PhD, Comparative Literature, The University of Oregon
BA, English, The University of Texas at Austin
"'Princely Feminine Graces': Virtue and Power in Early Modern English and Spanish Literature"
Rachel teaches writing composition courses with thematic focuses on violence, metaphor, and literary renderings of gendered power and the edges of human knowledge. She has taught all levels of Writing Composition courses (121, 122, 123) and a wide-range of literature and film classes, including “Living Dead Girls: Death and Virtue in World Literature,” “Dear Virtuous Reader: Gender and the Advice Genre since the Renaissance,” “Blood Sport: Hunting and Masculinity in World Poetry and Visual Culture, and “The Resurrected Dead: Religion and Zombie World Cinema.” Her composition pedagogy focuses on active reading strategies, textual analysis, and enriching students’ argumentative expression by using exploratory fictional texts to think through real-world questions.