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Akela Reason

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Associate Professor
Director, Museum Studies Certificate Program

Akela Reason is a scholar of American visual and material culture. She is also director of the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Museum Studies. She teaches courses in material culture, urban history, and museum studies. Her first book, Thomas Eakins and the Uses of History (U. Penn Press, 2010), won the 2011 Southeastern College Art Conference Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication. She is currently finishing a book-length manuscript, titled Politics and Memory: Civil War Monuments in Gilded Age New York (under contract with Yale University Press). She has also published several articles and essays on American art and visual culture. In addition to teaching, she has worked at several museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the High Museum of Art. She also runs the Maymester Museum Studies Program in Atlanta

She has three children, three cats, and one very disobedient, but endearingly loyal, dog. She enjoys reading escapist science fiction, running, and comedy. She believes that Muppet Theory is the most meaningful way of understanding other humans. 



Selected Publications:

Reason, Akela. Thomas Eakins And The Uses Of History. Univ. Penn. Press, 2010. Print.


PhD, University of Maryland, American Visual Culture 2005

Events featuring Akela Reason
101 LeConte Hall

For graduate and undergraduate students -- join us for an information session about UGA’s program in public history in Washington, DC this summer! Students will spend the entire summer living in Washington, DC while interning at major cultural and historical institutions. During Maymester, students participate in a course on American Museums, Parks, and Monuments…

101 LeConte

This installment of the Department of History’s undergraduate lecture series features Dr. Akela Reason. Professor Reason teaches courses on the history of American cities, material culture, and public history. She is also the founder of the Department of History’s Summer Program in Public History in…

M. Smith Griffith Auditorium of the Georgia Museum of Art

The Willson Center will present “Moving Statues: A Conversation of the Global South” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 in the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium of the Georgia Museum of Art as part of the 2019 Global Georgia…

Georgia Museum of Art University of Georgia 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA

Join Dr. Akela Reason, associate professor of history, for a special talk in the exhibition “Celebrating Heroes: American Mural Studies of the 1930s and 1940s from the Steven and Susan Hirsch…

101 LeConte Hall

Join us for an information session on our Public History Internship Program in Washington, D.C.

Program Director Dr. Akela Reason will discuss eligibility requirements, program costs, available courses, and how to apply.

In recent years program students have interned at institutions and historical sites such as the Tudor House, Library of Congress,…

101 LeConte Hall

This installment of the Department of History's undergraduate lecture series features Dr. Akela Reason, Associate Professor and Director of the Museum Studies Certificate program. Dr. Reason will discuss Winslow Homer’s last major painting of the Civil War, Rainy Day in Camp, and the depiction of the leader of…

321 LeConte Hall, 12:40 - 1:30 PM.

This intensive 3-credit Maymester program introduces students to museum methods and practices using Atlanta’s museums as our classroom. Students attend a three-day workshop on campus before spending a week in Atlanta visiting museums and historic sites. Site visits include meetings with staff to discuss their work.

Students enroll in HIST 4024/6024 Topics…

Georgia Museum of Art

Akela Reason, associate professor of history at the University of Georgia, will give a gallery talk in conjunction with the exhibition “Object Lessons in American Art.” Her talk will expand on the exhibition through the lens of her expertise in American visual and material culture. Dr…

Lamar Dodd School of Art, N100

Associate Professor of History and Director of the UGA Museum Studies Certificate Program Akela Reason will present the lecture “Politics and Memory: Civil War Monuments in Gilded Age New York.”

Lecture Abstract:

As the financial and artistic capital of post-bellum America, New…

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