Jan Reiff  received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1981. She worked at the Newberry Library, Northwestern University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Bremen before joining the UCLA faculty in 1992.

Prof. Reiff has published Structuring the Past: The Use of Computers in History (1992), edited, with Helen Hornbeck Tanner, Dirk Hoerder, Henry Dobyns, and John Long, The Settling of North America: The Atlas of the Great Migrations into North America from the Ice Age to the Present (1995), with James R. Grossman and Ann Durkin Keating, the prize-winning The Encyclopedia of Chicago (2004), and, most recently, Chicago Business and Industry: FROM FUR TRADE TO E-COMMERCE (2013). The online version of the Encyclopedia of Chicago  was launched in 2005 as joint project of the Chicago Historical Society, the Newberry Library, and Northwestern University. She has also published numerous articles on a variety of different topics. Currently, Prof. Reiff is finishing a manuscript tentatively entitled “Manufacturing Communities: Pullman Workers and Their Towns, 1880-1981.”

Prof. Reiff teaches a variety of courses at UCLA. The coordinator of the “Los Angeles” Freshman Cluster, she was also a member of the teaching staff for the “Sixties” GE cluster and has taught American social history, U.S. since 1960, the U.S. survey, and various undergraduate seminars about cities, including a neighborhood based course on L. A.’s Historic Filipinotown, and a seminar in digital history/digital humanities. Among the graduate seminars she has offered are Comparative Urbanisms, Popular Culture, U.S. Urban History, U.S. Since 1930, U.S. Social History, and Hypermedia and History. She has also taught at the University of Bremen and the University of Utrecht.

Reiff has served as Chair of UCLA’s Graduate Council (2007-2009), the Senate’s Committee on Teaching (2011-2012), and Chair of the Senate (2013-2014). She also currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor / Provost for Online Instruction.


Rob Watson , 2012-2015
Department: English; Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Neikirk Project: Literature and the Environment