Retired from the University of Kentucky since 2018, I now live in Auckland, New Zealand.


Other contact info: (on H-Net's Mastodon instance) @rhollingsworth (on Twitter); Bella Yan (in Second Life)

Courses Taught in Kentucky: Service-Learning and Leadership for #IAmAWomanInSTEM Student Ambassadors; History of Kentucky Women in the Civil Rights Era; A&S Wired Global Community Series (focusing on international communities in the virtual world of Second Life); UK Academic Orientation; Discovery Seminar (focusing on first year student field research in social networks); Historical Methods and Literature (focusing on Southern Conservatism); Kentucky History (undergraduate and graduate levels); European History introductory surveys, U.S. History introductory surveys,  African-American History introductory surveys, Sub-Saharan African History, Intro to Women’s Studies (Arts & Humanities)


Ph.D. (U.S. History)
University of Kentucky
M.A.T. in Social Studies (Secondary)
Colgate University
A.B. (History)
Vassar College

Current Positions

Independent Scholar
home -- living the high life in Auckland, New Zealand
Network Editor and Founding Member, H-Kentucky
H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online
Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project
Newsletter editor, "The Circular"
National Council of Women of New Zealand
Managing editor for newsletter
The Southern Association of Women Historians (U.S.)
Moderator, Gender Hub
Advisory Board Member, H-SAWH

Dissertations and Theses

Title: "She Used Her Power Lightly: A Political History of Margaret Wickliffe Preston of Kentucky" (available online at
Type: Ph.D. Dissertation
University: University of Kentucky
Department: History
Advior: Theda Perdue, Ph.D.
Completion Date: April 30, 1999

Areas of Interest

  • Australian and New Zealand History / Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Educational Technology
  • History Education
  • Humanities
  • Intellectual History
  • Local History
  • Oral History
  • Political History / Studies
  • Research and Methodology
  • Social History / Studies
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality


“Migrant and ethnic women on COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand: Employment, wellbeing and resilience,” co-authored with Dr. Barbara Bedeschi-Lewando, Dr. Gauri Nandedkar, Sylvia Lima, Shirin Brown, Dr Ema Tagicakibau, and Ann Afadama, for the New Zealand Political Studies Association’s Women Talking Politics (2020-2021),

“Annie Jane Allen Schnackenberg (1835-1905): A Political Life With Considering,” Issuu (November 2021)

“African-American Women Voters in Lexington’s School Suffrage Times, 1895-1902:  Race Matters in the History of the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Movement,” Ohio Valley History Journal 20 (Spring 2020):30-53.

"Memoirs of a Feminist Avatar..." in Women of the Right Comparisons and Interplay Across Borders, edited by Kathleen M. Blee and Sandra McGee Deutsch (Penn State Univ Press, 2012)

"Mrs. Boone, I Presume?..." in Bluegrass Renaissance: The History and Culture of Central Kentucky, 1792-1852, edited by James C. Klotter and Daniel Rowland (Univ Press of KY, 2012)

“Mag Preston: Personal Honor in Southern Politics” in The Human Tradition in the American South, edited by James C. Klotter, Delaware: Scholarly Resources Inc., 2003.

“A Case Study of the Kentucky Virtual University,” in Towards Virtualization: The World of Open and Distance Learning, Vol. II, V. Venugopal Reddy and Manjulika Srivastava, eds., New Delhi: Viva Books Private Limited, 2002.

Introductory Essay for Alice Stone Blackwell’s Lucy Stone: Pioneer Woman Suffragist, (orig. pub. 1930), University of Virginia Press, 2001.

Many different encyclopedia essays: “Daughters of the American Revolution;” “Governors;” “Peace groups, women’s;” “Second Great Awakening;” Encyclopedia of American Women’s History, edited by Hasia Diner. New York, NY: Facts On File, Inc., 2010. “Lexington, Kentucky;” “Ohio River;” “Hemp;” “Spas and Gardens;” “Northwest Territory” – essays for Encyclopedia of the Early Republic and Antebellum America, edited by Christopher Bates. New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2010. “Amo Lucille Powell Peters (b. December 5, 1912, Cynthiana, Ky.),” Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, co-edited by Paul A. Tenkotte and James C. Claypool. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2009. “Robert J. Breckinridge,” William Wells Brown,” “Speed S. Fry,” “James Guthrie,” “Refugee Home Society” entries for Encyclopedia of the American Civil War, ABC-CLIO, 2001.

Several book reviews: Review: Cora Wilson Stewart and Kentucky’s Moonlight Schools: Fighting for Literacy in America, by Yvonne Honeycutt Baldwin (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006). , August 2006. Review: Henry Adams and the Southern Question, by Michael O'Brien (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2005). H-South listserv , January 2006. Review: Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South, edited by Craig Thompson Friend and Lorri Glover (Athens and London: The University of Georgia Press, 2004) in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society (Summer 2004): 237-240. Review: Gender and the Southern Body Politic: Essays and Comments by Peter Bardaglio, Kathleen M. Brown, et al, edited by Nancy Bercaw (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000). (February, 2001). Review: Kathleen Waters Sander, The Business of Charity: The Woman’s Exchange Movement, 1832-1900 (Urbana: U. of Illinois Press, 1998). (July, 2000). Review: Beyond Image and Convention: Explorations in Southern Women’s History, edited by Janet L. Coryell et al. (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1998). Filson Club History Quarterly 74 (Winter 2000): 57-58.

“Women of Kentucky: Our Legacy, Our Future” video consultant and interviewee (produced by the Kentucky Commission on Women and Peridot Co.; first broadcast on Ky. Educational Television, August 6, 2000).

“Claiming the Commons: Constructing an American Identity,” Chapter 7 of American Dreams and Reality, Vol. I, Abigail Press, 2000. (also 3 chapters in the study guide; now in 3rd edition printing)

“A Case Study: Peace vs. War .... at what Costs in Africa? Zimbabwe’s Independence,” in Managing International Conflict Teaching Units, Univ. of Ky. (U.S. Institute of Peace), 1992.

The Effective Lecture; The Effective Demonstration; Developing Written Tests; and, Using Media Effectively, University of Kentucky, College of Allied Health Professions, Teaching Improvement Project System, 1989.

“Women in Zimbabwe,” Vassar Quarterly, Fall 1982.