Dr Reed has taught English Language and Literature at the American University of Nigeria since the spring semester of 2010. Here he served as chair of the English department for five years. He was also the editor of the student literary journal Reflections and the Arts and Sciences faculty newsletter.
Before that, he taught at Bethune-Cookman College, in Daytona Beach, Florida, Benedict College, in Columbia, South Carolina, and Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. While at Bethune Cookman College he served as the area coordinator for the English area for five years. He served as a member of the board of directors of the National Association for African-American Studies, and editor of the organization’s publication, The Journal of Intercultural Disciplines from February 2004 until January 2009.
He has made twenty presentations at literary conferences, including the National Association of African American Studies, the College Language Association, and the Faulkner Conference at Southeast Missouri State University. He earned his PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in August of 1992.
He is presently teaching Introduction to British Literature, Introduction to World Literature in Translation, and two courses in Freshman Composition II.
His research interests include African American literature, especially the works of Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin. He is also interested in the writing of the American author William Faulkner and is presently completing an article entitled “A Death in the Reverend’s House” on the Faulkner novel Light in August.
His publications include “The Iron and the Flesh: History as Machine in Ellison’s Invisible Man,” and “Behold the Woman: The Imaginary Wife in Octavia Butler’s Kindred,” both in the refereed CLA Journal.
His doctoral dissertation is titled, A Illusion of Order: An Analysis of Richard Wright's Native Son and The Outsider, and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
African American literature
Introduction to British Literature
Introduction to World Literature in Translation
Freshman Composition II.
The Iron and the Flesh: History as Machine in Ellison’s Invisible Man,”
“Behold the Woman: The Imaginary Wife in Octavia Butler’s Kindred,” both in the refereed CLA Journal.