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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. He received his Master's degree in public policy from the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies and his Bachelor's degree in political science from Vanderbilt University. His mother was his high school principal and his father is the late pioneer journalist, Earnest Reese. Dr. Reese has been a professor in the political science department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona for 23 years. He has traveled to 100 countries and is the faculty coordinator of several Study Abroad programs at Cal Poly Pomona. He is a regular guest columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News and the author of ten books. He is also the author of the Starbucks "The Way I See It" Quote #294. In 2009, Reese was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholars Award and lectured in the American Studies program at the University of Hong Kong. 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 is the director of Cal Poly Pomona's Project Rebound program for formerly incarcerated students on campus. He was the recipient of the George P. Hart "Faculty of the Year" award at Cal Poly Pomona and the Haynes Foundation Faculty Fellowship. Reese has been a Visiting Scholar at various institutions over the years.



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.

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
at his home.

Professor Reese shares a moment with scholar Cornel West on his visit to Cal Poly Pomona.

Professor Reese and politcal commentator/strategist, James Carville talk politics at Cal Poly

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.


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).

Sports Bio

Dr. Reese's Colorful Flags App







OpEd Articles
Cal Poly Pomona and CSUSB get 142k to Educate Ex-Cons, June 19, 2016
KCRW, Which Way, L.A.? Using Prison Education to Fight Recidivism in California,
December 16, 2015
tudy Circles help prepare Youth offenders for Reintegration, Inside the CDCR, November 30, 2015
Black Youths Face Uphill Battle--How do we help? Los Angeles Times,
October 20, 2015
cademy Teaches Young Offenders how to Reintegrate into Society, Inside the CDCR, October 2,2015
Campus Initiative Helps Students Make Sense of Textbook Costs,
November 26, 2014
1,235 Students Graduate from Muteesa I Royal University in Uganda
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, 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 sh ine 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
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Colorful Flags Assembly
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