It has no doubt been noticed–for those that care about the deep red-blue rivalries of Utah, anyway–that Times and Seasons does pretty well when it comes to drawing upon the Cougars insofar as perma- and guest-bloggers are concerned, but until this point, our track record with the Utes has been lacking. With arrival of Paul Reeve, an assistant professor of history at the University of Utah, as a guestblogger for the next little while, we hope to turn that record around.
Reeve serves on the board of editors for the Utah Historical Quarterly and on the governing board of the Mormon History Association. As a graduate student of the U of U, he studied under the late Dean L. May and was Mayâ€™s last doctoral student to graduate before Mayâ€™s untimely death in 2003. Reeveâ€™s first full time teaching position was at Southern Virginia University, in Buena Vista, Virginia. In 2005 the University of Utah hired Reeve to teach Utah history and the history of the American West, the position that had been held by his mentor, May. He feels honored to be at the U. and to follow in Mayâ€™s footsteps. His first book, Making Space on the Western Frontier: Mormons, Miners, and Southern Paiutes, a revision of his award winning dissertation, was published in March 2007 with University of Illinois Press (J. Stapely praised the book in a thoughtful review at That Other Blog here).
Reeve is married to Beth Brumer; they are the parents of six children under the age of nine, four of their own and a niece and nephew whom they are in the process of adopting. They also have a poodle named Buck (but please don’t hold that against him). Welcome, Paul!