Director, Southern Oral History Program; Adjunct Assistant Professor
410 E. Franklin Street, CB #9127
919.962.0455
rachel.seidman@unc.edu
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Curriculum Vitae

Education

BA Oberlin College, 1988
PhD Yale University, 1995

Research Interests

Professor Seidman’s current research interests center on U.S. history in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on oral history methodology, women’s activism, social movements, and the health humanities. Her most recent book, Speaking of Feminism: Today’s Activists on the Past, Present and Future of the U.S. Women’s Movement, (UNC Press 2019), is based on interviews with twenty-five feminist activists across the United States. Seidman also directs Stories to Save Lives: Health, Illness and Medical Care in the U.S. South, a major research initiative of the Southern Oral History Program.

Recent Public Engagements

  • WUNC’s The State of Things, “Can Stories Save Lives?” (August 31, 2018)
  • WUNC’s The State of Things, “Women in Public Office: Who Paved the Way for the 2018 Surge?”, (April 6, 2018)
  • Some Notable Publications

  • Speaking of Feminism: Today’s Activists on the Past, Present and Future of the U.S. Women’s Movement (UNC Press, 2019)
  • The Civil War: A History in Documents (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • Co-editor, Our Documents: 100 Milestone Documents from the National Archives (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • “Who Needs Feminism? Lessons from a Digital World,” Feminist Studies, Vol 39, No 2, 2013.
  • Courses Offered

  • History 670/Folklore 170, Introduction to Oral History Theory and Method
  • History 353.03, Oral History and Women’s Activism in The U.S. South
  • History 55, Preventing Broken Hearts in North Carolina: History and Health in the South