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Rachel Lanier Taylor

Doctoral Candidate, History
Summer Historian, National Park Service

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M.A. History, Appalachian State University, 2012
B.A. International Studies and History, University of North Carolina, 2009

Rachel Lanier Taylor is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Washington. Her dissertation, "Gendered Power: Energy Transitions and the Tennessee Valley Authority since 1920" is an environmental and gender history of past energy transitions in the United States. Taking the TVA as a case study, it uncovers how gendered ideologies influenced national energy policies and examines how different types of energy production shaped gender roles in quite material ways.

Rachel's exam fields include U.S. Environmental History, U.S. History, U.S. Gender History, Latin American Environmental History, and Global Environmental History. She has served as a Digital History Fellow and is currently acting as a HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholar. At UW she leads the Environmental Humanities Research Cluster, which recently received funding through the Simpson Center for the Humanities. In the past she has interned with the National Parks Conservation Association, and is currently working as a summer Historian for the National Park Service, writing a Historic American Building Survey report on the Powerhouse at Ellis Island. Rachel is devoted to exploring social and environmental justice through interdisciplinary academic collaboration.