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Biography

Rachel joined King’s College London in 2018 to join the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI). Prior to this, Rachel was at the University of Exeter, working on an interdisciplinary ESRC project using 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.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • 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
  • Internment camp economies

Rachel has spoken and published widely on immigration history and Second World internment in the UK and the USA. She is particularly interested in experiences and memory of internment. Rachel is currently researching the memory and memorialisation of internment camps, refugee trajectories, and the use of currency in internment camps with particular reference to money created by the Dunera Boys in Australia.

Rachel works on the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) and is editing a collection of Anglo-Jewish and Holocaust history for Palgrave Macmillan’s ‘The Holocaust and its Contexts’ series with Dr Larissa Allwork. She is interested in the trajectories of refugees who fled Nazi-occupied Europe and travelled to Britain in the 1930s and 1940s. She is also interested in the comparisons between the refugee situation of the 1930s and the present day, as well as the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War and modern American policy.

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Expertise and Public Engagement

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, and was a media contact for the Dorothea Lange photographic exhibition at the Barbican Centre, London. She is also involved in Holocaust Memorial Day events in Exeter.

Selected Publications