita Reyes. "A Teachable Moment with Legal Sources: Marriage Matters and Unruly African American Women". Journal of Women’s History. 22:2 Summer 2010: (2010).
  • Angelita Reyes. "Teachable Moments with Legal Sources: Marriage and Unruly African American Women". Journal of Women's History (2010).
  • Angelita Reyes. "Elusive Autobiographical Performativity: Vicey Skipwith's Home Place and Sarah Parker Remond's Italian Retreat". FORECAAST (Forum for European Contributions to African American Studies) (2009).
  • Angelita Reyes. "Memory-Telling and Praise-Singing on the Genius of Langston Hughes". Journal of African American History (2009).
  • Angelita Reyes. "Elusive Autobiographical Performativity: Vicey Skipwith’s Home Place and Sarah Parker Remond’s Italian Retreat.". Loopholes and Retreats: African American Writers and the Nineteenth Century (2009).
  • Angelita Reyes. "Alice Jones Rhinelander". African American National Biography (2008).
  • Angelita Reyes. "Flying Africans". Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History A Mulitdisciplinary Encyclopedia (2008).
  • Angelita Reyes. "Louis George Gregory". African American National Biography (2008).
  • . . Female Genital Cutting and its Representation in the Arts (2008).
  • Berks' Blogging: Juneteenth Edition. "History and sexual politics , 1492-present". (2008).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Flying Africans. The Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas (2006).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Myths of the Flying African. Encyclopedia of African Atlantic Relations (2006).
  • . . Review of: Human Rights & Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice (2006).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Taking Foot, Taking Flight, and Committing Suicide: Myth of the Flying African. The Histories, Languages, and Cultures of West Africa: Interdisciplinary Essays (2006).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Human Rights & Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice by Hally Engle Merry. (2006).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Enoch Olinga-Bahai Missionary: 1926-1979. Holy People of the World: A Cross Cultural Encyclopedia (2005).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Maroon Nanny-Obeah Leader and Rebel. Holy People of the World: A Cross Cultural Encyclopedia (2005).
  • . . WARA Symposium in Dakar (2005).
  • Robert Jefferson, Angelita Reyes. History Telling at the Kitchen Table: Private Joseph Shields, WW II and Mother-Centered Memory. Journal of Family History (2002).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Mothering Across Cultures: Postcolonial Representations. (2002).
  • . . Review of: Bearing Witness: Readers, Writers and the Novel in Nigeria (2002).
  • Laye, Mary (Author) ,Reyes, Angelita (Author) . Integrating Gender into the International Relations Curriculum. Encompassing Gender (2002).
  • Reyes, Angelita (Author) . Using History as an Artifact to Situate Beloved's Unknown Woman: Margaret Garner. Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Toni Morrion (1997).
  • Biddle, A, Bien, G, Cooke, M, Dharwadeker, V, Echevarria, R, Mzamane, M, Reyes, Angelita. Global Voices: Contemporary Literature from the Non-Western World. (1996).
  • Reyes, Angelita (Author) . From a Lineage of Southern Women: She Has Left Us Empty and Full of Her. Unrelated Kin: Race and Gender in Women's Personal Narratives (1995).
Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AFR 210Intro African American Studies
AFR 492Honors Directed Study
AFR 493Honors Thesis
AFR 498Pro-Seminar
AFR 499Individualized Instruction
AFR 580Practicum
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AFR 210Intro African American Studies
AFR 354African Amer Lit:Harlem/Presen
ENG 354Af/Am Lit: Harlem Renais-Pres
AFR 492Honors Directed Study
AFR 493Honors Thesis
AFR 498Pro-Seminar
AFR 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 354Af/Am Lit: Harlem Renais-Pres
WST 364Unruly Voices
ENG 364Women and Literature
AFR 365Unruly Voices
AFR 492Honors Directed Study
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AFR 492Honors Directed Study
AFR 493Honors Thesis
AFR 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 364Unruly Voices
AFR 365Unruly Voices
AFR 492Honors Directed Study
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AFR 191First Year Seminar
JUS 300Race and Racism in Africa
AFR 301Race/Racism/African Diaspora
AFR 354African Amer Lit:Harlem/Presen
ENG 354Af/Am Lit: Harlem Renais-Pres
AFR 492Honors Directed Study
AFR 493Honors Thesis
AFR 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AFR 492Honors Directed Study
ENG 538Studies Mod/Contemp Amer Lit
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
AFH 354African Amer Lit:Harlem/Presen
ENG 354Af/Am Lit: Harlem Renais-Pres
AFH 364Unruly Voices
WST 364Unruly Voices
AFR 492Honors Directed Study
AFR 493Honors Thesis
AFR 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 459Studies African Amer/Carib Lit
AFR 492Honors Directed Study
AFR 498Pro-Seminar
ENG 598Special Topics
AFR 598Special Topics
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
AFH 354African Amer Lit:Harlem/Presen
ENG 354Af/Am Lit: Harlem Renais-Pres
AFH 364Unruly Voices
WST 364Unruly Voices
AFR 492Honors Directed Study
AFR 493Honors Thesis
AFR 499Individualized Instruction
Presentations
  • Angelita Reyes. Black States of Desire: 2011 CAAR Conference Université Paris Didet-"The Stretching Centre: Creative Mappings of the Circum-Caribbean." Moderator. April 2011 Ninth International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) (Jun 2011).
