Rachel is a PhD candidate in the Department of History, specializing in early American and British Atlantic history. Her dissertation reconstructs the political vision of the Earl of Bute, British Prime Minister (1762-3), and considers the implications his ideas had for the relationship between Britain and her colonies in the years before the American Revolution.
Rachel has served as a TA at Notre Dame for four semesters. Her teaching experience includes both introductory and upper-level courses in American history, ranging from the seventeenth through twenty-first centuries. In the spring of 2014, she received a Kaneb Center teaching award. She is particularly interested in improving students’ critical thinking and writing skills through evidence-based pedagogy in humanities classrooms.