Marc Reyes, a University of Missouri history grad and current PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut, is working on a dissertation on the history of India’s atomic energy and nuclear weapons program. The scholar recently shared his thoughts about the Department of History, his education at Mizzou, how his degree led to success, his dissertation, and much more. He spent a year in India (2018-2019) with his wife, Libby, and returned to the area – Kansas City – for the birth of his son, Henry, born in 2020. He is also a Fulbright recipient and editor and co-founder of Contingent Magazine.
History Department: When did you graduate from MU and what degree did you acquire?
Reyes: I graduated in 2006 with a BA in History. I got my Master’s from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) in 2014 and am finishing up my PhD at the University of Connecticut (he’s been in the program since 2014), also in History. So, I am a history major all the way from beginning to end.
History Department: You live in Kansas City, no? How are you finishing your PhD program long-distance?
Reyes: I lived in Connecticut for the first four years of my program, and then spent two years either in India or doing other international research. I teach online – whether it’s an asynchronous or synchronous course. I am teaching a synchronous class now. So, I’ve been teaching online since the fall of 2020. Last fall, I taught in a different department than history: I taught in a digital media and design department. It’s nice to be able to live back here, but still teach for UConn. They’ve been pretty flexible.