Dr. Rita Reynolds



Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-4:00 pm
(And By Appointment)


  • PH.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2007
  • M.A. University of California at Los Angeles, 1991
  • M.A. New York University, 1988
  • B.F.A. California Institute of the Arts, 1986

Spring 2015 Course Schedule

  • HI 214 Civil War & Reconstruction: 1847-1877 - 2:40-5:40 - R
  • HI 216 Masters, Po' Whites, and Poor People of Color - 1:00-2:30 pm - T-R
  • HI 236 History of The Civil Rights Movement - 9:40-11:10 - T-R


I am a 19th and 20th century historian of African-American and American history. I teach courses that focus on the minority experience, gender and cultural history, as well as the history of Modern Civil Rights Movement and American religion.

EYH HI 291: History of Charleston, South Carolina from 1680 to the Civil War


My scholarship focuses on Charleston’s wealthy free black community in South Carolina during slavery. I am also interested in issues of gender, power and slavery in the South, and free people of color in the northern states. I am presently working on a book on wealthy free women of color in antebellum Charleston, South Carolina.

Life Experiences

I grew up in New York City. I spent my formative years in the Northeast Bronx. Some of my free time is spent as a documentary photographer. I am an avid swimmer and I also joyfully embrace 19th and early 20th century NYC history.