Rachel Silver

Graduate Student


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Rachel Silver is a joint-degree doctoral candidate in Anthropology and Educational Policy Studies. Her research explores the relationship between discourses on girls’ education and sexuality in international development and the lived experiences of adolescents. Specifically, Rachel’s dissertation is an ethnographic examination of the diverse meanings attached to schoolgirl pregnancy in Malawi, and the consequences of these on girls’ post-pregnancy opportunities. Rachel is co-author of Educated for Change? (Information Age Publishing 2012)—an ethnography of young women’s school lives in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps and northern New England—as well as chapters in edited volumes on globalization and education, forced migration in the global South, and ethnographic methods. Rachel has received support for dissertation fieldwork and writing from the NAEd/Spencer Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the UW-Madison Global Health Institute, and the UW-Madison WARF/Vilas Trust. She holds an M.A. in African Studies from Yale University and a B.A. in Anthropology from Bates College.