A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rachel Kolb is a Stanford graduate and Rhodes Scholar currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Her primary areas of academic interest for her doctoral studies include nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, disability studies, deaf studies, bioethics, visual culture and communication, literature and science, and the medical humanities. Rachel has been profoundly deaf since birth and aspires to become a writer, scholar, and disability advocate. Her work often explores topics of language, communication, and the social construction of deafness and disability. Much of her past and ongoing personal work is available on this site, whereas her other academic work and teaching portfolio is located here. In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading an eclectic variety of books, writing, equestrian sports, hiking and the outdoors, traveling, trying new foods (especially of the spicy variety), and spending time with family and friends.


Selected CV


Emory University, Ph.D. Candidate in English Literature (expected spring 2020)

Pursuing a certificate in Bioethics

The University of Oxford, M.Sc. in Education (Higher Education), 2015

Thesis topic: "All-Around Inclusion: Mainstreamed Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students' Perceptions on Accommodations and Access in American Universities"

The University of Oxford, M.St. in English Literature (1900-present), 2014

Thesis topic: "The Linguistic Grotesque: Disability and the Southern Grotesque in Carson McCullers's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury"

Stanford University, M.A. in English Literature, 2013

Stanford University, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, in English Literature, 2012

Graduated with honors, with distinction, and with a minor in Human Biology

Thesis topic: "'Grains of Truth in the Wildest Fable': Literary Illustrations, Pictorial Representation, and the Project of Fantasy in Jane Eyre"


Awards, Fellowships, and Other Recognitions

Rhodes Scholarship

Attended St. John's College at the University of Oxford as one of 32 American Rhodes scholars selected in November 2012.

George W. Woodruff Fellowship for Graduate Study, Emory University

English Department Award for Best Graduate Essay, Emory University 2016

Given for the essay "'Seeing Things Invisible to Mortal Sight': The Interaction of Melancholy and Blindness in Milton's Poetry"

Stanford University Cap and Gown Society

Honors society for women leaders at Stanford; inducted November 2011.

Mary Louise Rosenberg Honors Prize, Stanford University English Department 2012

Given for the honors thesis "'Grains of Truth in the Wildest Fable': Literary Illustrations, Pictorial Representation, and the Project of Fantasy in Jane Eyre"

Stanford University English Department Creative Nonfiction Prize, 2011

Given for the essay "Seeing at the Speed of Sound"

Boothe Prize for Excellence in Writing, 2009

Given for two respective essays, written in Stanford's Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) and Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) programs


Professional Experience

Department of English, Emory University

Assistant to Professor Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, April 2016-present

Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Writing tutor, August 2015-present

Stanford Magazine

Content and editing intern, September 2012-June 2013

Stanford University Hume Writing Center

Peer writing tutor, April 2011-June 2013

Sandia National Laboratories

Technical writing intern, Quality Assurance Group, June 2012-September 2013

Technical writing intern, Strategic Foundations Group, June 2010-September 2010

Communications intern, Communications and Media Relations, June 2009-September 2009

Stanford University School of Medicine

Research assistant for Department of Pediatrics, June 2011-August 2011

The Leland Quarterly, Stanford University

Associate editor, 2010-2011, senior editor 2011-2012, managing editor 2012-2013

The Stanford Daily

Weekly opinion columnist for volume 239, January-June 2011


Other publications, presentations, and projects are available in the navigation menus of this site.