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a community college in North Texas
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Woman Suffrage, Voting Rights, Women's Rights, Texas, U.S. South, Women and Gender, WWI, Military & veteran voting, Absentee Balloting, Declarant Immigrant (non-citizen) voting,
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Rachel Michelle Gunter received her Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University in 2017 and is a Professor of History at a community college in North Texas. Her research focuses on the woman suffrage movement and its effects on the voting rights of other groups including immigrants, servicemen, WWI veterans, Mexican Americans and African Americans. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Suffragists, Soldiers, and Immigrants: Drastic Changes to Voting Rights in the Progressive Era.

Dr. Gunter is working on a docuseries with Wondrium/The Great Courses set to release in April 2024. She is an advisory committee member for the Mellon Foundation Grant program, “Voting Rights History as Civic Literacy.” She was a consultant and co-writer for Citizens at Last, a documentary history of the Texas Suffrage Movement released in 2021 and currently streaming on the PBS ap. She was the Texas Coordinator for the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States and serves on the Executive Advisory Committee of the Handbook of Texas Women for the Texas State Historical Association.

Her publications include “Immigrant Declarants and Loyal American Women” in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (2020) and “Without Us, It is Ferguson with a Plurality,’ Woman Suffrage and Anti-Ferguson Politics” in Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson (2017) published by Texas A&M University Press.

She is active on Twitter, TikTok and Instagram @PhDRachel and her website is She also regularly participates in Historians at the Movies on Twitter on Sunday evenings at 7pm CST.

Recent Publications

“The Yellow Rose Project and the History of Woman Suffrage,” in A Yellow Rose Project, eds. Megan Griffiths. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press & TWU Pioneering Women Book Series, TBD.

“’They Think I Have Forgotten All About the Past’: Suffragists’ Struggle for Acceptance in Politics in Arizona and Texas.” Journal of Arizona History 61, no. 2 (2020): 231-240.

Suffering a Suffragist: An 1880s Romance, review of The Lady and the Texan by Bobbi Smith. Nursing Clio, Romancing Clio Series, Feb 2020.   

“‘Without Us, It Is Ferguson with a Plurality,’ Woman Suffrage and Anti-Ferguson Politics” in Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson, A Centennial Examination, edited by Jessica Brannon-Wranosky and Bruce A. Glasrud. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 2017. See:

Biographical Sketch of Ms. Cora A. Weeks, Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United State in Women and Social Movements in the United StatesDatabaseedited by Jill Zahniser, 2018.

Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) Handbook of Texas Online, “BROWN, REBECCA ASHTON [BETTIE],”

“You didn’t always have to be a citizen to vote in America,” Washington Post, December 29, 2021,

“There is Nothing Sacred About the Military Vote,” History News Network, November 8, 2020,

Book review of Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, by Allison K. Lange, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, January 2022,

Book review of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, by Martha S. Jones, Nursing Clio, November 2021,

Media Coverage
“How Ruth Bryan Owen Shaped Citizenship Rules for U.S. Women,” NowThis News, March 2023.
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
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Gender, Government, Human Rights, Law, Local & Regional, Politics, Public History, Race, Women, World War I