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JANICE L REIFF

PROFESSOR

Office: 9252 BUNCHE Hall
Phone: 310-825-5029
Fax: 310-206-9630
E-mail: jreiff@ucla.edu

Mailing Address:

UCLA Department of History
6265 Bunche Hall
Box 951473
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473

Class Websites

Field

United States, Digital Humanities, Urban History, Social History, 20th Century, Historical Methods

Research Interests


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.

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

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

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

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