  • Angelita Reyes. "African American Churches and Home Places." Moderator and Panel Chair. Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute. April 2011 Annual Meeting of the Virginia Forum, (Apr 2011).
  • Angelita Reyes. March 2011 Conference: Women, Islam and Peace Building. "At the Interface of Anti-Immigrant and Islamophobic Discourse: Coalition Building in Arizona." Session Chair and Respondent. The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. Arizona State University. Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict Conference: Women, Islam and Peace Building (Mar 2011).
  • Angelita Reyes. Something Old, Something New: Race, Inter-race, Sexuality, and Marriage in the African American Postcolonial Moment". University of Naples "L’Orientale:" "Dark Continents: the sexes of culture" (May 2010).
  • Angelita Reyes. 2010 Virginia Forum Editorial Board. Annual Virginia Forum (Mar 2010).
  • Angelita Reyes. "American Idols and Bling/????? in Kazakhstan". 35th Southern Comparative Literature Association Conference (Oct 2009).
  • Angelita Reyes. Editorial Board. Virginia Forum (Apr 2009).
  • Angelita Reyes. "Elusive Autobiography and Performativity: Vicey Skipwith, 1856-1936". Fairfield University colloquia (Mar 2009).
  • Angelita Reyes. This Old Cabin: From the Back of the Big House to the National Register. Wells Fargo Celebrates (Feb 2009).
  • Angelita Reyes. "Vicey Skipwith 1856-1936". Fourteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women: Continuities and Changes Berkshire Confere (Jun 2008).
  • Angelita Reyes. "Domestic Landscapes and Inheritance in Old Virginia.". Annual Virginia Forum (Apr 2008).
  • Angelita Reyes. "In the Shadow of the Silk Road: Place and Space of American Rap Music in Kazakhstan.". 29th Annual Meeting of the South West /Texas Popular Cuylture Association (Feb 2008).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Intersectionality: Paradigmatic Shifts on Race, Class, Gender and Human Rights in the Continuum of Globalization. International Refereed human rights conference (May 2006).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Intersectionality: Paradigmatic Shifts on Race, Class, Gender & Human Rights in the Continuum of Globalization. History of Human Rights, Center for the Study of History and Memory (Mar 2006).
  • Reyes, Angelita. InterNation and Beyond: In the Footsteps of Sarah Parker Remond. Collegium on African American Research (CAAR) Europe (Mar 2005).
  • Reyes, Angelita. What's Love Got to Do With It? The Politics of Miscegenation. Creating Idenity and Empire in the Atlantic World: 1492-1888 (Sep 2004).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Gender Roles and Oral History. XIIIth INTERNATIONAL ORAL HISTORY CONFERENCE (Jun 2004).
  • Reyes, Angelita. African Literary Studies and Hiring in the Academy. Annual African Literature Association Meeting (Apr 2004).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Very Unfriendly Fire: WW II and the Homicide of Private Joseph Shields at Fort Huachuca, AZ. Arizona History Convention (Feb 2004).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Evening with ASU/Scholar Recruitment (Oct 2003).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Acknowledging Our Past. Arizona State University Annual Convocation Ceremony for Black and African Graduates (May 2003).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Bringing Our Community Together To Educate Our Youth. Sigma Gamma Ro Sorority, Women of Color Brunch (May 2003).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Each child is born of a morning star rising?. Gathering at the River Women of Color Conference (Feb 2003).
  • Reyes, Angelita. The Dream of America's Destiny and the Empowerment of Race Unity. Arizona Martin Luther King Day Commemoration (Jan 2003).
  • Reyes, Angelita. National Council of Teachers of English presentation. World and Comparative Literature Committee annual meeting (Nov 2002).
