B.A. in Government, William and Mary; Ph.D. in Political Science, Yale University. Rachel began her career in education while working with adolescent females in New-Haven-area public high schools as part of her doctoral dissertation, entitled Condoms, Bongs, and Visible Thongs. She completed the teacher preparation program at Yale and has taught English in both urban and suburban public high schools in Connecticut. She was a founding Literature teacher and ninth-grade team facilitator at New Haven Academy, a small district magnet school, and currently teaches Political Science and Women's Studies at DePaul University in Chicago.