Rachel has a highly interdisciplinary background with an undergraduate degree from the University of Warwick in Literature and a masters 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 in Human Rights, her critical-theory based project is co-supervised by the Centre for Ideology and Discourse analysis (in the Department of Government) and draws on a range of disciplines including feminist theory, psychoanalysis, heterodox economics, political philosophy, and sociology in order to understand the multifaceted nature of socioeconomic and class inequalities. In particular, she draws on the work of Judith Butler, Nancy Fraser, William Connolly, Pierre Bourdieu, and Wendy Brown.
Rachel has always been interested in socioeconomic inequalities and critiques of global capitalism, moving from comparative world literature to development theory before finally finding her passion in her current research project analyzing the absurdity of rising socioeconomic inequality and deprivation in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the United Kingdom. Her research begins with a simple question: Why, in spite of widespread consensus that levels of inequality are too high, does support for the so-called radical redistributive politics that could remedy rising inequality remain low?
Analyzing what she refers to as the liberalization of social justice where radical class politics are replaced by hollow, superficial alternatives such as liberal rights or charity, Rachel is focused on bodies, power, and the interplay of political, social and economic capital to consider how collective desires for particular politics are manipulated in order to maintain an unjust order and how desires for radical and more just politics can be motivated instead.
Originally from Southern California, Rachel has been living, studying and working in the United Kingdom for seven years and somehow managed to lose her American accent in that time. She loves to play and watch tennis and is hoping to run her first marathon in 2021.
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