Assistant Professor of History
Phone: (805) 565-6793
Office Location: Deane Hall 208
Only by appointment.
Twentieth-Century U.S. History, Transnational History
RACHEL RAINS WINSLOW is a twentieth-century U.S. historian whose research and teaching interests include race, family, gender, childhood, and social policy, especially in transnational and interdisciplinary contexts. Her current book project--tentatively titled, "The Best Possible Immigrants: International Adoption, Social Policy, and the American Family, 1946-1976" -- considers how international adoption moved from a temporary solution to geopolitical emergencies to a permanent fixture of U.S. child welfare policy. She received a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012, an M.A. in History from California State University, Sacramento in 2007, and a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester in 1998. Before graduate school, she worked as campus staff for five years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in upstate New York. She also has served in a variety of non-profit roles ranging from consumer credit counselor to program director for an international adoption agency. As this background suggests, she firmly believes that history is "not even past," to borrow Faulkner's language, offering us necessary perspective to shape how we act and question in the present. She is married to James and has one son, Logan.
- His-007 United States to 1877
- His-175 Recent America
- His-008 United States 1877 to the present
- His-178 California Experience
- U.S. History: Colonial-Present
- Comparative Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
- U.S. Social and Foreign Policy
- Transnational Family History
- Transnational Gender History