Seth Kotch conducts research at the intersections of a number of fields and disciplines, most prominently modern American history, digital humanities, and oral history. He is the co-author of “The Racial Justice Act and the Long Struggle with Race and the Death Penalty in North Carolina” (North Carolina Law Review, 2010) and is working on a book on execution in North Carolina. His digital projects include “Mapping the Long Women’s Movement,” an effort to empower researchers to explore oral histories in new ways. He is developing two other digital projects, one which will digitize and present archival material on criminal justice in North Carolina, the other of which will use oral history and documentary material to explore racial geographies in the rural South.
He serves as 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 served as PI 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.