Rachel Lanier Taylor
Rachel Lanier Taylor is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Washington. Her primary field of research is Environmental History. Combining her interests in environmental history, the history of gender, and Appalachian studies, her dissertation explores links between the Tennessee Valley Authority's energy policies and home and work life both in and out of the valley. The dissertation asks how different types of energy production and consumption--organic, hydroelectric, coal-powered, and nuclear--not only shape the material world but also influence power relationships between men and women. Taylor has some experience in GIS and Digital Humanities and hopes to use these as tools in her future research.