Prior to joining AidData, Rachel completed her Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics at Duke University. Her dissertation focused on the differential effect of labor market shocks by gender, as well as how such differential effects affect household bargaining and decision-making. While at Duke University, Rachel also earned Duke's Certificate in College Teaching. During her graduate studies, Rachel taught undergraduate introductory microeconomics at Durham Technical Community College, served as a guest lecturer and teaching assistant for undergraduate development economics at Duke University, and worked as a teaching assistant for two of IZA's short courses on causal impact evaluation methods for graduate students and policy-makers in Bangladesh and Zambia. Prior to her graduate studies, Rachel completed her B.A. with Honors at Loyola University New Orleans.