  • Reyes, Angelita. What's in Vogue?: Tailored Artwear in the African Dispora. Wrapped and Draped: Alternate Fashions (Sep 2001).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Diaspora Paradigms: New Scholarship in Comparative Black History. Michigan State University. Refusing to Live By Bread Alone: Literacy as a Site of Memory Among 18th Century African Moravian Slave Women in the Danish West Indies (Sep 2001).
  • Reyes, Angelita. High Heels and Human Rights: Searching for Global Justice & Female Genital Cutting. Modern Literature Conference on Globalcities (Sep 2001).
  • Reyes, Angelita. The Creative Circle of Writing Autobiography and Human Rights: Waris Dirie, Fauziya Kassindja and Their Odyssey from Female Cutting. African Literature Association (Apr 2001).
  • Reyes, Angelita. I Is A Long Memoried Woman: Writing Memory and Writing Black. Conference: "The Politics of Writing Black" (Feb 2001).
  • Reyes, Angelita. 'All for a pack of cigarettes': WW II, Mother-Centered Memory & the Unsilencing of Private Joseph Shields. Oral History Association Annual Meeting: At the Crossroads & Transforming Community Locally and Globally (Oct 2000).
  • Reyes, Angelita. The Life and Times of Sara Baartman-The Hottentot Venus. Juneteenth Film Festival, "It Takes a Village: The Struggle and Liberation of the African American Community" (Jun 2000).
  • Reyes, Angelita. On the Edge of the Millennium: Woman-Centered Memory Telling from Schwarz-Bart to Danticat. Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (Apr 2000).
  • Reyes, Angelita. Sustainable Feminisms: World Beat Across Global Borders. Sustainable Feminisms
  • Reyes, Angelita. Engendering A Globalized Diaspora: From 19th Century Abolitionists in Exile to 20th Century Miss [Black] Italy. African American and Diasporic Research in Europe
Service
  • Viv' Jeudi : Monthly inter-departmental series on the black French-speaking world, Coordinator and creator of the series (1997 - Present)
  • Elected member of the Women's Language and Literature Division of the Modern Language Association., Secretary in 2013; Chair in 2017; 2012 member (2012 - 2017)
  • MLA (Modern Language Association), Five-year term on the Modern Language Association (MLA) Executive Committee of the Division on Women's Studies in Language and Literature. (2011 - 2016)
  • Virginia Mecklenburg County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee (CW 150), Committee member (2011 - 2015)
  • Virginia Sesquicentennial Committee, Member (2010 - 2015)
  • Tempe Citizens' Police Review Board, committee member (2009 - 2013)
  • Virginia Forum editorial committee, member (2010 - 2013)
  • Police Citizens Review Board of the City of Tempe, Commissioner (2009 - 2012)
  • University of Illionois Press, Read for an ms. on Margaret Garner, fugitive slave (2011 - 2011)
  • Citizens Police Review Board, Member (2010 - 2011)
  • Changing Hands Bookstore proposal to the bookstore management. https://clas.asu.edu/node/11644, Moderator and Host (2011 - 2011)
  • Tempe Citizens' Police Review Board, Review Board member (2008 - 2011)
  • Routledge, Reader for a manuscript (2011 - 2011)
  • School of Social Transformation governance task force, Task force member (2011 - 2011)
  • Dean's Faculty Advisory Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • AAAS Personnel Committee, appointed member; appointed by the director of AAAS (2009 - 2010)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences/Dean's Advisory Committee, member (2007 - 2010)
  • AAAS, AAAS Forum committee (2009 - 2009)
  • Historica Boydton's Renaissance, Inc, Committee member (2006 - 2009)
  • Women for International Peace and Arbitration, NGO, Member (2004 - 2009)
  • PMLA (Publication of the Modern Langauge Association), Manuscript reader (2008 - 2008)
  • Patrick Robert Sydnor log cabin project, coordinator (2008 - 2008)
  • Center for Film and Media Studies, Faculty Advisory Board (2005 - 2007)
  • ASU African Student Association, Faculty Advisor (2003 - 2007)
  • Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, Editoral collective (2003 - 2007)
  • Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics Council, Faculty member (2003 - 2007)
  • Black STudies Faculty Seminar, Participant (2006 - 2006)
  • Curriculum Committee, AAAS, Faculty chair (2006 - 2006)
  • English Department, Faculty committee (2006 - 2006)
  • World & Comparative Literature, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Committee member (2002 - 2006)
