Rachel is currently finalizing her dissertation prospectus, which considers intergenerational collaborations, New Materialism approaches to encounters with books, intersemiotic translation, and re-versioning stories, focusing upon Children's Literature and Modern Hebrew literature, and their tenuous and virtual borderings. Her research interests also include Writing Studies and Translation Studies. She has presented on literature and poetry of the Shoah, French postcolonial literature and theory, South Asian Anglophone literature, and issues of globalization, border crossing, and postmemory.
In addition to five years of teaching fellowships in literary studies courses in Comparative Literature and English, and a year long role as Lead Teaching Assistant in Comparative Literature, Rachel has recently completed pedagogical training workshop in Writing Studies and has taught Writing 2: Academic Writing at UCSB for a year. She is committed to integrating her pedagogical training in literary studies with techniques and modalities from Writing Studies in order to highlight and incorporate students' prior knowledge and literacy practices. Rachel also serves as a student board member for the Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR) at UCSB, and as the graduate student representative to the Committee on Courses and General Education (CCGE).