William Reese

Vilas Research Professor and Carl F. Kaestle WARF Professor

wjreese@wisc.edu

(608) 262-1760

223 Education Building

Reese, William

William J. Reese is a Vilas Research Professor and Carl F. Kaestle WARF Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a member of the National Academy of Education, and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. He teaches courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels on the history of American education and the history of childhood and adolescence. His books include Power and the Promise of School Reform: Grassroots Movements during the Progressive Era, The Origins of the American High School, America’s Public Schools: From the Common School to ‘No Child Left Behind,’ History, Education, and the Schools, a co-edited volume entitled Rethinking the History of American Education, and Testing Wars in the Public Schools: A Forgotten History. Current research projects include the history of the public schools of Washington, D.C., and the history of child prodigies.

Education

  • Ph D Educational Policy Studies (History and Philosophy of Education), , University of Wisconsin at Madison , 1980
  • MA History , Bowling Green State University , 1975
  • BA History, Wilkes College , 1973

Publications

  • Reese, W. J. (2013) Testing Wars in the Public Schools: A Forgotten History Harvard University Press.
  • Reese, W. J. (2008) Rethinking the History of American Education: Essays on the Post-Revisionist Era and Beyond Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Reese, W. J. (2007) History, Education, and the Schools Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Reese, W. J. (2005) America’s Public Schools: From the Common School to ‘No Child Left Behind' The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Reese, W. J. (1998) Hoosier Schools: Past and Present Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • Reese, W. J. (1995) The Origins of the American High School New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Reese, W. J. (1988) The Social History of American Education Urbana: The University of Illinois Press.
  • Reese, W. J. (1986) Power and the Promise of School Reform: Grassroots Movements During the Progressive Era Boston and London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Presentations

  • Reese, W. J., Keynote Lecture, "The Mysterious World of Prodigies in an Age of Wonder" (2019), British History of Education Society, London, England
  • Reese, W. J., Urban History Seminar, "The Calculating Boy" (2019), University of Kansas–Lawrence
  • Reese, W. J., Graduate and Postgraduate Workshop, "Zerah Colburn: America’s First Child Celebrity" (2018), University of Zurich
  • Reese, W. J., History of Testing, "Backstory radio program" (2016), University of Virginia
  • Reese, W. J., International Symposium for World Heritage Inscription/Seminar at National Institute of Education, "Learning Across National Borders/on history of assessment" (2013), Ashikaga, Japan/Tokyo, Japan
  • Reese, W. J., Spencer Foundation, "Frank L. Bixby Lecture" (2013)
  • Reese, W. J., History of Education conference, "Understanding the American High School" (2011), Monte Verita, Switzerland
  • Reese, W. J., Great Lakes Historical Association annual conference, "The Origins of the Testing Movement" (2011), Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Reese, W. J., Edgar W. Couper Lecture, "The Summer of ’45 and the First Big Test" (2009), Binghamton University
  • Reese, W. J., Saul O. Sidore Lecture, "The Origins of Academic Standards" (2008), University of New Hampshire

Awards and Honors

  • Vilas Research Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
  • Fellow, American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2008
  • WARF Professorship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
  • Distinguished Lectureship Program, Organization of American Historians, 2004
  • Elected to National Academy of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
  • Special Overseas Member, Election, Japan Society of Historical Studies of Education, 2019
  • Faculty Distinguished Professor Achievement Award, UW-Madison School of Education, 2018
  • Book Prizes, O.L. Davis, Jr., Distinguished Book Award and Outstanding Book Award for Testing Wars in the Public Schools: A Forgotten History (Harvard University Press, 2013), American Association for Teaching and Curriculum and History of Education Society, 2013
  • Named Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University, 2009
  • President, History of Education Society, 1999