Rachel received a BA Hons (Cantab) in Social and Political Science atSelwyn College, Cambridge University where she focused on political engagement and networks. She then went on to studyPolitical Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London gaining top honors for her thesis on media indexing in the reporting of the 2012 Benghazi attacks. After graduating she worked as a political researcher in a parliamentary monitoring firm in London where she researched infrastructure and environmental policy. Rachel's research focuses on political communications particularly the links between communications platforms and socio-political engagement and the rise of professionalization and marketization in politics. Her research interests encompass elements of traditional political theory, sociology and communications theory looking at how particular forces - namely institutional, structural, technological and economic - interact with communications platforms and impact public conversation.