I’m Rachel Rys. I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the Feminist Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in Productive and Reproductive Labors. I am also pursuing a doctoral emphasis in Writing Studies and a Certificate in College and University Teaching. I have an M.A. in Feminist Studies from UCSB and a B.A. in Linguistics and Gender Studies from Northwestern University. I am entering the final year of my graduate program and expect to have my degree in hand by June 2019.
My doctoral research examines how the comics medium can be used to teach feminist theory to audiences both within and beyond the university. I examine how the comics medium can make complex academic theory personal and compelling by situating everyday events in their broader social and political significance, by embodying speakers and placing them in context, and by orchestrating time and space to tell contested and non-linear stories.
I have taught extensively in the Feminist Studies Department and the Writing Program at UCSB. Additionally, I am entering my third year working in the Office of Instructional Development, where I help faculty and Teaching Assistants develop their teaching skills and improve their use of instructional technology. Beyond my work at UCSB, I have worked in the Writing Center at Santa Barbara City College for the past four years.