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Meet the SOHP

Staff | Affiliated Faculty | Field Scholars | Interns 


Rachel Seidman
Acting Director
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Rachel is a U.S. historian specializing in women’s history. With a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from Yale, Seidman is particularly interested in connecting history to current concerns through civic engagement and community-based research. The author of The Civil War: A History in Documents (Oxford University Press) and several scholarly articles about women in the Civil War, Rachel was previously the Associate Director of the History, Public Policy and Social Change program at Duke University. At Duke she founded and co-directed The Moxie Project: Women and Leadership for Social Change, and directed the Poverty, Ethics and Policy Lab. She continues to work on projects related to women’s activism and poverty in North Carolina at the SOHP.

malindaMalinda Maynor Lowery
Director and Associate Professor, Department of History
Professor Lowery is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Her book, Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation (UNC Press, 2010), received the 2011 Labriola American Indian Center National Book Award, presented by Arizona State University, and Best 2010 First Book from the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. She has produced four documentary films about Native American issues, including the award-winning In the Light of Reverence, which aired on PBS in 2001 to over three million people. Two previous films, Real Indian and Sounds of Faith, examine Lumbee identity and culture, and the most recent is an online video for Native survivors of domestic violence featuring the Lumbee and Eastern Band Cherokee tribes ( Her current book project is a history of the Lumbee tribe for a general audience, forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press.

Jaycie Vos (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

 Jaycie Vos
Coordinator of Collections
Jaycie is an archivist who works with faculty, students, activists, and all areas of southern community to preserve and share the South’s rich history. She is passionate about access and outreach, with special interests in archival description and metadata standards in oral history collections as well as usability in digital collections. She earned her Master’s in Library Science at UNC in 2013.


Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

Founder and Senior Research Fellow
Professor Hall’s research interests include U.S. women’s history, southern history, working-class history, oral history, and cultural/intellectual history. She served as president of the Organization of American Historians in 2003-04 and of the Southern Historical Association in 2001-02. She was also the founding president of the Labor and Working Class History Association. She was awarded a National Humanities Medal in 1999 for her efforts to deepen the nation’s understanding of and engagement with the humanities, and in 1997, she received UNC’s Distinguished Teaching Award for graduate teaching. Her publications include Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women’s Campaign Against Lynching (1979, 1993) and Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (1987, 2000), which she co-authored with James Leloudis, Robert Korstad, Mary Murphy, Lu Ann Jones, and Chris Daly. She is currently working on a collection of her articles and on two book projects: Writing a Way Home, about women writers and intellectuals and the refashioning of regional identity in the twentieth-century South; and a study of the social movements spawned by the civil rights campaigns of the 1960s and of the ideological, political, and structural factors that blunted their force.

Affiliated Faculty

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Field Scholars

taylorTaylor Livingston
Field Scholar
Taylor is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UNC. She received her BS in Anthropology from the College of Charleston. Her dissertation research examines the intersections of race, class, and gender in the South through the lens of motherhood. Currently at the SOHP, Taylor leads workshops on oral history methods, and works on the “Mapping the Voices of NC” resource for teachers.


kimberphoto 2Kimber Thomas
Field Scholar
Kimber Thomas is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of American Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Alcorn State University and her master’s degree in Afro-American Studies from UCLA. She previously worked as an oral historian for Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center, where she documented the Farish Street historic district, and for the Southern Foodways Alliance, where she documented black-owned restaurants in Jackson, MS. Her research interests include southern black material culture and oral history. At the SOHP, Kimber coordinates the undergraduate internship program.

rachelRachel Cotterman
Field Scholar
Rachel Cotterman is a PhD student in the Geography department at UNC. She completed an MA in the same department and received her undergraduate degree in Comparative American Studies from Oberlin College. Her masters research focused on the politics of redevelopment in a former Piedmont textile village and drew upon the SOHP archive to understand workers’ perspectives on the village during the textile era. Her current research interests include rural life in the American South, economic change and migration, social movements, and intersections of racial and economic justice. She is excited to join the SOHP as a Field Scholar for the Backways Project.

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Field Scholar
Charlotte Fryar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her dissertation research uses oral history and digital methods to document and interpret the long history of anti-racist student activism on UNC’s campus. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in American Studies, both from UNC-Chapel Hill. At the SOHP, Charlotte is the University History Field Scholar, a position supported by the Chancellor’s Task Force on UNC-Chapel Hill History.


Carol Prince
Field Scholar
Carol Prince is a second-year graduate student in the Department of History at UNC with emphasis in 20th century U.S. history. Her MA research topic focuses on race, music, folk tradition, and memory after the Civil Rights Movement. She received her bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Currently, Carol produces the SOHP’s podcast, Press Record.




tonyTony Liu
Communications Intern
Tony Liu is a senior at UNC studying Geography. He is interested in long-form audio storytelling and the power of compelling narrative. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his dog, Coco, drinking tea, and eating sunflower seeds.

grace-thorpe-sohp-photoGrace Thorpe
Communications Intern
Grace Thorpe is a senior Women’s and Gender Studies Major and Studio Art Minor.  She has always had an interest in history and is eager to become a more experienced oral historian.  Grace is excited to work with the SOHP to learn more about the South through the exploration of a diverse collection of narratives.


cami Cami Goray
Collections Intern
Cami Goray is a junior from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a History and prospective Information Sciences major. Cami is eager to listen to the stories and perspectives of the student veterans at UNC. She is excited to learn how oral history can be a tool for activism and to contribute to the SOHP


kalyciaKalycia Harrell
Collections Intern
Kalycia Harrell is a senior from Macon, Georgia. She is pursuing a major in Women’s and Gender Studies and minors in African-American Studies and Spanish for the Legal Professions. She is currently the President of her sorority’s chapter Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, and she volunteers at McDougle Middle School with their after school programs. Because Kalycia is extremely passionate about social justice and very intrigued by the mission of the SOHP, she is excited to learn how minorities contributed to the history of the American South as well as helping forward the mission of the SOHP.