Rachel Rains Winslow, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History, Director of Westmont's Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Co-Director of Westmont's Initiative for Public Dialogue and Deliberation
(805) 565-6793


Twentieth-Century U.S. History, Transnational Political and Cultural History

Research Interests

Social Policy, Political Culture, Race, Family, and Gender, especially in transnational and interdisciplinary contexts.


Professor Winslow received her Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a M.A. in History from California State University, Sacramento, and a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester. She is the author of The Best Possible Immigrants: International Adoption and the American Family (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), which explores how social policies move from emergency measures to fixtures of U.S. political culture. Her current research explores the political culture of bureaucracy in the transnational United States throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Dr. Winslow also serves as a fellow with the Kettering Foundation, working on the intersection between historical deliberation and civic participation as a way to engage students in democracy. Her teaching, research, and community work bring together her interest in U.S. social policy, social change practices, and American political culture.