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David Reichard

School of Humanities & Communication

Contact information

(831) 582-3117

Building & room

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Office hours

On Leave for the 2019-20 Academic Year


Research Interests:

Trained in history and law, Professor Reichard's research focuses on 19th and 20th century U.S. social, political and legal history. He is currently completing a book, tentatively entitled "Doing Unheard of Things: Early LGBT Student Organizing On California College Campuses, 1967-1978" focusing on the origins of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) student politics in California. His other research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning and was selected as a 2003-2004 Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) scholar.

University and Community Interests:

Professor Reichard's recent courses include Constitutional History; Constitutional Law; Sexuality, Law and History; Senior Capstone: and Legal Studies Internship.

He has also been involved in numerous LGBTQ+ initiatives and organizations. He has worked closely with the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, volunteering in the archives, supporting exhibits at the GLBT History Museum, and serving as a member and as co-chair of the organization's Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Monterey Peninsula Pride, which coordinates an annual Pride celebration. He also coordinates a Legal Studies Internship experience for students. The spring version of the course partners with local legal aid organizations and provides students at opportunity to work with these organizations to help close a critical justice gap in the region while gaining valuable hands-on learning experiences in the legal field.

Select Publications:

Behind the Scenes at The Gayzette: The Gay Student Union and Queer World Making at UCLA in the 1970s,” Oral History Review 43(1) (2016): 98-114“Exploring Student Learning in Unfamiliar Territory: A Humanist and a Scientist Compare Notes,” co-authored with Kathy Takayama, in Kathleen McKinney, ed. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning In and Across the Disciplines (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012)

Animating Ephemera through Oral History: Interpreting Visual Traces of California Gay College Student Organizing from the 1970s," Oral History Review (Winter-Spring 2012) 39(1): 37-60

"'We Can't Hide and They Are Wrong': The Society for Homosexual Freedom and the Struggle for Recognition at Sacramento State College, 1969-1971," Law and History Review 28(3) (2010): 629-674

Teaching Vignette, "Connection, Assessment and Reflection: Assessing Learning Outcomes in a Multicultural Conflict Resolution Course" in Amy Driscoll and Swarup Wood, eds. Developing Outcomes-Based Assessment for Learner-Centered Education (Sterling, Virginia: Stylus Publishing, 2007)

"How Do Students Understand the History of the American West? An Argument for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning," The Western Historical Quarterly 37(2) (Summer 2006): 207-214

"Forgotten Voices and Different Memories": How Students at California State University Monterey Bay Become Their Own Historians," Textbooks and Teaching Section, "Teaching Outside the Box," Journal of American History 88(4) (March 2002): 1467-1471 reprinted in Gary J. Kornblith and Carol Lasser, eds. Teaching American History: Essays Adapted from the Journal of American History, 2001-2007 (Boston and New York: Bedford/St. Martin's 2009)