Before joining HSMC in 2014 Rachel was a doctoral student at the University of York where she completed her ESRC-funded thesis entitled ‘Women, Marriage, and Selfhood: How Names Impact upon Gendered Identity’ which explored the decisions British women make with their last name on marriage and how this impacts upon (gendered) identity. The thesis touched on identities, gender, inequalities, heterosexuality, love, emotion work, individualisation theses, tradition, and family and kinship.
Rachel has taught undergraduate and masters students on a range of courses within Sociology and Women’s Studies. These courses have covered a wide range of topics, including contemporary sociological and feminist theory, gender, race, class, cities, mobility, health and illness, the interconnections between sexuality, technology, and culture, and globalization.
Rachel has interests in qualitative and mixed methodologies.