Rachel S.


Although she hails from North Carolina, Rachel is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada. (Ask her about Anne of Green Gables.) Her status as a Commonwealther is her excuse for her lifelong Anglophilia. Rachel studied English literature at Duke, where her senior thesis on judgment in the novels of Jane Austen and George Eliot won the Stanley E. Fish Prize for Outstanding Work in British Literature. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in English at Harvard. Her dissertation explores how the rise of social science in the nineteenth century changed novelistic representations of individual character. Her work has been published in the journal Studies in English Literature.

Rachel has taught college-level English for five years, guiding students through every level of writing, whether with their first college English paper or their senior research thesis. She loves helping people figure out what story they want to tell and how to tell it clearly and powerfully, whether in the context of academic work or admissions essays.

When not working on research or teaching, Rachel enjoys wandering around Boston, telling herself she won’t get sunburned this time.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD Candidate in English Literature
  • Duke University, BA in English Literature 
  • English & Literature
  • Expository Writing & the Essay