Skyler Reidy

Visiting Assistant Professor of History
With Pomona Since: 2020
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  • Expertise


    Skyler Reidy’s teaching and research focus on Native American history. In order to trace the impacts of settler colonialism, Reidy studies environmental history, American religion, and cultural and intellectual history. He completed his dissertation at the University of Southern California in 2020 and is currently revising his manuscript. This project focuses on settler colonialism and ways of knowing nature in California, from the mission era through the 19th century.

    His article “‘Holy Ghost Tribe:’ The Needles Revival and the Origins of Pentecostalism,” appeared in the journal Religion & American Culture and demonstrates the important role of Mohave people in early charismatic Christianity. He is currently revising an article that examines the importance of natural disasters for the Ghost Dance movement and early Pentecostalism, which will appear in the Pacific Historical Review. These articles will form the basis of a larger project on prophetic religious movements in the borderlands.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Native American history
    • Environmental history
    • American religion
    • Borderlands
    • Cultural and intellectual history
  • Work



    “Supernatural Disasters: The Ghost Dance, Holiness Christianity, and the American West.” Pacific Historical Review. 92 No. 3. Fall 2023. (Forthcoming)

    “Holy Ghost Tribe: The Needles Revival and the Origins of Pentecostalism.” Religion & American Culture. 29 No. 3. Fall 2019.

    Book Review

    Review of Pentecostals in America. By Arlene Sanchez Walsh, in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. 4. No. 40. December, 2018.

    Online Publications

    God, Nature, and a 19th-Century California Mystery.” The Institute for California and the West blog. January 11, 2019.

    My First Year in Graduate School” Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association. September 21, 2015.

  • Education


    Ph.D., History
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

    M.A., American History
    College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

    B.A., American Studies and in History
    College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    • Public fellow, Acts of Faith: Religion in the American West, New-York Historical Society, 2020-2022
    • Fellow, Leonine Forum, 2019-2020
    • Graduate School Summer Grant, University of Southern California, 2017
    • Graduate Student Publication Funding Stipend, University of Southern California, 2017
    • Harold Hastings McVicar Scholar, University of Southern California, 2016-2017
    • Roberta Persinger Foulke Endowment Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2015
    • Graduated summa cum laude, College of William & Mary, 2011
    • Member, Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, 2010
    • James Monroe Scholar Summer Research Grant, College of William & Mary, 2010
    • James Monroe Scholar, 2008