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Meet the SOHP

Staff | Affiliated Faculty | Field Scholars | Interns 


Rachel Seidman

Director and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies

Rachel Seidman is a U.S. historian specializing in women’s history. With a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from Yale, Seidman’s current research project is an oral history of feminist activism in the U.S. between 2000 and 2015 (under contract with UNC Press). She is 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.

Malinda Maynor Lowery

New Center for the Study of the American South Director, Former 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.

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.


JoshJosh Akers
Field Scholar

Josh Akers is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at UNC Chapel Hill. He received his bachelor’s degree in History from North Carolina Wesleyan College and his master’s degree in History from James Madison University. He studies twentieth-century American military and cultural history. His dissertation research focuses on the culture of American soldiers during the Vietnam War (1965-1975), using oral histories to explore how race, class, and mass culture shaped the experiences those sent overseas. At the SOHP, Josh 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.



LaurenLauren Bellard
Archival Assistant

Lauren Bellard is an MS candidate in the School of Information and Library Science at UNC. She earned an MA in Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, and is looking forward to a career as a subject specialist librarian. Her Masters Paper research focuses on visual literacy instruction in academic libraries. As a Research Assistant at SOHP, Lauren processes oral history interviews and related materials for the SOHP’s archival collection in the Southern Historical Collection.



Lauren Mc
Lauren McCoppin
Communications Intern
Lauren is a First Year English and prospective Education major.  She has a passion for stories and is excited to work with SOHP to collect more stories, and make those already recorded readily available.  As an aspiring teacher, she hopes to help make SOHP a better tool for teachers and students.


CasonCason Whitcomb
Communications Intern

Cason is a senior undergraduate student from Raleigh, North Carolina majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Women and Gender studies. Her course work is primarily concentrated on race, class, gender, and immigration issues. Cason is interested examining the intersections between race, class, and gender and the greater implications of these constructs on both individual and societal levels. Alongside of policy research, Cason is an avid writer and story teller. She has always held an admiration for the stories of the South and looks forward to expanding her understanding oral histories as a tool for activism through her work with the SOHP

Sophie Rupp
Collections Intern

Sophie Rupp is a junior from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a History and Jewish Studies double major, planning on pursuing a career in Jewish History after graduation. She is excited to learn more about oral history and the history of the South, as well as how oral history can be used in the K-12 classroom.


Xinyun Wu
Collections Intern