Rachel L. Martin, Ph.D.

Murfreesboro, TN USA
Website: rachelmartin.wordpress.com

Professional Experience

I am an author, historian and educator. I use oral history interviews, foodways & material culture to better understand the often unwritten experiences of America's individuals and communities. I am working on Out of the Silence, a book about the desegregation crisis in Clinton, Tennessee. I have a PhD from UNC Chapel Hill. For more, check my website at rachelmartin.wordpress.com or follow me on Twitter at @R_LMartin.


1 Year
8 Years
Social Media
3 Years


Arts & Humanities
10 Years
7 Years
Women's Issues
10 Years


Academia Teaching
3 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
Entry Level
Academia Administration
1 Year

Total Media Industry Experience

1 Years

Foreign Language Skills

Basic conversation French.

Computer Skills

Proficient using MS Office and social media. Confident using Audacity, ExpressScribe, WavePad, Switch and the Adobe audio editing software. Acquainted with a variety of video and photographic software. Familiar with Quark and other desktop publishing systems. Knowledgeable in collaborative media such as Skype, Google Documents, Google Sites/Wikis and various blog platforms.



We never ate like Tennesseans, but on Christmas Eve, my food became unrecognizable to my friends. That was when Grandma took over and we became Swedish.
Growing up, I wanted to get as far away as possible from Tennessee's shameful Confederate past. It took a stint up north-and a longing for southern cooking-before I made peace with my hometown.
As the crucible of desegregation enveloped one small Tennessee town, a white minister implored his congregation to do the right thing. The violence and abuse that followed haunted Paul Turner to his dying days.
Today is the 75th anniversary of the announcement that Vivien Leigh would play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. Guest blogger Rachel L. Martin reflects on the decision to cast Leigh and the film's complicated legacy.