Touré F. Reed, Associate Professor of History, joined the Illinois State University faculty in 2001. Reed is an historian of Afro-American History. His research interests include 20th century black politics and US urban and labor history. He earned a B.A. from Hampshire College and his M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Reed has received both a University Teaching Initiative Award (2005-2006) and an outstanding faculty award presented by the Dean of Students (2007). In 2009, Dr. Reed served as the chairperson of the President’s Task Force on Diversity at Illinois State and currently serves as the chairperson of the Editorial Board for Identity: Valuing our Diversity, a University newsletter. Reed was awarded a prestigious Library of Congress Kluge Research Center Postdoctoral Fellowship during the summer of 2010, where he focused his research on New Deal Civil Rights.
Reed is the author of Not Alms But Opportunity: The Urban League and the Politics of Racial Uplift, 1910-1950, (University of North Carolina Press, 2008) and is a co-author of Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of Black American Thought (Paradigm Publishers, 2009). Dr. Reed is currently engaged in research for two books: New Deal Civil Rights: Class Consciousness and the Quest for Racial Equality, 1933-1948 and a documents reader entitled Civil Rights and the Fight Against “Social Disorganization:” Underclass Ideology and Liberal Activism and Policy, 1933-2008 that he is co-editing with his Illinois State colleague Dr. Andrew Hartman.
Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of Black American Thought was re-released in a paperback edition in March of 2010 by Paradigm Publishers. The volume maps the changing conditions of black political practice and experience from Emancipation to the 2008 presidential election with excursions into the Jim Crow era, Black Power radicalism, and the Reagan revolt. Renewing Black History analyzes in detail the key movements, institutions, and individuals that shaped the lives of black Americans from the Jim Crow era to the Obama era. One of the book’s key goals is to come to terms with the changing terrain of American life in view of major Civil Rights court decisions and legislation.