The Social Science Research Council has awarded Rachel an International Dissertation Research Fellowship for 2012, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Rachel will be doing research at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris), and at the Biblioteca Marciana (Venice).
Rachel's research project is entitled "Negotiating Space and Self in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Construction of Mercantile Identity in Franco-Italian Literature." She is one of 77 awardees, selected from a total of 1,148 submitted applications from graduate students at 128 universities. This year's awardees represent 32 universities and 13 disciplines: anthropology, art history and architecture, drama/theater and performance studies, environmental science, film studies, geography, history, literature, political science, education, religion, sociology, and urban planning.