Rachel Rains Winslow, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History, Director of Westmont Downtown
(805) 565-6793


Twentieth-Century U.S. History, Transnational History

Research Interests

race, family, gender, childhood, and social policy, especially in transnational and interdisciplinary contexts.


Professor Winslow is a twentieth-century U.S. historian with a background in non-profit leadership, community development, and campus ministry. Before receiving her Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012, she worked for a variety of non-profit organizations including InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Rochester After School Academy, Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS), and an international adoption agency. She has also volunteered as a neighborhood board member, a community tutor, and a graduate student advocate to the UC Regents. 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. Her book, The Best Possible Immigrants: International Adoption, Social Policy, and the American Family, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) explores how social policies move from emergency measures to fixtures of U.S. political culture