Dr Rachel Pistol
Address Department of Digital Humanities
S4.02 Strand Building
King’s College London
London WC2R 2LS
Prior to joining King’s College London in 2018, Rachel spent 2 years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Exeter, working on an interdisciplinary ESRC project working with data analysis, databases, and OCR software. She completed her BA, MA, and PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London under the supervision of the late Professor David Cesarani OBE. Whilst studying for her doctorate she lectured in History at Royal Holloway, winning the College Postgraduate Teaching Prize in 2016 for her innovative teaching methods. She also held a lectureship at Kingston University in Business Information Systems and Quantitative Methods. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.
Expertise and public engagement
- Second World War internment in the UK and the USA
- Commemoration and the preservation of historical sites
- Information management and data analysis
- Immigration and refugee history
Rachel has appeared on the BBC and Sky News and been interviewed for various television documentaries. She has written several articles for The Conversation that have been reprinted both in the UK and the USA, most notably in Newsweek and The Independent. Rachel also blogs for The Huffington Post.
In 2018, Rachel was commissioned to write an article for The Warth Mills Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Rachel is currently a media contact for the Dorothea Lange photographic exhibition at the Barbican Centre, London.