Reginald Watson , originally from Morristown, New Jersey, now lives in Greenville, North Carolina where is associate professor of English at East Carolina University and the first African American male to earn tenure in the ECU English Department. Watson holds a B.A. in English from North Carolina Central University, an M.A. from East Carolina University, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Among other publication projects, he is currently working on a scholarly book that deals with biracial characters in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century.
Watson has published several journal articles along with three plays: A Black History Play, the Kwanzaa Story; I’ve Seen The Mountaintop But it Don’t Look so Good, a play about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s resurrection; and The Princeville Play: A History, which was written for fourth-graders in Rocky Mount, Tarboro, and Princeville, North Carolina. Watson founded a student theatrical group at ECU called the Thespians of Diversity.
Active in the Greenville community, Watson was recently appointed to serve on the Housing Authority of the City of Greenville and recently stepped down as the first African American chairman of the state-wide voting rights organization Democracy NC. He now holds an honorary ex-officio position at that organization. Watson has also served the Council as a Road Scholar. An Army veteran, Watson has several medals, including two Army Commendation Medals.