Rachel Anspach is a doctoral student in Berkeley’s African American Studies department who hails from Chicago by way of Brooklyn. She is also an independent journalist whose work on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in American politics has been published in outlets such as Teen Vogue, Slate, Jezebel and Rewire. Rachel previously served as Senior Editor & Writer for the African American Policy Forum, an intersectional feminist think tank at Columbia Law School, where she co-authored Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women. Rachel graduated with honors from Vassar College with a B.A. in Political Science and Hispanic Studies.
Rachel’s research explores the ways in which gender and neoliberalism factor into racial justice policymaking through an intersectional feminist lens. She is currently examining the role of philanthropy and private capital in perpetuating “Black male achievement” models of racial justice programming. Through her research, Rachel aims to advance racial justice policy that is rooted in the experiences of Black women, girls, and LGBTQ individuals and that addresses structural inequalities.
Rachel’s published work is available at rachelanspach.com.