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Randolph Hollingsworth, Ph.D.

Research Interests:

Ph.D., 1999, American History, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY Fields: Southern History, Women’s History, 19th Century U.S. History, Feminist Critical Theory
M.A. in Teaching, 1981, Social Studies, COLGATE UNIVERSITY with permanent teaching certificate in secondary ed. social studies
A.B., 1979, History, VASSAR COLLEGE


Currently an administrator focusing on interrelationships across traditional silos in educational settings, I am especially interested in the teaching and learning of history as a form of civic engagement. Much of my historical research and teaching is conducted within open educational environments, leading to multiple avenues for communication and collaboration. Currently, I am working on a statewide initiative "Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project" which includes a digital portal hosted in H-Kentucky of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet together with open access principles.

Please feel free to contact and/or contribute at any of the following publication sites:


Currently working on a manuscript for the University Press of Kentucky on the history of Kentucky women from pre-history to contemporary times.

Graduate Training

Commonwealth Humanities Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Kentucky (1999)
Quality Matters Master Reviewer (certification renewed bi-annually)

Selected Publications:

"Interpreting Women's History Through Pope Villa in Lexington, Kentucky" (October 19, 2017). Working Papers Series. Available at SSRN:

Withers, Benjamin C. and Hollingsworth, Randolph, "Overview of UK 101: Academic Orientation Course" (2014). Undergraduate Education White Papers. 11.

“Memoirs of an Avatar: A Feminist Exploration of Right-Wing Worlds Flourishing in,” Women of the Right: Comparisons and Exchanges Across National Borders, co-edited by Kathleen Blee and Sandra McGee Deutsch. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2012.

“‘Mrs. Boone, I presume?’ In Search of the Idea of Womanhood in Kentucky’s Early Years,” in Bluegrass Renaissance: The History and Culture of Central Kentucky, 1792-1852, edited by James Klotter and Daniel Rowland. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2012.

"BCTCblue+ Program: A Joint Enrollment/Joint Admissions Program Supporting Transfer Student Success at the University of Kentucky" (2012). Undergraduate Education White Papers. 7.

"Division of Undergraduate Education Proposal to the University of Kentucky Faculty Senate Council: Establishing Policy and Guidelines for University of Kentucky Dual Credit Partnerships with Secondary Schools" (2012). Undergraduate Education White Papers. 9.

Hollingsworth, Randolph and Crume, Kelly Green, "The National Student Exchange Program at the University of Kentucky, 2009 – 2012: A Review sponsored by the Division of Undergraduate Education for the Associate Deans of Curriculum and Instruction in the Undergraduate Colleges at the University of Kentucky, May 15, 2012" (2012). Undergraduate Education White Papers. 8.

"First-time First-Year Full-Time Students Transitioning from High School to the University of Kentucky: The Academic Readiness Program, 2009-2010" (2010). Undergraduate Education White Papers. 10.

"Moving On: Distance Learning at the University of Kentucky" (2010). Undergraduate Education White Papers. 5.

"Status of Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) at the University of Kentucky for 2008 & 2009 Official Cohorts" (2010). Undergraduate Education White Papers. 2.

"University of Kentucky "War on Attrition" 2007-2010: A Report from the Provost's Retention Workgroup to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, June 2010" (2010). Undergraduate Education White Papers. 4.

"University of Kentucky Adult Learning Focused Institution (ALFI) Task Force: Findings and Recommendations" (2009). Undergraduate Education White Papers. 6.

"University of Kentucky Early Alert System Outcomes Fall 2007" (2008). Undergraduate Education White Papers. 3.

Lexington, Kentucky: Queen of the Bluegrass, Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2004.

“Mag Preston: Personal Honor in Southern Politics,” in The Human Tradition in the Old South, edited by James Klotter. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Press, 2003.

“A Case Study of the Kentucky Virtual University” in The World of Open and Distance Learning, Vol. II, co-edited by V. Venugopal Reddy and Manjulika Srivastava. New Delhi: Viva Books Private Ltd, 2002.

Introduction, Lucy Stone: Pioneer Woman Suffragist, by Alice Stone Blackwell (orig. pub. 1930). Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2001.

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

“Claiming the Commons: Constructing an American Identity,” American Dreams and Reality, Vol. I. Wheaton, IL: Abigail Press, 2000.