David Reamer is an academic and public scholar interested in the intersections of social justice, history, and community construction.



Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Alaska Anchorage, December 2015

Other Publications

Histories of Anchorage, a weekly public history series in the Anchorage Daily News, beginning January 5, 2020.

Hartman, Ian C., and David Reamer. “‘A Far North Dixie Land’: Black Settlement, Discrimination, and Resistance in Urban Alaska.” Western Historical Quarterly 51, no 1 (2020): 29-48.

Reamer, David. Greater Friendship Baptist Church, Anchorage, AK. National Register of Historic Places nomination. Listed June 21, 2019.

Reamer, David. “Without Open Arms: Alaska Response to WWII Refugee Immigration Proposals.” Alaska History Journal 33, no. 1 (2018): 14-33.

Burke, Tracey, C. Durr, and David Reamer. “The Importance of Local Foods for Users of Food pantries in Accessible Rural Alaska.” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 8, no. 1 (2018): 53-69.

Reamer, David. “Brad Kilby.” Society for American Baseball Research, 2017.

Reamer, David, with Chantel Welch and Paul Wackrow. 2017 Russian Jack Community Impact Measures: Survey Report. Anchorage, AK: NeighborWorks Alaska, 2017.

Reamer, David. “Jerry Kenney.” Society for American Baseball Research, 2016.

Reamer, David. “‘Damn the Bitches, They Want Gin’: The Eighteenth-Century English Gin Craze.” New England Journal of History 73, no. 1 (2016): 82-103.

Reamer, David, with Clare Dannenberg. An Oral and Written History of Fairview: Past, Present, & Future. Anchorage, AK: Center for Community Engagement & Learning, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2015.

Blog Posts


    • Cowriting an academic monograph on Anchorage’s black history, currently under review with the University of Washington Press

    • Writing a weekly public history series for the Anchorage Daily News

    • Writing a public history monograph on Fairview, a historic Anchorage, AK neighborhood, for the Cook Inlet Historical Society

    • Writing a public history monograph on Spenard, a historic Anchorage, AK neighborhood, for the Cook Inlet Historical Society

    • Posting a weekly Anchorage public history series on Nextdoor, a neighborhood-level social networking service

    • Contributing author to Archipedia, the peer-reviewed online encyclopedia of the Society of Architectural Historians

    • Researching the representation of Alaska in trading cards, 1889-1958

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    Reamer, David. “From Prostitution to the Pipeline: A Colorful History of Anchorage.” Opportunities for Lifelong Education, February 2020, Anchorage, AK.

    Reamer, David. “Spenard Stories.” Urban & Rural in Alaska: Community Engagement Conference, November 2019, Anchorage, AK.

    Bowers, Pamela, Donna Aguiniga, David Reamer, and Jordann Reynolds. “Homeless Youth Shelters and Services for Transgender Clients: Results from a Nationwide Survey” [poster]. Annual Conference for the Society of Social Work and Research, January 2019, San Francisco, CA.

    Reamer, David. “Greater Friendship Baptist Church: Race, Place, and Endurance in Anchorage, AK.” Tundra Vision public history series, September 2018, Anchorage, AK.

    Reamer, David. “The Spenard Divorce: Humor and Normalization of Domestic Violence.” Alaska Historical Society Annual Conference, September 2018, Nome, AK.

    Reamer, David. “Greater Friendship Baptist Church: A History.” Greater Friendship Baptist Church anniversary celebration, June 2018, Anchorage, AK.

    Reamer, David. “‘They Burned It Down’: Housing Discrimination in Mid-twentieth Century Anchorage.” Alaska Historical Society/Museums Alaska Conference, September 2017, Anchorage, AK.

    Reamer, David. “A History of Fairview.” Fairview Community Council, February 2017, Anchorage, AK.

    Reamer, David, and Pamela Bowers. “Jane Addams and the Missing ‘L’ Word” [poster]. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, November 2016, Atlanta, GA.



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