Rachel is a Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford University specializing in international relations, comparative politics, and quantitative analysis. Her dissertation explores how partisan polarization affects foreign policymaking in democratic states, with an emphasis on U.S. national security policy. More broadly, Rachel is interested in in the interplay between domestic and international politics in matters of security and conflict. Her research is published or forthcoming at The Journal of Politics and The Journal of Global Security Studies.
Rachel is a Ric Weiland Graduate Fellow in the Humanities & Sciences, a Graduate Fellow at the Stanford Center for International Conflict & Negotiation (SCICN), and a Junior Scholar at the Carnegie International Policy Scholar Consortium and Network (IPSCON). Her research has been supported by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), The Europe Center, the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS), and the Graduate Research Opportunity Fund at Stanford.
Prior to attending Stanford, Rachel received an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and a B.A. in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar.