Dr. Reavis L. Mitchell, Jr.


Since 1980, Dr. Mitchell has been a member of the history faculty at Fisk University, where he presently Professor of History.  During his tenure, he has held numerous administrative positions at Fisk, including Director of Institutional Advancement, Executive Assistant to the President, and Dean of Academic Affairs.  He has held adjunct professorships with the College of St. Francis and with Vanderbilt University.

Reavis L. Mitchell was one of the historians organizing Nashville’s Local Conference on African American History and Culture.  Over the past 20 years, he has written and had published a number of profiles in the conference proceedings, “Leaders of Afro-American Nashville.”  In addition to this work, he also is the author of Thy Loyal Children Make Their Way: A History of Fisk University Since 1866 and of 12 entries in Tennessee Encyclopedia of History of Culture.  He has written hundreds of historical monographs in journals, magazines, and newspapers, and is the author of the illustrated chapter,” Alexandria, Tennessee: Slumbering in the Shadow of Progress,” for Critical Essays on W. E. B. Du Bois’ Souls of Black Folk, an anthology from the University of Missouri Press. Mitchell is co-author with historian Bobby Lovette of “Of Promises Kept,” A History of Nashville’s Citizens Bank.

Dr. Mitchell is frequently consulted on African-American heritage and architecture, and his comments have been published in TIME, Ebony, Black Enterprise, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, and The Journal of Ethnic Studies.  For two years he served as a historical consultant for the documentary film on the Fisk Jubilee Singers for PBS’s The American Experience, produced by WGBH, Boston.  He served as consultant to Spark Media in Washington, D.C., for its documentary film, Partners of the Heart, a chronicle of the life of pioneering surgical research technician, Vivien T. Thomas.  In 2010 Nashville Public Television asked Reavis Mitchell to serve as primary consultant for a documentary to be entitled “The Stieglitz Collection,” and Fisk University.

Dr. Mitchell has served on the Metro Historical Commission and he chaired that commission in 2006-2008.  Presently he serves as Vice President of the Tennessee Historical Commission on which he is completing his 4th five year term.  In 2007 he was elected chair of (TSRB) for nomination to The National Trust of Historic Places, and as a member of the Tennessee Historical Society he serves as Recording Secretary.  In 2012 the National Association of Social and Behavioral Scientist presented its’ W.E.B. DuBois Award to Reavis L. Mitchell, as one of America’s leading scholars in the Social Sciences.

Dr. Mitchell is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, serving two terms as the national historian.

Dr. Reavis L. Mitchell, Jr.
Professor of History, Dean of the School of Humanities Social and Behavioral Sciences.

B.A. in History, Fisk University
M.S. in History, Tennessee State University
Doctor of Arts in History, Middle Tennessee State University
Post Doctorate in Lifelong learning, Harvard  

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