Professor of Political Science
The director of Swarthmore's Center for Social and Policy Studies, Prof. Reeves examines the impact of racial politics on electoral behavior and public policy issues. He is author of the highly acclaimed Voting Hopes or Fears?: White Voters, Black Candidates, and Racial Politics in America (Oxford University Press, 1997).
Reeves is also the director of a Swarthmore College initiative whose goal is to revitalize Chester, Pa., Reeves' hometown. Focusing on anti-poverty efforts, public school reform, civic participation and engagement, and community economic development, Reeves works with the college's office of community service learning programs to coordinate specific opportunities for Swarthmore students in Chester and direct research efforts in the areas of felony disenfranchisement and the digital divide.
A 1988 Swarthmore alumnus, Reeves received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1994. After six years at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, he joined Swarthmore's faculty in 1999.