T. V. Reed is the Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Washington State University. Reed teaches classes on cultural theory, on contemporary American fiction, on social movements, and on popular culture. All of Reed's work deals with the relationship between cultural forms and social change. He is the author of Fifteen Jugglers, Five Believers: Literary Politics and the Poetics of American Social Movements (Univ. of California Press), and of The Art of Protest (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2005), which retells the history of key US social movements from Civil Rights era to the current movement against corporate globalization using cultural forms (music, murals, poetry, drama, etc.) as lenses onto the movements.
Reed is also working on a book introducing critical cyberculture studies, and on another treating thirties Northwest radical novelist Robert Cantwell. Reed's articles on James Agee and E.L. Doctorow have appeared in Representations and American Literary History. He is the author of the most widely used bibliographic essay on "Theory and Method in American Studies," appearing originally in American Studies International, and now also available in a much-expanded online version. Reed has also published articles on apartheid and popular music, on Native radicals in film, and on environmental justice ecocriticism, among other topics.
Reed has been very active in the use of electronic media in American studies and is the author/manager of the widely visited website culturalpolitics.net. Culturalpolitics.net includes sites on Digital Cultures, Environmental Justice Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, Social Movement Cultures, and Interdisciplinary Cultural Theory.
Reed has published several articles recently in the area of interdisciplinary peace studies, focusing on aesthetic/cultural forces within the US and international peace movements. He has as well published recently on decolonial environmental justice cultural criticism in Leslie Silko's novel, Almanac of the Dead (MELUS 2010). His piece on the cultural study of social movements will appear next year in the leading European handbook on social movement theory.
Reed has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Cultural Studies of the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the JFK Institute for North American Studies in Berlin, Germany, and a Mellon Fellow at Wesleyan University. He was co-chair of the national American Studies Association's conference for 2002, and has been a member of the ASA's national council. He has long worked for the internationalization of American studies, the effort to undercut the ethnocentrism too often found in the field, and has been involved in projects with universities in Germany, Ukraine, Morocco, the Peoples' Republic of China, and Japan.