Angelita Reyes

Project Director, CHIF Initiative
Founder/CEO Literacy InterActives, Inc., 501(c)(3)

Professional Background
School of Social Transformation
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Barrett Honors College
PhD, University of Iowa, Comparative Literature, 1986
Organizational Management, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

An award-winning author, scholar-teacher, and consultant, Dr. Angelita Reyes is a distinct voice in today's national and global arena of new approaches for social and organizational transformation. Her current work on vernacular architecture and material culture enabled the naming of a standing pre-Civil War slave cabin in southern Virginia, the Patrick Robert “Parker” Sydnor historic log cabin, to the prestigious National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia National Register.

Dr. Reyes is a professor of African and African American Studies and English and an affiliate faculty of Women and Gender Studies and the School for International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University. She is also a Barrett College Honors Professor.


Contact Information

School of Social Transformation
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 876403
Tempe, AZ 85287


Dr. Reyes is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her work in higher education, public diplomacy and community service. She received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Award from the City of Tempe, Arizona (2010) for her promotion and coordination of community multi-cultural initiatives.

She also currently serves on the City of Tempe Police Citizens Review Board and is a Board Member of the Arizona Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Dr. Reyes was a faculty curator of the multi-media exhibition, "Dynamic Journey: Transformations of Slavery-Era Spaces, Routes and Sounds" (2007). The exhibition was sponsored by the ASU Herberger College of Fine Arts Collaborative Research and Creativity Grant.

She has also presented at many international venues include serving as a delegate to the United Nations Second World Conference on Women in Copenhagen, Denmark; presenting a keynote address at the Women’s Worlds 8th International Interdisciplinary Congress in Kampala, Uganda; and serving as a lecturer and consultant in the public diplomacy and professional exchange program of the U.S. Department of State, hosted by the U. S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, Central Asia in 2007.

With her training in French-speaking cultures of Africa and speaking proficiency in French, Dr. Reyes was also a Fulbright scholar to the University of Bénin in the Republic of Bénin, West Africa.

Recent Publications

Dr. Reyes is the author of Mothering ACROSS Cultures: Postcolonial Representations (2002) which received the Choice Outstanding Academic Title in Language and Literature and nominated for the Modern Language Association's William Sanders Scarborough Prize (2003). She has also two edited books and has numerous articles in national and international journals.