John Reda joins the Illinois State faculty as an assistant professor of History specializing in the Colonial period. Reda received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009 and was awarded a prestigious Dean’s Scholar Award in 2006. His dissertation was titled “Joining the Union: Land, Race, and Sovereignty in the Illinois Country, 1763-1825.” Reda is currently revising his dissertation for publication by the Northern Illinois University Press. His research interests encompass both American and Atlantic World history and include the Trans-Appalachian West, the subject of slavery, and independence issues. He has recently taught Colonial American History as an adjunct professor at North Central College. Reda and his wife are film buffs and enjoy traveling around the United States and Canada by car.