Contact Information

Greenlaw Hall 226, CB #3520
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520
(919) 962-4063


Ph.D. History, University of North Carolina, 2009.
B.A. History, Columbia University, 2001.

Research Interests

Seth Kotch, assistant professor of digital humanities in the Department of American Studies, conducts research in modern American history (specifically the social and cultural history of criminal justice), digital humanities, and oral history.

His digital projects include “A Red Record,” a student-driven project exploring lynching and its victims in the American South, and “Mapping the Long Women’s Movement,” an experiment in empowering researchers to explore oral histories in new ways.

He served as Co-Principal Investigator of “Media and the Movement,” a project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities that seeks to understand the role of journalists and the media in the civil rights movement during and after the 1960s and Digital Civil Rights Radio, which is digitizing and curating historic radio recordings. He served as PI and Project Supervisor on the Civil Rights History Project, a nationwide oral history research endeavor administered by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.

You can learn more about his research, digital projects, and teaching here.

Courses Taught

AMST 202: Historical Approaches to American Studies
AMST 89: Dope: A History of America’s War on Drugs (First Year Seminar)
AMST 278: Crimes and Punishments
AMST 840: Digital American Studies
AMST 850: Digital Humanities Practicum
HIST 128: US History since 1865 (Warren Correctional Institute and Johnston Correctional Institute)