Rachel has a highly interdisciplinary backgroundwith an undergraduate degree from the University of Warwick in Comparative Literature and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Gender, Development and Globalization and believes her current research benefits greatly from studying within both the humanities and the social sciences.
Therefore, although she is currently writing a PhD thesis within the Government Department, her critical theory based project is co-supervised by the Human Rights Centre and draws on a range of disciplines including feminist theory, heterodox economics, cultural theory, and urban geography in order to understand how the securitization and privatization of space impact human and nonhuman relationships. She is also interested in the concept of 'publicness' and how it is posed in opposition to 'the public' in policy - such as Public Space Protection orders or the new Public Order bill.
Her thinking draws on, and is inspired by, Nancy Fraser, Judith Butler, David Harvey, Audre Lorde and Herbert Marcuse.
Originally from Southern California, Rachel has been living, studying and working in the United Kingdom for eight years. She loves to play and watch tennis and has been actively involved in environmental activism for the past year.
Rachel teaches for the Interdisciplinary Studies Centre based in the School of Art History and Philosophy.
BA (First Class) English Literature
The University of Warwick
MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation
The London School of Economics and Political Science