Jessica Frazier


Jessica Frazier is an Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island in the History and Gender and Women’s Studies Departments. She earned a PhD in history from SUNY Binghamton with a concentration on women’s history in the 20th century. Her current book project, “Creating Transnational Feminist Networks, 1940-2000,” traces the genealogy of transnational feminist praxis in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries through collective biography. Her first book, Women’s Antiwar Diplomacy during the Viet Nam War Era (University of North Carolina Press), was chosen as a 2017 Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE magazine and provides a window on the nature of the relationships forged between U.S. women and their Vietnamese counterparts in the 1960s and 1970s. At URI, she enjoys teaching on activism, social justice, and human rights in courses that consider gender, race, and class central categories of analysis. 


Ph.D., History, SUNY Binghamton
B.A. B.S., Math and Spanish, Regis University

Selected Publications

“Creating Transnational Feminist Networks, 1970-2010,” (book manuscript in progress).
Women’s Antiwar Diplomacy during the Viet Nam War Era (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017).
Media Attention for Women’s Antiwar Diplomacy:
Sarah McConnell, Voices of Vietnam, Episode 3: Women of War, Part 6: War Wives & Resistance, With Good Reason (October 6, 2018).

Chapters in Edited Collections:
“Women’s International Politics,” in The Cambridge History of Global Migration, Volume II, eds. Marcelo Borges and Madeline Hsu (in progress, 2022).
“From the Classroom to the Public: Engaging Students in Human Rights History,” in The Routledge History of Human Rights, eds. Jean Quataert and Lora Wildenthal (New York: Routledge, 2019), 638-649.

News Articles and Commentaries:
Perspective | Fights among Feminists Aren’t a Sign of the Movement’s Weakness. They’re a Sign of Its Strength.” Washington Post (January 15, 2018) sec. Made by History.


Research Abstracts

  • Public Memory, Place, and BelongingMaryann Gobern Mathews, Jessie Frazier, Amelia Moore
    In collaboration with the Gobern family and many other members of the local and regional community, we are developing a temporary, traveling exhibit, tentatively titled “Public Memory, Place, and Belonging: Unearthing the Hidden History of the Native and African American Presence on Block Island” about the multicultural history of the island, the evolution of the Manissean community and interracial relationships over time.
  • Understanding the Relationship Between the Block Island Wind Farm and Indigenous Island Lives, Past and PresentAmelia Moore and Jessica Frazier
    Exploring the indigenous experience on Block Island and the social effects of the Block Island Wind Farm and its cables on current indigenous lives and the future of indigenous community life on the island.