Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
University of North Carolina, Southern Oral History Program
Website URL
Oral History, U.S. Women's History, U.S. South,
Additional Contact Information
Will be in Finland on Fulbright Fellowship January-May 2019

Personal Info

About Me

Rachel F. Seidman is the Director of the Southern Oral History Program in the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where she holds adjunct positions in History, American Studies, and Women’s & Gender Studies.  Seidman is a U.S. historian specializing in women’s history, with a B.A. with Highest Honors from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from Yale. Her most recent book is Speaking of Feminism: Today’s Activists on the Past, Present and Future of the U.S. Women’s Movement (UNC Press, 2019). She is also the author of The Civil War: A History in Documents(Oxford University Press) and the co-editor of Our Documents: 100 Milestone Documents from the National Archives. Seidman served as the Associate Director of the SOHP from 2011-2017, and before that was Associate Director of the History, Public Policy and Social Change program at Duke University.  Seidman is the co-host of the oral history podcast, Press Record.

Recent Publications

Speaking of Feminism: Today’s Activists on the Past, Present and Future of the U.S. Women’s Movement, Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2019

“Who Needs Feminism? Lessons from a Digital World,” Feminist Studies, Vol 39, No 2, 2013. “The Civil War in the Memories of John W. Snipes, Ralph W. Strickland, Edith

Mitchell Dabbs, and Reginald Hildebrand,” Southern Cultures, Volume 19: Number 3 Fall 2013

“After Todd Akin, Why Women—And Men—Still Need Feminism,” Christian Science Monitor, August 23 2012.

Media Coverage
Seidman has appeared frequently on WUNC's The State of Things with Frank Stasio. See most recently,
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Local & Regional, Pedagogy, Public History, Women