Rachel Schwaller is a PhD student in American Studies. She is interested in ethnography, religious studies, and the role of scripture and interpretation among conservative Evangelical Christians. Her dissertation will focus on an ethnography of small congregations and how they utilize scripture to create political performances, especially surrounding the rhetoric of economics, small government, and taxes.
Prior to her acceptance to KU, Rachel received her MA from Pennsylvania State University in History with a specialty in Hebrew Bible and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. She is currently a graduate instructor in the Humanities and Western Civ. Department, teaching PCS 120: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies.
When Rachel is not analyzing conservative Christian rhetoric, you can find her hiking, reading fantasy, or working diligently to bring back Firefly.