Rachel came to Wolfson College in October 2011, to continue her Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship, and to take up the Weinrebe Fellowship in Life-Writing. She is a member of the English faculty, and attached to the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) at Wolfson College.
Her research is concerned with Enlightenment and Romantic biography. Her first book, Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey, charted the early life of Britain's national mapping agency. Her current research concerns the emotional impact of the French Revolution.
She is one of the ten New Generation Thinkers selected by the BBC and AHRC to disseminate their research through radio and festivals.