Born and raised in New York City, Rachel was drawn to Gallatin’s interdisciplinary classes and to being a part of a tight-knit academic community within the larger NYU campus. Her concentration has been shaped by classes such as Rosalind Fredericks’s “Environment and Development in Africa” and Peder Anker’s “History of Ecology and Environmentalism,” which have moved her towards a concentration that will explore how humans relate to and shape their environment. For her studies, Rachel will bring together Indigenous theory and land rights, peace and conflict studies, urban ecology, and human rights.
Rachel is a 2017 Gallatin Global Fellow in Urban Practice in Oakland, California, where she researched climate resilience projects through the lens of environmental justice. She has received a 2016 Gallatin Horn Family Environmental Studies Research Grant to look at urban greening projects in Berlin and a 2017 Horn Family grant to research the presence of Indigenous ideology in the Redwood National and State Parks in Northern California. She has worked as a research assistant for Gallatin faculty members Peder Anker and Andy Romig and assisted Anooradha Siddiqi in organizing “Dadaab is a Place on Earth,” a symposium about the Kenyan refugee camp. Rachel is also an active member of the Urban Democracy Lab’s Student Advisory Board and the Gallatin Dean’s Team for Recruitment, and she will be traveling to Iceland in 2017-2018 through the Dean’s Honor Society.
Outside of Gallatin, Rachel has interned with the Children’s Radio Foundation, which partners with community radio stations in six African countries and trains youth reporters to report on issues in their communities. Through this experience, she has been inspired by the importance of communication and storytelling for social and environmental change, and continues to pursue that in her concentration. She also enjoys playing and listening to music and sings in an indie-folk duo.