I am a historian and writer living in Washington, DC.  Previously I was the director of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where I also held adjunct appointments in History, American Studies, and Women's & Gender Studies. My most recent book is Speaking of Feminism: Today's Activists on the Past, Present and Future of the U.S. Women's Movement, from UNC Press (Sept, 2019).  I was a Fulbright scholar in Finland in 2019. Before arriving at UNC, I worked at Duke University and at Carleton College as well as in the non-profit sector in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

You can email me at rfseidman@gmail.com

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Curriculum Vita


I interviewed 25 feminist activists across the country and share their incredible stories.  Learn about these amazing individuals and about the U.S. women's movement in the 21st century.

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Recent and Upcoming Events

  • Book Talk
    Tue, Nov 12
    Columbia University
    Nov 12, 2019, 6:00 PM
    Columbia University, 116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027, USA
  • Book Talk
    Mon, Oct 28
    Trident Booksellers & Cafe
    Oct 28, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Join me and Stephanie Ebbert, the Boston Globe's reporter on gender issues, for a conversation about Speaking of Feminism!
  • Convo with Felice Belman
    Sat, Oct 26
    Gibson's Books Concord New Hampshire
    Oct 26, 2019, 2:00 PM
    Gibson's Books Concord New Hampshire, Gibson's Books Concord New Hampshire
    Join me and Boston Globe editor Felice Belman discuss the book, oral history, and U.S. women's activism.
  • Book Talk
    Thu, Oct 24
    Odyssey Bookshop
    Oct 24, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075, USA
    I'll be reading from my book and discussing how and why I wrote it.
  • Book Talk
    Wed, Oct 23
    Busboys and Poets, Washington DC
    Oct 23, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Busboys and Poets, Washington DC, 450 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Join me and some of my fabulous interviewees in Washington DC for a conversation about how this book came to be, what it means to us, and what we hope it can do in the world.
  • Book Launch
    Fri, Sep 27
    Flyleaf Books
    Sep 27, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Flyleaf Books, 752 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA
    Join me and one of my interviewees, Ivanna Gonzalez, as we talk about how this book came to be, what it has meant to us, and what we hope it can do in the world. Come celebrate with us!


Reflections on a Fulbright Semester

This blog is about my time as a Fulbright Scholar living abroad January-May 2019. I'll be writing about teaching U.S. women's history in an international context; learning more about the health humanities through interdisciplinary collaborations with scholars at the University of Turku, and my impressions of life in a Nordic culture. I hope to discover many connections--to people, ideas, and to this beautiful country--and I hope you'll find ways to connect with what you read here.