International Relations, School of International Service (ABD)
Year of program entry: 2011
Rachel earned her BA in Comparative Literature (French and English) from Brown University, Rhode Island and her MA in International Affairs (international development) from The New School, New York. She has studied and worked abroad in Nicaragua and was awarded an Educational Fellowship with the Argentine Ministry of Economy and Finance, Secretariat for Economic Policy in 2006.
Rachel’s dissertation focuses on an in depth case study of El Salvador as a “Deviant Case” in the role of the diverse anti-mining coalition and the country’s current anti-mining macro-economic policy, which is distinct for the region. The case study will be embedded in a mapping/categorization of Latin American nation-states based on a comparative analysis (from secondary research) of the intersections among: national/regional mining policy (depending on the system of governance, i.e. federal or centralized); response/backlash to such policies and their implementation; and the result effects (if any) on national/regional policy (by government and/or private sector as relevant). The final stage will use the lessons from El Salvador and explore the potential for applicability elsewhere.
Rachel has dedicated her work and studies for the last decade on Latin America (and the Caribbean), with substantial research and development project experience in Nicaragua, Paraguay, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, El Salvador and Haiti. She has worked with several organizations that work specifically on Latin America, and continues to consult with the World Bank’s Latin America region and with The German Development Corporation (GIZ). Rachel’s goal has always been to try and support the strengthening of the voices of those who are so often invisible. Learning and becoming fluent in Spanish has deepened her commitment to working and knowing this region of the world and it is where she plans to focus her professional and intellectual work in the future.