Rachel Banks

Rachel Banks

Rachel Banks

Graduate Assistant


I study the British Empire, particularly within the Victorian period.  My research places emphasis on trade routes and the social and economic impact of trade goods within the empire.  Comestibles such as tea and sugar are of special interest to me as agents of social change.



Tennessee Technological University, B. A. History, 2008-1012.

East Tennessee State University, M. A. History, 2014-2016.

Banks, Rachel.  A Proper Cup of Tea: The Making of a British Beverage.  East Tennessee State University, 2016. (Master’s Thesis)

Mississippi State University, Ph. D student 2017-present.

Research Interests

British Empire, European history 1600-1900, Economic history, British Colonial Trade, Ancient Egypt.

Honors & Awards

University Academic Success Scholarship.  Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, 2008 –2012.
Tuition Scholar.  East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 2014 –2015.
Graduate Assistant.  East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 2015 –2016.
Teaching Assistant.  Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, 2017-present.

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