Curriculum Vitae



Rebecca DeWolf, Ph.D.




Historian with over ten years of experience researching, analyzing, and interpreting historical information for the purposes of offering advice on historical topics, writing and preparing reports, and giving oral presentations. Have spent the past six years synthesizing and translating archival research for historical studies. Comfortable working with individuals at all levels of an organization and driven by new challenges as well as the desire to be successful.


Doctor of Philosophy in History, May 2014

American University, Washington, D.C.

Dissertation: “Amending Nature: The Equal Rights Amendment

and Gendered Citizenship in America, 1920-1963”

Advisor: Dr. Allan Lichtman

GPA: 3.9

Master of Arts in History, May 2008

The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Thesis: “The Reaction to Charles II’s Deathbed Conversion: Religion, Politics,

and Print Culture in Restoration England”

Advisor: Dr. Linda Levy Peck

GPA: 3.7

Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in Philosophy, May 2004

The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

GPA: 3.3

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE_______________________________

Independent Scholar and Historical Consultant

May 2014-present

  • Created an online history forum, “Out of The Tower,” ( that brings historical knowledge to bear on a variety of issues, such as the contours of American political history, the complexity of race relations, and the fight for gender equality.
  • Given public lectures and completed historical works on topics in American political and legal history, and gender studies.
  • Conducted freelance work, including educational outreach and editorial feedback on chapter drafts and proposals.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of History, American University

Washington D.C.


  • Researched, analyzed, and interpreted U.S. History to assist Dr. Allan Lichtman with his courses: Women in America and Modern American Presidency.
  • Synthesized historical information orally and in writing to bolster students’ comprehension of the class themes and topics.
  • Held weekly office hours, reviewed paper drafts, and graded all assignments.

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of History, American University

Washington D.C.


  • Increased my historical research skills by conducting archival work at the Library of Congress, as well as the special collections of the University of Maryland and Georgetown University for Dr. Allan Lichtman’s coauthored book, FDR and the Jews.
  • Obtained knowledge of curriculum development by aiding Dr. Pamela Nadell with a history department program review of its undergraduate major.


Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States

Summer 2010

  • Further developed an understanding of how to present historical research to a variety of stakeholders by assisting Dr. Peter Kuznick with his acclaimed ten-part documentary series with director Oliver Stone, which aired on Showtime in late 2012.
  • Fact-checked information, managed citations, reviewed chapter drafts of the companion book to the series, as well as provided intellectual and content feedback.

Assistant Archivist

Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library

The George Washington University

Washington D.C.

Summers 2007 & 2008

  • Gained significant knowledge of the concepts and principles of professional archival work by processing the PNC-Riggs Bank Collection, this included a preservation program for over 1,200 bank ledgers.
  • Supported the Project Archivist with processing the collection, which consisted of helping to develop an inventory, sorting materials, compiling metadata, and creating a finding aid.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of History, The George Washington University

Washington D.C.


  • Taught bi-weekly discussion sections, comprising of twenty-five students each, for an undergraduate course on the history of modern Europe.
  • Gave lectures, graded all assignments, and guided class discussion.


Friends of Hillary and HILLPAC

New York, NY           

January 2005-April 2005

  • Built a young professionals’ fund-raising base for then Senator Hillary Clinton by organizing and executing a kick-off event that raised more money than the senior event held earlier that evening.

National Site Advance Staff

The Kerry Edwards Campaign


June 2004-November 2004

  • Traveled across the country as part of an advance team the Kerry Edwards 2004 presidential campaign to organize site selection, logistics, construction, and visuals for campaign events.

Research Assistant

The Assassination Archives

Washington D.C.

2002- 2003

  • Assisted President Jim Lesar with his work on the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. by conducting research at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C., and the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.


Clendenen Dissertation Fellowship, 2013-2014

Department of History, American University

Washington D.C.

Merit Award, January 2013

Department of History, American University

Washington D.C.

Doctoral Student Research Grant, June 2012

Office of the Vice-Provost, American University

Washington D.C.

Congressional Research Grant, April 2012

The Dirksen Congressional Center

Pekin, Illinois

Best Presentation in the Humanities by a Graduate Student, March 2012

Robyn Rafferty Mathias Research Conference, American University

Washington D.C.

Graduate Student Fellowship, 2009-2012

Department of History, American University

Washington D.C.


Lecture: “Motherhood Cannot be Amended: The Equal Rights Amendment in the Post-War Era and the Legacy of Protectionism, 1946-1963”

Lecture Series: New Perspectives in History, March 2016

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Washington D.C.


Conference Paper: “To be Regarded as Persons: The Rise of Emancipationism, 1936-1946”

Conference: The ERA in the 21st Century, November 2013

Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI


Lecture: “Of Thee I Sing: American Political Culture in the Depression Era”

Course: Reflections of American Society on Stage and Screen, January 2013

American University, Washington D.C.


Conference Paper: “The Right to Differ: The Original Battle Over the Equal Rights Amendment And Gendered Citizenship in the United States, 1920-1935”

Conference: Robyn Mathias Research Conference, March 2012

American University, Washington D.C.


Articles:            “The Equal Rights Amendment and the Rise of Emancipationism, 1932-1946” (accepted for publication in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies)

Books:            Gendered Citizenship: The Original Conflict Over the Equal Rights Amendment, 1920-1963 (in progress)

RESEARCH TOOLS____________________________________

Oral History

  • Acquired expert knowledge of how to restructure historical information through first-hand experiences and effectively work with groups that have a stake in particular historical issues by completing the oral history project, “Voices of the ERA,” which researchers can access at the Sewall-Belmont Museum’s Florence Bayard Hilles Library.

Digital History

  • Developed a deep understanding of the various ways to present historical topics, issues, and themes through electronic media by creating an online history forum for students who study the history of gender and sexuality.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION________________________________

Internships: Historical Researcher at The Dumbarton House, Washington DC (fall 2003); and Historical Researcher at The Somerset House Trust, London, England (summer 2003).

Professional Associations: American Historical Association; Coordinating Council for Women in History; Organization of American Historians; Phi Alpha Theta; and Society for History in the Federal Government.

 Skills: Archival Preservation; Curriculum Development; Grant Writing; Historical Research; Project Management; Communicating Historical Information in Electronic, Written, and Oral Formats.