  • Office of the Governor of Arizona, Volunteer Heroies: Katrina and Beyond (2005 - 2006)
  • Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, Chair (2005 - 2006)
  • ASU Bahai Student Association, Faculty advisor (2002 - 2006)
  • ASU Bahai Student Association, Faculty Advisor (2002 - 2006)
  • Selta Sigma Theta Sorority and Bahai Faith Phoenix Community, Master of Ceremonies (2006 - 2006)
  • Tribute to Elsie Austen sponsored by the Bahai's of Tempe and Delta Sigma Theta (Phoenix Chapter), Mistress of Ceremonies (2006 - 2006)
  • Project Restore, Volunteer (2005 - 2006)
  • Town of Paradise Valley MLK Day Celebrations, Master of Ceremonies (2006 - 2006)
  • English Deparment: Graduate Committee, Member (2005 - 2005)
  • ASU Baha'i Student Association and Tempe Baha'i Information Center, Faculty advisor (2005 - 2005)
  • English Department Literature committee, Member (2005 - 2005)
  • Women for International Peace and Arbitration, Member (2005 - 2005)
  • ASU Bahai Student Association Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner & commemoration, Bahai Information Center, Coordinator (2004 - 2005)
  • Tempe Bahai' Information Center, Coordinator of MLK Dinner and Essay Contest (2004 - 2005)
  • Comparative and World Literature Committee, National Council of Teachers of English, Member (2002 - 2005)
  • AAA Search Committee, Member (2005 - 2005)
  • AAAS Curriculum Committee, Chair (2004 - 2005)
  • AAAS Search Committee for faculty position, Member (2004 - 2005)
  • University Committee for Academic Freedom and Tenure, Chair (2004 - 2005)
  • Committee for Academic Freedom and Tenure, Chair (2003 - 2005)
  • Women's Studies Program, Affiliate faculty (2003 - 2005)
  • Languages and Literature Department, Affiliate faculty in French Section (2002 - 2005)
  • Literature Committee, Department of English, Member (2002 - 2005)
  • Executive Council of the African Literature Association, Nomination (2004 - 2004)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration, City of Paradise Valley, Guest speaker (2003 - 2004)
  • ASU Graduate Certificate Program in African and African American Studies Committee, Chair (2002 - 2004)
  • ASU Scholar Recruitment, Keynote presentation (2004 - 2004)
  • AAAS Personnel Committee, Senior member (2003 - 2004)
  • African Student Association (working with members of Lost Boys of Sudan), Faculty advisor (2003)
  • African and African American Studies Personnel Committee, Faculty member (2003)
  • Collaborative Outreach: Film showing of Battle of Algiers, Faculty coordinator (2003)
  • Comparative Literature Committee (English), Faculty (2003)
  • Faculty Ambassadors Program, Faculty (2003)
  • Gathering at the River Conference, Spoken Word Performer (2003)
  • Graduate Certificate Program Committee in African Diaspora Studies, Committee Chair (2003)
  • Graduate Curriculum Committee (English), Faculty member (2003)
  • International Women's Night, Community coordinator (2003)
  • Languages and Literatures, Faculty affiliate (2003)
  • Meridians: Feminisms, Race, Transnationalism, Reader (2003)
  • University Committee on Academic Freedom, Elected Member (2003)
  • ASU West College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Peer Review Committee (2003 - 2003)
  • Tempe, AZ Community Forum on Peace: More Than An End to War" and "Women's Rights as Human Rights', Member (2003 - 2003)
  • African American Studies Director Search Committee, Faculty member (2003 - 2003)
  • Representations of Women in a Global Cultural Market, Guest facilitator (2003 - 2003)
  • President's Faculty Multicultural Research Award All-University Committee, Member (1997 - 2002)
  • President's Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Program, Mentor (1993 - 2002)
  • Preparing Future Faculty, National Program at the University of Minnesota, Faculty Mentor and Course Instructor (2001 - 2001)
  • World Council of Churches, Twin Cities Chapter, Member (2001 - 2001)
  • Human Rights Center, Advisory Board (1998 - 2001)
  • Humanities Institute, Advisory Board (1998 - 2001)
  • Fulbright Chapter, MN, Member (1997 - 2001)
  • Bahá'i Association of UMN, Faculty Advisor student (1993 - 2001)
  • MacArthur Interdisciplinary Program on Peace and International Cooperation, Member (1991 - 2001)
  • Patrick Henry High School, Speaker to senior class of students (2001 - 2001)
  • University of Minnesota, Francophone Research Group, Coordinator (1999 - 2000)