Rachel joined the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, as a PhD candidate in October 2019. Her research explores the interrelated political, cultural and social dimensions of war memory in Vietnam, providing an ethnographic case study of a state-managed war museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Rachel’s research is guided by the concept of ethical memory and considers how struggles over historical truths and practices take place within local, national and transnational frames. She worked in Vietnam as an English teacher upon leaving high school.

Rachel is an experienced public policy analyst and political advisor. She was Head of Office to Sian Berry and Caroline Russell, two elected London Assembly Members, leading a team of researchers scrutinising the policies of Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. She has also contributed to an APPG inquiry report on the future of UK-Sudan relations, completed placements with BRAC in Bangladesh, in Amnesty International’s South East Asia team and with the British Red Cross.

She completed her BA in East Asian Studies at the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield and her MA in International Development at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester.

Rachel is interested in maritime history and enjoys creative writing.

Cumberland Lodge Scholar, 2019-21