Department of History and Political Science

Reginald K. Ellis, Assistant Dean of the School of Graduate Studies & Research

Associate Professor of History
Ph.D.The University of Memphis, 2011

Office: Tucker Hall, Room 408

Phone: (850) 412-5544


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  • Ph. D., 2011
    • The University of Memphis
    • United States History Since 1875
    • Dissertation Title: “James Edward Shepard and the Politics of Black Education in North Carolina During the Jim Crow Era: 1875-1947.”
  • Masters of Applied Social Sciences - History, 2004
    • Florida A&M University
  • Bachelor of Science in African American Studies, 2003
    • Florida A&M University
    • Honors: Cum Laude
  • Coordinator of the African American Studies Program Review at Florida A&M University, 2017-Present.
  • Member of the Institutional Review Board Committee, 2016-Present.
  • Faculty Senator, 2017-Present.
  • Academic Advisor for African American Studies/History Majors, 2011-Present.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grants Reviewer for NEH Dialogues Grants, 2016.
  • American Historical Association (AHA) Tuning Project: working towards revamping history curriculum(s) by meeting with key stakeholders, i.e., University Administrators, Alumni, and Community Partners.  Also, created middle of curriculum course in history and adopted the scale-up method for a senior level history course, 2012-Present.
  • American Historical Association (AHA) Committee on Minority Historians, 2016-Present.
  • NCATE Liaison for the Department of History, 2011-2012.
  • FAMU Quality Enrichment Plan (QEP) Faculty Member
  • Redesigned the Student Learning Outcomes as well as the Course Objectives for the Introduction to African American History Courses, 2008-2013.

Courses Taught:
  • AFA 3104 – The African American Experience
  • AFS 5151 – Life and Culture of Sub-Sahara Africa (Graduate Course)
  • AMH 2010 – American History 1492-1865
  • AMH 2020 – American History 1865-Present
  • AMH 2091 – Introduction to African American History
  • AMH 3572 – African American History Since 1875
  • AMH 4420 – History of Florida
  • AMH 4930 – History of Black Higher Education
  • AMH 4930 – Selected Topics in United States History (Scale Up Method)
  • AMH 4973 – Black Americans in the 20th Century
  • AMH 5930 – Selected Topics in United States History (Graduate Course)
  • HIS 3104 – The Nature of History
  • HIS 4024 – Oral Historical Studies
  • HIS 5209 – Contemporary Problems in United States History (Graduate Course)

Publications and Presentations:

  • Between Washington and Du Bois: The Racial Politics of James Edward Shepard  (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2018).
  • Repression, Reform, and Revolution: New Studies on the Long Civil Rights Movement (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2018), co-editor.
  • “Florida State Normal and Industrial School for Coloreds: Thomas DeSalle Tucker and His Radical Approach to Black Higher Education,” in Repression, Reform, and Revolution: New Studies on the Long Civil Rights Movement (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2018).
  • “James Edward Shepard and The Politics of Black Education, 1933-1947,” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, 23 (Spring/Summer 2016), 1: 53-79.
  • “Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College and the Gray Years: 1944-1949,” The Griot: The of African American Studies, 34 (Fall 2015), 20-30.
  • “Wings Over Jordan’: The Legacy of William Jasper Hale Sr., Tennessee State Agriculture and Industrial University’s First President,” The Griot: The of African American Studies, 33 (Fall 2014), 2: 9-19.
  • “How to infuse the SCALE-UP Method in your History Course” (article in progress).
  • “Nathan B. Young: Florida A&M College’s Second President and His Relationships with White Public Officials,” in David H. Jackson, Jr., and E. Canter Brown, Jr., editors, Go Sound the Trumpet! Selections in Florida African American History (Tampa: The University Press of Tampa, 2005), 153-172.
Book Reviews and Other Publications
  • Reparation and Reconciliation: The Rise and Fall of Integrated Higher Education.  By Christi M. Smith. (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, c. 2016. Pp. x. 334. $29.95, ISBN 978-1-4696-3069-4).  Review in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
  • Selected Writings and Speeches of James E. Shepard, 1896-1946: founder of North Carolina Central University. Compiled and Edited with Commentaries by Lenwood G. Davis with the assistance of Janie Miller.  (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c. 2013. Pp. x. 235. $75.00, ISBN 978-1-61147-544-9). Review in the Journal of Southern History, Spring 2015.
  • Seeing Through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography.  By Martin A. Berger. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011. Acknowledgements, bibliography, notes, index. Pp. xii, 264. $27.50 paper). Review in the Florida Historical Quarterly, Summer 2013.
  • “Nathan B. Young,” African American National Biography Online, January, 2012.
  • “Hollis Freeman Price,” Tennessee Historical Quarterly Online, Fall 2008.

Contact Info

515 Orr Dr.
462 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850)599-3447
F: (850)599-3950