Buchanan Distinguished Professor of American Studies & English, Emeritus
T.V. Reed is the Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies, Emeritus, at Washington State University, and Visiting Professor of English and Humanities at York University, Toronto. Reed is a scholar-activist/activist scholar who seeks ways to connect social movement praxis to thoughtful, socially grounded research and teaching. He teaches classes on digital cultures, cultural theory, contemporary American fiction, social movements, and popular culture.At a time when democracy in the United States is under serious threat from a new regime with authoritarian elements, Reed urges academics to devote a significant portion of their intellectual energy to publishing accessible work online and off that resists right-wing white nationalism and furthers a truly democratic populism committed to human rights, environmental justice and thriving multicultural societies.
Reed's scholarship focuses on the relationship between artistic-cultural forms and social change. His first book, Fifteen Jugglers, Five Believers: Literary Politics and the Poetics of American Social Movements (Univ. of California Press), analyzes relationships between literary theory and postmodern social movements. His study of key US social movements The Art of Protest uses cultural forms (music, murals, poetry, drama, etc.) as lenses onto movements from Civil Rights era to the current movement against corporate globalization. It will be reissued in an updated, enlarged edition in 2018. He is also the author of the widely used bibliographic essay,"Theory and Method in American/Cultural Studies," appearing originally in American Studies International and now available in a much-expanded online version.
Reed's two most recent books are: Digitized Lives: Culture, Power and Social Change in the Internet Era. (NY and London: Routledge Press, June 2014), a book examining the politics of digital culture formations in terms of their impact of social justice in the US and globally, and Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left (U of Washington P, August 2014), a critical study of a proletarian novelist of the 1930s from the Northwest.
Recent articles include a piece on the decolonizing environmental justice cultural logic in the work Leslie Silko that appeared in MELUS and several articles focusing on cultural forces within international peace movements. An essay on "protest as art" appeared in Protest Cultures: A Companion Berghahn Press, 2016. A few of Reed's articles available online include ones on apartheid and popular music, environmental justice criticism, and digitizing protest art.
Reed is working on new articles about digital humanities and social change, the novels of Sherman Alexie, the socio-apocalyptic strand in Bob Dylan's body of work, the role of various art forms in the Occupy Movement, and a piece on the impact of digital surveillance on current social protest movements.He has recently devoted time to writing fiction, working on two novels, one a mystery and the other a novel about academia.
Reed has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Cultural Studies of the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the JFK Institute for North American Studies in Berlin, Germany, and a Mellon Fellow at Wesleyan University.
Reed was co-chair of the national American Studies Association's conference for 2002, was a member of the ASA's national council from 2008-2012, and in 2011 received the ASA's highest honor for outstanding teaching and program development, the Mary C. Turpie Award. Reed believes in the deeper objectivity of teaching "situated knowledges" in the classroom, and seeks to emulate the liberation pedagogy of Septima Clark, Paoulo Freire, and Miles Horton.
Reed has long worked for the internationalization of American studies, the effort to undercut the ethnocentrism and cultural imperialism that has historically characterized much work in the field. He has been involved in projects with universities in Ukraine, Morocco, the Peoples' Republic of China, and Japan.
Reed began working in Digtial Humanities and the use of electronic media in cultural studies in the mid-1990s. He served as an advisor on two of the pioneering online scholarly and teaching ventures, the Crossroads in American Studies Project, and the Visbible Knowledge Project, and he was the first associate editor for digital materials at American Quarterly.
As a scholarly and pedagogical intervention, Reed created and maintains a much visited matrix of websites, Cultural Politics.Net, with the following subsites: