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Janice Reiff


Professor & Waldo M. Neikirk Endowed Term Chair


Contact Information

Email    JREIFF@UCLA.EDU
Office  9252 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-5029

Jan Reiff received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1981. She worked at the Newberry Library, Northwestern University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Bremen before joining the UCLA faculty in 1992.

Prof. Reiff has published Structuring the Past: The Use of Computers in History (1992), edited, with Helen Hornbeck Tanner, Dirk Hoerder, Henry Dobyns, and John Long, The Settling of North America: The Atlas of the Great Migrations into North America from the Ice Age to the Present (1995), with James R. Grossman and Ann Durkin Keating, the prize-winning The Encyclopedia of Chicago (2004), and, most recently, Chicago Business and Industry: FROM FUR TRADE TO E-COMMERCE (2013). The online version of the Encyclopedia of Chicago was launched in 2005 as joint project of the Chicago Historical Society, the Newberry Library, and Northwestern University. She has also published numerous articles on a variety of different topics. Currently, Prof. Reiff is finishing a manuscript tentatively entitled "Manufacturing Communities: Pullman Workers and Their Towns, 1880-1981."

Prof. Reiff teaches a variety of courses at UCLA. The coordinator of the "Los Angeles" Freshman Cluster, she was also a member of the teaching staff for the "Sixties" GE cluster and has taught American social history, U.S. since 1960, the U.S. survey, and various undergraduate seminars about cities, including a neighborhood based course on L. A.'s Historic Filipinotown, and a seminar in digital history/digital humanities. Among the graduate seminars she has offered are Comparative Urbanisms, Popular Culture, U.S. Urban History, U.S. Since 1930, U.S. Social History, and Hypermedia and History. She has also taught at the University of Bremen and the University of Utrecht.

Reiff has served as Chair of UCLA's Graduate Council (2007-2009), its Committee on Teaching (2011-2012), and is currently (2012-2013) Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the UCLA Academic Senate.

Awards

  • UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, 2009
  • UCLA Graduate Student Association
    James LuValle Award, 2008
  • for the Encyclopedia of Chicago, American Association of Publishers, Scholarly Publishing Section, Best One Volume Reference Work in the Humanities, 2004
  • for the Encyclopedia of Chicago, Illinois State Historical Society, Best Book in Illinois History, 2004
  • for the Encyclopedia of Chicago, Commendation, City of Chicago, 2004
  • John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching, Case Western Reserve University, 1990 

Grants

PI/Co-PI

  • "Seeing Sunset: Learning Los Angeles," Office of Instructional Development Instructional Improvement Grant for online textbook for the Los Angeles Cluster, 2012-2013 (co-PI with Dell Upton)
  • "Prototyping new Scholarship in the YRL Research Commons," OVCR-IDRE, 2011-2013 (co-PI with Johanna Drucker)
  • "Mapping the Course: A Multidimensional Mapping Interface for Moodle, phase I and II", CCLE Innovation and Development Program, UCLA, 2009-2010 (co-PI with Chris Johanson and Todd Presner)
  • "Using the Movietone Archive for Teaching," Office of Instructional Development, UCLA, 2009-2010 (co-PI with Mark Quigley)
  • "Hypercities," HASTAC/MacArthur Digital Innovation Award, 2008-2009 (co-PI with Todd Presner, Philip J. Ethington, Jeff Burke, Chris Johanson, Diane Favro, and Mike Blockstein)
  • "Support to develop student research projects for a new freshman cluster course on Los Angeles," Office of Instructional Development, UCLA, 2007-2008 (co-PI with Jack Katz)
  • "Oral Histories of the Negro Baseball Leagues," Institute for American Cultures, UCLA, 2003-2004
  • "Funding to develop a web site to accompany lower-division GE cluster course on the 1960s," Office of Instructional Development, UCLA, 2001-2002 (co-PI with Rob Watson)
  • UCLA Academic Senate Research Grants, 1993-99, 2008-09
  • UCLA Career Development Grant, 1995
  • "Job Segregation and Community Hierarchies," National Science Foundation, Division of Sociology, 1982-84 (co-PI with Susan E. Hirsch)
  • Job Segregation and Community Hierarchies," National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of General Research, 1982-84 (co-PI with Susan E. Hirsch)


Projects funded through other institutions

  • "Pullman: Labor, Race, and the Urban Landscape in a Company Town," National Endowment for the Humanities, 2010-2011 (Danny Greene, Newberry Library, PI)
  • "Encyclopedia of Chicago," National Endowment for the Humanities, 1994-97, 1997-2000 (James R. Grossman, Newberry Library, PI)
  • "Encyclopedia of Chicago," MacArthur Foundation, 1996-97 (James R. Grossman, Newberry Library, PI)


Fellowships

  • Fulbright Professor, Labor Migration Center, University of Bremen, 1992-93
  • National Endowment for the Humanities / Lloyd Lewis Fellowship, Newberry Library, 1991 

