Rachel Walker
rewalker@umd.edu
Rachel Walker is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History. Her research interests include the social and cultural history of early America, as well as the history of women, gender and sexuality in the Atlantic world.
 
Currently, Rachel is at work on her dissertation, which is entitled “A Beautiful Mind: Reading Faces in the Anglo-Atlantic World, 1760-1860.” In this project, she explores how early Americans made connections between physical beauty and intelligence. Specifically, she studies the popular post-Enlightenment science of physiognomy—a discipline rooted in the premise that facial features could reveal a person’s internal nature. In "A Beautiful Mind," Rachel tracks how early Americans used this science in their daily lives, unearthing how they employed it to distinguish between the minds and moral characters of men and women. 
 
Several archives and institutions have supported Rachel’s research, including the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Library Company of Philadelphia, American Philosophical Society, Massachusetts Historical Society, Virginia Historical Society, Boston Athenaeum, and College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Rachel has also been awarded a “Distinguished Teaching Assistant” award by the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center and was most recently awarded the Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Fellowship for Excellence in Graduate Achievement. 
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