Rachel Louise Martin, Ph.D., is a writer and public intellectual. She earned a doctorate in women's and gender history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.​ Her work has appeared in O Magazine, Oxford AmericanThe Atlantic online and CityLab, and she was a guest columnist for Catapult. She has been featured on the BBC's Food Chain, KCRW's Good Food and the Michelle Meow Show. Her essay "How Hot Chicken Really Happened" was included in Cornbread Nation 2015: The Best of Southern Food Writing.​ Her first book, Hot, Hot Chicken: A Nashville Story, will be out in Spring 2021.

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Selected Publications:

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"Hoods in My Hymnal," Oxford American

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"Cherisse Scott: The Sex-Ed Evangelist," O Magazine

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"Some People Stay," Oxford American

#SomeFolksStay

"Making Eyes on the Prize: An Oral History," The Ford Foundation

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“Salvaging Education in Rural America,” The Atlantic online

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“The Brave & Tragic Trail of Reverend Turner," Narratively

#OutOfTheSilence

"Swedish in a Southern Drawl,"The Inquisitive Eater

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"The Utopian Colony Around Tennessee’s Oldest Library," Catapult

#SomeFolksStay

“Can Technology and a New Way of Teaching Help Ghana’s Schools?” The Kernel by the Daily Dot

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"How Hot Chicken Really Happened," Bitter Southerner

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"Let Me Tell You About Coal Creek," Oxford American

#OutOfTheSilence

"When You’re the Last Remaining Member of a Failed Utopia," Catapult

#SomeFolksStay

"Chasing Nashville's Ghosts," Narratively

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“Walking in Nashville," CityLab

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"The Cedars of Lebanon," Bitter Southerner

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"The Clinton 12," US of America

#OutOfTheSilence

“The Truth Behind UNC Football’s Dark Confederate Past," Ozy

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“‘It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,’ says the White Queen to Alice” ― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

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