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Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design

Genna Reeves

Genna Reeves-DeArmond

Assistant Professor
Apparel and Textiles Graduate Faculty Member, certified to direct master's students and serve on doctoral committees

Contact Information

216 Justin Hall


  • Ph.D. in Design and Human Environment, Oregon State University (2012)
  • M.S. in Apparel and Merchandising, Colorado State University (2008)
  • B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences (with a specialization in Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising), New Mexico State University (2006)

Area(s) of Specialization

  • History of Dress
  • Social and Psychological Aspects of Dress
  • Dress and Global Culture
  • Cross-Cultural Dress Design and Design Models
  • Active Learning Strategies
  • Online Pedagogy

Courses Taught

  • AT 325: Apparel and Textile Retailing
  • AT 330: Dress and Human Behavior
  • AT 340: Aesthetics of Apparel and Textiles
  • AT 375: Computer Technologies for Merchandising
  • AT 430: History of Apparel Fashion
  • AT 575: Principles of Forecasting

Professional Biography

Dr. Reeves received her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a specialization in Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising from New Mexico State University, her master’s degree in Apparel and Merchandising from Colorado State University, and her doctorate degree in Design and Human Environment at Oregon State University. While at Colorado State she established a specialization in historic dress and textiles that grew to include cultural dress and textiles at Oregon State. Her scholarship program focuses on using dress displays to understand history in museums, using cross-cultural apparel design processes to assist individuals in the acculturation process, and pedagogical techniques (e.g., the flipped classroom, best practices for online teaching and learning in clothing and textiles education, and Massive Open Online Courses).

Working with students in the capacity of active learning, mentoring and research is at the heart of Dr. Reeves’s teaching philosophy. She has worked with several undergraduate students to produce scholarly research, which has resulted in two Undergraduate Best Paper Awards from the International Textile and Apparel Association and a publication in the International Journal for Designed Objects. She serves as the faculty advisor for the Apparel Marketing and Design Alliance. Dr. Reeves has been recognized with awards for undergraduate research mentoring and student engagement.

Dr. Reeves is an active member of the International Textile and Apparel Association, Costume Society of America, and Popular Culture Association. She serves as an official conference photographer and the chair of the Electronic Communications and Culture Abstract Review Committees for the International Textile and Apparel Association. She is also actively involved in supporting student mental health, diversity and inclusion (with specific focus upon LGBTQ issues), and the Historic Costume and Textile Museum at K-State.

Link to Professional Portfolio Website

Vita (pdf)