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Rachel Lanier Taylor Appointed by Society for History in the Federal Government

Rachel TaylorRachel Lanier Taylor, a UW doctoral candidate in history, has been selected by the Society for History in the Federal Government in Washington, DC, for an internship generating graduate student engagement with federal government history and humanities programs.

Taylor will spend much of winter and spring 2018 working with the organization to develop programs to connect graduate students with relevant programs in the federal government, which is the nation’s largest employer of history PhDs. She will also support work to demystify the hiring process at key federal agencies. (More on the internship program.)

The internship is part of Historians at Work: Building Professional Networks, a project of the Simpson Center’s Next Generation Humanities PhD initiative. The project joins parallel efforts in English, Philosophy, Near & Middle Eastern Studies, and cross-disciplinary modern language programs in envisioning new approaches and career paths in doctoral education.

Taylor studies US environmental history with dissertation supervisor Linda Nash (History) and interned last summer with the Historic American Buildings Survey, part of the US National Park Service. She previously led the environmental humanities graduate research cluster at the Simpson Center and was a HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) scholar. She is also developing The Digital Dissertator, a public scholarship website partly focused on building community among women dissertators.

Congratulations, Rachel!