Professor Barbara Reeves-Ellington

Barbara Reeves-EllingtonRAI Associate Visiting Research Fellow, 2012-2013
Associate Professor of History, Siena College

Barbara Reeves-Ellington is associate professor in the History Department at Siena College, Loudonville, New York, where she teaches courses in U.S. History, specializing in U.S. foreign relations and immigration. She earned her B.A. from the University of London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

She is the author of Domestic Frontiers: Gender, Reform, and American Interventions in the Ottoman Balkans and the Near East (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013), co-editor, with Kathryn Kish Sklar and Connie Shemo, of Competing Kingdoms: Women, Mission, Nation, and the American Protestant Empire, 1812-1960 (Duke University Press, 2010), and co-author, with Wendy Pojmann and Karen Mahar, of The History Student’s Handbook: A Guide to Historical Thinking, Research and Writing (Oxford University Press, under contract). She is currently working on a book-length project “Empires Together: Missions, Diplomacy, and Anglo-American Entanglements in the Near East, 1819-1919.” Reeves-Ellington serves on the advisory board of Women and Social Movements, International-1840 to the Present, the national board of Phi Alpha Theta, the editorial board of Social Sciences and Missions, and the William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grant Committee of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

 

Publications

Books

The History Student’s Handbook: A Guide to Historical Thinking, Research and Writing, co-authored with Wendy Pojmann and Karen Mahar. Oxford University Press, under contract.

Domestic Frontiers: Gender, Reform, and American Interventions in the Ottoman Balkans and the Near East. University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.

Competing Kingdoms: Women, Mission, Nation, and the American Protestant Empire, 1812-1960, co-editor, with Kathryn Kish Sklar and Connie Shemo. Duke University Press, 2010.

Selected articles and essays

“American Women’s Foreign Mission Boards, 1800 to 1938: A Century of Organizing Denominationally, Ecumenically, Internationally.” Women and Social Movements International, forthcoming, spring 2012 (http://wasi.alexanderstreet.com/help/view/list_of_essay_writers).

 “Women, Protestant Missions, and American Cultural Expansion, 1800 to 1938: A Historiographical Sketch.” Social Sciences and Missions 24, no. 2 (2011): 190-206.

“Petko Slaveykov, the Protestant Press, and the Gendered Language of Moral Reform in Bulgarian Nationalism,” in American Missionaries and the Middle East: Foundational Encounters, eds. Mehmet Ali Doğan and Heather Sharkey, 211-236. University of Utah Press, 2011.

“Gender, Conversion, and Social Transformation: The American Discourse of Domesticity and the Origins of the Bulgarian Women’s Movement, 1864-1876,” in Converting Cultures: Religion, Ideology, and Transformations of Modernity, eds. Dennis Washburn and A. Kevin Reinhart, 115-140 E.J. Brill, 2007.

“A Vision of Mount Holyoke in the Ottoman Balkans: American Cultural Transfer, Bulgarian Nation-Building, and Women’s Educational Reform, 1858-1870.” Gender & History 16, no. 1 (2004): 146-71.

Recent and Scheduled Academic Presentations

“American Women Missionaries, 1818-1927:  A Century of Organizing Denominationally, Ecumenically, Transnationally” Annual Conference of the Organization of American Historians, April 11-14, 2013, San Francisco.

“Challenging Missionary Control: The American College or Women in Constantinople (Istanbul).” (Presidential Panel). Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Boston, November 17-20, 2011.

Chair/Discussant for panel “Evangelical Identity and Anglo-American Connections in Foreign Missions.” Annual Conference of the Society for the History of the Early American Republic, Philadelphia, July 14-17, 2011.

 “Sources on Women and Foreign Missions in the Near East, 1830-1900.” Annual Conference of the American Historical Association, Boston, January 6-9, 2011.

 “The Constantinople Home: The Multiple Meanings of Space and Location in an American Mission in Istanbul.” Annual Conference of the American Historical Association, Boston, January 6-9, 2011.

Research Fellowships and Awards

Associate Visiting Research Fellowship, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, 2012-2013.

Fellow, Leslie Center Humanities Institute, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Fall 2002.

Workshop participant, Cultural Exchanges between U.S. and Central/Eastern Europe, Center for North American Studies, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, 2002.

Fulbright Junior Fellow, Institute of Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1999-2000.