In 1996, Renford Reese received his Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Southern California's School of Policy, Planning, and Development. He conducted his dissertation research at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in Geneva, Switzerland in 1995. He received his Master's degree in public policy from the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies in 1990 and his Bachelor's degree in political science from Vanderbilt University in 1989. Son of the late pioneer journalist, Earnest Reese, Dr. Reese is currently a professor in the political science department
at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is the faculty coordinator of the Africa Study Abroad program and the International Fieldwork in Europe Alternative Spring Break program. He is a regular guest columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News and the author of four provocative nonfiction books: American Bravado (2007), Prison Race (2006), Leadership in the LAPD: Walking the Tightrope (2005), and American Paradox: Young Black Men (2004). He is also the author of the Starbucks "The Way I See It" Quote #294: "Insensitivity makes arrogance ugly; empathy is what makes humility beautiful." Reese has traveled to 80 countries and has given lectures in many of them. In 2009, Reese was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholars Award and lectured in the American Studies program at the University of Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong, he was inspired to write his first novel, Hong Kong Nights. He was featured on ESPN's "Realizing the Dream" series and appears as a commentator on the Biography Channel's mini-bios on Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson. He is the founder of the Prison Education Project, the Reintegration Academy for parolees, and the Colorful Flags program. He was the recipient of the 2011 George P. Hart "Faculty of the Year" award at Cal Poly Pomona. Reese is a 2014 recipient of the Haynes Foundation Faculty Fellowship and is currently on sabbatical leave serving as the inaugural Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Global/Local Action and Study at Pitzer College.
Professor Reese shares a moment with NBC Nightly News correspondent, Chelsea
Clinton. Clinton came to the CRC-Norco prison to a report on prison education,
which aired on May 8, 2012.
Cornel West Brings CPP Together; Historic Night at CPP, The Poly Post,
February 1, 7, 2012.
Professor Reese shares a laugh with South African Bishop Desmond Tutu in
his office. Tutu taught Reese a few phrases in Xhosa. Reese met with Bishop
Tutu to discuss the Colorful Flags program.
Professor Reese shares a moment with the legendary television producer Norman
Lear at his home.
Children listen while Dr. Renford Reese speaks about the importance of education at
the Los Angeles Clippers' Ryan Hollins' Youth Basketball Camp at John Muir High
School (Pasadena Star News, August 1, 2012: SGVN/ Photo By Sarah Reingewirtz).
Dr. Reese shares lessons learned with actor Larenz Tate. Reese brought Tate to the
CRC-Norco prison to dialogue with inmates on November 9, 2012.
Nelson Mandela: A Potrait of Great Leadership
Reese Delivers TEDx Talk inside of Ironwood State Prison, July 16, 2014
Four Broncos Experience Emotional Journey to Africa, August 15, 2013
Professor Receives George P. Hart Award, Metro Pomona, September 22, 2011
Students get brave opportunity through `Prison Project', The Poly Post, November 29, 2011
A Captive Audience, Cosmopolitanism, September 9, 2012
Accomplished Professor, Author,The Poly Post, February 28, 2011
Making an Impact in the Field of Life, Vanderbilt Commodore Magazine, March 2010
Would-be president, scholar, actor, rapper, athlete, activist shine on Henry County, The Henry Herald
Cal Poly Pomona Professor Featured in ESPN Spot, The Poly Post
McDonough Native Featured in ESPN Spot, The Henry Herald; ESPN "Realizing the Dream" Commercial
Political Science Professor Awarded Fulbright Fellowship
Study Abroad Opportunity with Professor Reese
College Students in Taiwan told to be 'Fish out of Water'
U.S. State Department/American Institute of Taiwan Lecture Series
Obama and Race Relations in America, Zhuhai, China
The Obama Presidency One Year Later: What has changed? Macau, S.A.R, China
Henry's Renford Reese
Henry's Native Quote
Colorful Flags Assembly
Street Music in Seattle
College Football Days at Vanderbilt