Rachel has a PhD from University College London, an MA from the Université de Paris VII, and a BA from Brown University. Further details on her academic work can be found below.


·       "Classic Hollywood: Lifestyles and Film Styles of American Cinema, 1930-1960." Panel with Laura Mulvey, Melvyn Stokes, and Tom Brown. Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, Birkbeck, University of London (January 2016).

·       "The Ironic Continental and the Courageous Brit: Competing Female Identities in Hollywood from 1935 to 1939." Institute of Historical Research, London (November 2015).

·       “Exploiting Our Own People: 1937 House Debates on Foreign Actors.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Seattle (March 2014).

·       “The Iconic Polyglot: Greta Garbo and MGM’s Cosmpolitan Recruitment Strategy.” Screen Conference at the University of Glasgow (June 2013).

·       “Paris, Paramount: Ernst Lubitsch and the Imaginary Open City.” London Conference on Critical Thought at Birkbeck College (June 2012)

·       “From Strangers to Stars, Stars to Strangers: Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich in Early 1930s Hollywood.” Welcoming Strangers Conference at Royal Holloway, University of London (April 2012).


·       UCL Overseas Research Scholarship, awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential (beginning 2012/2013 academic year): Full fees for duration of degree

·       UCL Old Students’ Scholarship (2012)

·       Award for the outstanding student in the study of Shakespeare, given by the Brown University Department of English (2006)