Rachel Kolb

Rachel Kolb is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in English literature at Emory University in Atlanta, where she is working on a dissertation that explores nineteenth-century American cultural and literary notions about sound and hearing in conversation with other communicative insights from Deaf studies and Deaf history. Her current academic interests are in nineteenth and twentieth century American literature and culture, Deaf and disability studies, bioethics and health humanities, and cultural ideas about the senses and communication. Prior to starting her Ph.D., she graduated from Stanford University and was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford (where she studied English literature and higher education). Her other writing and public scholarship has been featured in publications such as The New York Times and The Atlantic, and she gave a TED talk at TEDx Stanford in 2013.


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