Current projects

How do institutions characterize race and racism?

Racism can be understood in different ways - as individual acts of discrimination or as systems of privilege. My research explores how companies and schools characterize racism and diversity and how these concepts influence public perceptions of the organization.


What are the psychological impacts of gentrification?

Gentrification impacts nearly every major city in the U.S., transforming working class neighborhoods into wealthier and Whiter spaces. My research aims to understand how gentrification impacts cultural norms within neighborhoods, and consequently, vulnerable residents’ sense of belonging.


Mind map

My current research projects are just a snippet of my interests. Below is a mind map I sketched when I first applied to grad school. It visualizes my many nodes of interest and some of the research questions I'd like to explore some day.

Rachel's mindmap