Master of Science in Historic Preservation
Rachel is a graduate student in Historic Preservation. She recieved her undergraduate degree in history and international affairs from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she published an article on the history of suburbanization in Baltimore. She worked with her home state's nonprofit preservation organization, Preservation Maryland, as a research and advocacy intern and gained experience lobbying for preservation positive legislation at the Maryland State House and on Capitol Hill.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, Rachel served as a Fulbright Student Researcher in the Republic of Moldova. In Moldova, Rachel conducted archival research on the history of public monuments, preservation policy, and national identity construction. Working with Moldova's national preservation agency, she also designed and implemented a preservation outreach campaign which reached over 200,000 Moldovans and provided a platform for the public to celebrate their diverse cultural heritage.
At UT Austin, Rachel was a Graduate Assistant in the International Office tasked with researching and writing for the Mexico Roadmap Manual, a project funded by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to promote increased programming for Mexico study abroad. The manual was published in February 2018. In the MSHP program, Rachel participated in the completed of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) for the Ship on the Desert in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, created a cultural heritage tourism plan for Lometa, Texas in Preservation Studio, wrote the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Charles and Angelina Umlauf House, conducted a materials analysis on a collection of historic wallpaper from the Dedrick-Hamilton House in Austin, and completed a Historic Structures Report on the Women's Pavilion in San Antonio's Hemisfair Park. Rachel's thesis Dark Heritage Diplomacy: U.S. Investment in Preserving Sites of Conscience in Post-Communist Europe explores the relationship between dark heritage, heritage tourism, cultural diplomacy and the continuation of Cold War-era foreign policy.