Selected Publications

Books

  • Janice L. Reiff, ed., Chicago Business and Industry: FROM FUR TRADE TO E-COMMERCE (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013)
  • James R. Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, eds., Encyclopedia of Chicago (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004)
  • Helen Hornbeck Tanner, Janice L. Reiff, John Long, Dirk Hoerder, Henry Dobyns, The Setting of North America: The Atlas of the Great Migrations into North America from the Ice Age to the Present (New York: MacMillan, 1995)
  • Janice L. Reiff, Structuring the Past: The Use of Computers in History (Washington, DC: American Historical Association, 1991)


Digital Publications


Recent Articles

  • "New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as Depicted in Hit Movies," with David Halle, Eric Vanstrom, and Ted Nitschke, in David Halle and Andrew Beveridge, eds., New York and Los Angeles: the Uncertain Future (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • "Introduction to Special Issue on Transnational Urbanisms in the Americas,” Urban History 36:2 (August 2009) (with Philip J. Ethington, co-editor of special issue)
  • "Two Ideas, Two Cities, Two Projects: A Digital Urban World," Perspectives on History (May 2009)
  • "Through the Fun House Mirror: The Fulbright Teaching Experience in Germany,” in D'Haen, Theo, Paul Giles, Djelal Kadir, and Lois Parkinson Zamora (Eds.), How Far is America From Here? Selected Proceedings of the First World Congress of the International American Studies Association 22-24 May 2003 (Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2005)
  • "Career Making at Pullman: Employment Stability and Job Mobility for Railroad Repair Shop Workers, 1915-1970," in Origins of the Modern Career, David Mitch, John Brown, and Marco H. D. van Leeuwen, eds. (Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate: 2004) with Susan E. Hirsch 

Current Courses by Term

2017 Winter Quarter

Los Angeles: The Cluster

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2017 Spring Quarter

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2015 Spring Quarter
2015 Winter Quarter

Los Angeles: The Cluster

2014 Fall Quarter

Los Angeles: The Cluster

2013 Winter Quarter

Los Angeles: The Cluster

2012 Fall Quarter

Los Angeles: The Cluster

2011 Winter Quarter

Los Angeles: The Cluster

Special Courses in History

2010 Fall Quarter

Los Angeles: The Cluster

2009 Spring Quarter

Topics in History: U.S.

2009 Winter Quarter

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- U.S.

2008 Fall Quarter

Los Angeles: The Cluster

2008 Spring Quarter

They're Coming for You: Horror and Science Fiction Films during Cold War

2008 Winter Quarter

Los Angeles: The Cluster

2007 Fall Quarter

Los Angeles: The Cluster

2006 Fall Quarter

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: U.S.

2006 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2006 Winter Quarter

The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture

2005 Fall Quarter

The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture

Seminar: U.S. Social and/or Intellectual History

2005 Summer Session

History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: 20th Century

2005 Spring Quarter

The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture -- Special Topics

Seminar: U.S. Social and/or Intellectual History

2005 Winter Quarter

The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture

2004 Fall Quarter

The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2004 Spring Quarter

The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture -- Special Topics

2004 Winter Quarter

The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture

2003 Fall Quarter

The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2003 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Seminar

2002 Winter Quarter

The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture

Perspectives Post 911

2001 Fall Quarter

The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture

2001 Spring Quarter

The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture -- Special Topics

Seminar: U.S. Urban History

2001 Winter Quarter

The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture

2000 Fall Quarter

The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture

1999 Fall Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 191D
Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2016 Spring Quarter

GE CLST 66B
Los Angeles: The Cluster

2015 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

GE CLST 66A
Los Angeles: The Cluster

2014 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

HIST 188
Special Courses in History

2011 Winter Quarter

HIST 201H
Topics in History: U.S.

2009 Spring Quarter

HIST 191D
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- U.S.

2009 Winter Quarter

HIST 88S
They're Coming for You: Horror and Science Fiction Films during Cold War

2008 Spring Quarter

HIST 191D
Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: U.S.

2006 Fall Quarter

GE CLST 60CW
The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture -- Special Topics
HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2006 Spring Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

GE CLST 60B
The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

GE CLST 60A
The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

HIST 254B
Seminar: U.S. Social and/or Intellectual History

2005 Fall Quarter

HIST 13C
History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: 20th Century

2005 Summer Session

HIST 254A
Seminar: U.S. Social and/or Intellectual History

2005 Spring Quarter

HNRS 98
Fiat Lux Seminar

2003 Spring Quarter

HNRS 98
Perspectives Post 911

2002 Winter Quarter

GE CLST 60C
The U.S., 1963 to 1974: Politics, Society, and Culture -- Special Topics

2001 Spring Quarter

HIST 257A
Seminar: U.S. Urban History

2001 Spring Quarter

HIST 197I
Undergraduate Seminar

1999 Fall Quarter