Rachel has wanted to be a teacher ever since she first assembled her teddy bears and dolls in a circle in her bedroom and assigned them homework. After graduating from the University of Virginia, where she double majored in Art History and French, Rachel spent two years in Europe. She taught English, writing, and Art History to French high school students in Lyon, France, and learned the ins and outs of the art world working at various art galleries in Berlin, Germany before moving back to the U.S. to pursue her graduate studies. As a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, she has received funding to conduct doctoral research in museums and archives throughout France, and is currently completing her dissertation as a visiting fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
At NYU, Rachel has worked as both a graduate teaching assistant and adjunct instructor in the Art History Department, teaching both introductory surveys in the field and specialized courses on Modern Art, her area of focus. When outside the classroom, she has also worked as a departmental tutor, holding workshops on the fundamentals of expository writing, editing term papers and graduate school applications in the humanities, guiding research questions, and helping students hone their visual literacy skills more broadly.
In her spare time, Rachel likes to cook, tap dance, ski, hike, learn new languages, and go on adventures. On her most recent trip, she volunteered with nesting sea turtles at a biological research station in Costa Rica.