Nick Reo

Professor Builds Bridges Across Disciplines and Cultures

Growing up the son of working class parents outside of Detroit, Professor Nick Reo says he didn’t envision a career in academia. In fact, he had little idea of what he wanted to do after high school.

“It was mow lawns, wash dishes, or go to school,” says Reo.

He chose the latter. After starting at two junior colleges, he couldn’t get enough. He went on to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a PhD from Michigan State University.

“My wife likes to remind me that I’ve come from being a junior college student to an Ivy League professor,” Reo says with a smile.

A nontraditional route seems to suit the young assistant professor. Just last year, Reo became one of the first Dartmouth professors to hold a joint appointment in the Native American Studies Program and the Environmental Studies Program. With the dual appointment, it seems natural that one of the first papers he’s written at Dartmouth takes an interdisciplinary approach.