Director, Southern Oral History Program; Adjunct Assistant Professor
410 E. Franklin Street, CB #9127
BA Oberlin College, 1988
PhD Yale University, 1995
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 EngagementsWUNC’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 PublicationsSpeaking 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 OfferedHistory 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