Kay Reeve is a Professor of History and History Education. She received her B.S. in Secondary Education (History & English) from Texas Tech University and taught at the high school level before returning to earn her MA in European History from Texas Tech University, and her PH.D in American History from Texas A&M University. Prior to coming to KSU in 1991, she taught at Auburn University and Auburn University at Montgomery.
Her specialty is the History of the American West, with special emphasis on the roles played by geography, environment and diversity in the history and culture of the region. She has published studies on aspects of the art and literary colonies in Northern New Mexico and, most recently, an article in the Journal of the West on interdisciplinary approaches for teaching the history of the West with literature, film, and fine art, as well as traditional scholarly sources. She also teaches the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, America to 1890, and courses in the American Studies and the MED programs.
She is the History Education Advisement Coordinator, Coordinator of the Social Studies Concentration in the Masters of Adolescent Education program, and Co-Coordinator of the Northwest Georgia Regional National History Day contest. The contest annually brings over 100 middle and high school students to KSU to present their historical research. She regularly collaborates with practicing secondary teachers and her history education colleagues to present at conferences focused on teaching. She remains active in her home discipline through work with the Georgia Association of Historians, and is currently serving as president of that organization.