Rachel is currently a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, working at UC Santa Cruz as the Digital Humanities Specialist. Her research examines how American Jews came to know stories about Holocaust survivors through American Jewish philanthropic activities. Rachel studied English and Computer Science as an undergraduate and has long been interested in the places where humanities and technology meet.
Rachel is the Digital Humanities Specialist at UC Santa Cruz. The position is affiliated with the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship and allows me to work with the library and Humanities Division to foster digital humanities scholarship on campus.
She received my PhD in History from the UCLA based on my dissertation, “‘In a world still trembling’: American Jewish philanthropy and the shaping of Holocaust survivor narratives in postwar America (1945-1953).” This work reveals how American Jews first came to know stories about Holocaust survivors through the efforts of American Jewish communal organizations in the postwar period.
To further explore the creation of Holocaust narratives in the immediate postwar period, Rachel created an online exhibit that traces the stories of three Holocaust survivors: Memories/Motifs.