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BA (Nottingham), M.Phil (Cantab), D.Phil (Oxon)
Rachel is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of History. She works on the later medieval period, and specializes in women’s and gender history, material culture and the built environment. Her Leverhulme-funded project investigates women’s patronage of urban architecture in England and Scotland.
Before joining the Department of History, Rachel was the 2018-19 Susan Manning Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), where she explored the architectural patronage of Mary of Guelders (d.1463), queen consort and later regent of Scotland.
Rachel’s AHRC-funded doctorate (awarded from the University of Oxford in 2017) focused on residences that were headed by noblewomen, and considered how female authority was articulated through the physical and social space of the great household and its wider landscape.
She is currently preparing her thesis as monograph for publication with Oxford University Press’s Oxford Historical Monographs series.
Medieval Lives (first year Period Topic module)
Masculinities and Femininities in Late Medieval Europe (MA Option Module)
A core facet of Rachel’s work is public engagement and outreach with the heritage sector.
In 2018, she played a central role in a collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Medieval Coventry Trust, researching and devising content for a panel display and walking tour on ‘Royal Women of Influence in Medieval Coventry’ for Coventry’s September 2018 Heritage Open Days.
Rachel has also acted as a historical advisor to National Trust properties teams, and as a contributor to the University of Oxford-National Trust online knowledge bank, Trusted Source.