Rachel learned to read in part with the help of a BASIC program her dad wrote for her on an old TRS-80 from Radio Shack. She became interested at an early age in the way we relate to technology by watching him (an early adopter) struggle to make a believer out of her mom (decidedly not an early adopter). Hindsight has shown her that being born to these particular parents is the first in a series of coincidences that led her directly (well, sort of) to law school and Ian Kerr at the University of Ottawa. She is an unapologetic generalist and is interested in a lot of different stuff, though technology seems to be a common thread. She is related by marriage to the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Honourable Sir William Buell Richards. She suspects this connection might help have helped her find gainful employment, if only Chief Justice Richards hadn’t died in 1889 (and if only women in Canada were allowed into law school when he was alive). She has an honours degree in media studies and a diploma in journalism from the University of Guelph-Humber. She is left-handed.
- Rachel is currently conducting research around the anonymity of health data.
- Previously, she has conducted research into print media discourses of sexual assault victims, the 2005 riots in France, and political candidates.