Dr. Reanae McNeal is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Diversity Studies (Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, and American Studies) with a department home in English at Oklahoma State University. Her research involves decolonial approaches that accentuate the lived experiences of the marginalized, especially women. McNeal promotes social change, advances cross-cultural understanding, cultivates reparative and restorative justice, and fosters the healing of deep wounds through radical love and transformation. McNeal’s research-based creative work and scholarly endeavors address such topics as marginalized (her)stories, diversity, resiliency, faith, spirituality, and healing. Currently, McNeal is completing her book on the (her)stories of Afro Indigenous Women’s Rhetorics of Survivance and Activism. She is the recipient of the 2020 NCTE Early Career Educator of Color award and her work has also been supported by the prestigious Catherine Prelinger Award from the Coordinating Council for Women in History. She was selected as one of OSU's Center for the Humanities Research Group Fellows for the 2022 - 2023 academic year. 


  • B.A. in Liberal Arts, Western Illinois University
  • M.A. in Women’s Studies, Texas Woman’s University
  • M.A. in English, Texas Woman’s University
  • Ph.D. Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, Texas Woman’s University 

Research Interests:

  • Afro Indigenous Women’s Rhetorics of Survivance and Activism
  • African American Women’s Healing Activism
  • (Her)stories/Literature/Activism/Rhetorics of African American and Indigenous women
  • Women's Leadership and Wellness
  • Reconciliation, Restorative, and Reparative Justice