Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science
B.A., Politics, Washington and Lee University, 2013
Rachel entered the Ph.D. program at Baylor University in the fall of 2014. She received her Bachelor's in Politics from Washington and Lee University, where she graduated magna cum laude with honors. While at Baylor, Rachel hopes to deepen her study of political philosophy, the American founding, politics and religion, and politics and literature.
“Mark Twain’s Joan of Arc: An American Woman?” co-authored with Christine J. Basil. Forthcoming in Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 44.2 (Spring 2018).
“The Constitutional Theory of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.” Law & Justice No. 175 (Trinity/Michaelmas 2015), 209-226.
“The Problem of Beginning in Book One of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, January 2018.
“Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s Principled Jurisprudence of Moderation.” Invited lecture, Sweet Briar College, December 2017.
“The Role of Trust and Friendship in Aristotle’s Account of the Intellectual Virtues.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, January 2017.
"Lessons in Love in Xenophon’s Cyropaedia.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the New England Political Science Association, Newport, RI, April 2016.
“The Constitutional Theory of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.” Paper presented at the Shawnee Trail Regional Seminar on American Politics & Constitutionalism, Columbia, MO, May 2015.
“The Constitutional Theory of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Paper presented at the Contemporary Perspectives on Politics & Religion conference, Winter Park, FL, January 2015.
Other Conference Participation
Panelist, “The Cold War and American Statesmanship.” Alexander Hamilton Institute, Clinton, NY, June 2016.
Participant, “The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln.” Hertog Advanced Institute, New York, NY, August 2015.
Participant, Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Krakow, Poland, June-July 2015.
Panelist, “Churchill and De Gaulle: Statesmanship in a Democratic Age.” Alexander Hamilton Institute, Clinton, NY, June 2015.
Spring 2018 PSC 2302: American Constitutional Development (Honors section)
Spring 2018 HON 3200-3201: Honors Colloquium on Jane Austen’s Persuasion
Fall 2017 PSC 2343: Introduction to Western Political Philosophy
Fall 2017 HON 3200-3201: Honors Colloquium on Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn