Rachel Mayo Banks

Rachel Banks

Rachel Mayo Banks

Graduate Assistant


Education

B.A. (2012) Cum Laude, History/French, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville TN.

M.A. (2016) Summa Cum Laude, European History, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Ph. D (ABD) European History, Mississippi State University, Starkville MS.

M.A. (in progress) Applied Anthropology, Mississippi State University, Starkville MS.

Academic Career

Teaching Experience:


Teaching Assistant
East Tennessee State University:
2016 Early American History for Janet Smith.

Mississippi State University:
2017 HI 1073 Modern American History from 1877 for Niklas Traskowski.
HI 1073 Modern American History from 1877 for Kelly Nelson.
2018 HI 1073 Modern American History from 1877 for Matthew Himel.
HI 1213 Early Western World for Dr. William Hay.
2019 HI 1073 Modern American History from 1877 for Dr. Matthew Lavine.
HI 1213 Early Western World for Dr. Julia Osman.
2020 HI 1073 Modern American History from 1877 for Dr. Zubovich.
2020 HI 1213 Early Western World for Dr. William Hay.

Internships and Other Graduate Work Experience:


East Tennessee State University:
2014 Research Assistant to Dr. Philip Wilson.
2015 Graduate Assistant to Dr. William Burgess.

Mississippi State University:
2018 Internship at the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library.
2019 Research Assistant to Dr. Kathryn Barbier.
2020 Internship at the Cobb Institute in collaboration with the Mitchell Memorial Library.

Research Interests

Victorian Britain, Foodways, European History, Ancient History, Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, Household Archaeology, Economic History, Commodity Cultures.

Publications

Publications:
Banks, Rachel.  A Proper Cup of Tea: The Making of a British Beverage.  Johnson City, TN: East Tennessee State University, 2016. (master’s thesis)

Guest Lectures:
2017 “Reagan and the 1980s.”  HI 1017.  Course taught by Kelly Nelson.

2019 “Alexander the Great.”  HI 1213.  Course taught by Dr. Julia Osman.

Service Work:
2019-present Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures Graduate Student Association events and fundraisers.

2019-present Volunteer at the Cobb Institute of Archaeology Museum.

Other Work Experience:
2016 Guide at the Hands On! Museum in connection with the Gray Fossil Site, Johnson City and Gray TN.

Conference Presentation:
2020 ASFS/AFHVS Twitter Conference #Foodstudies20. “Cooking up the British Empire.”

Conference Attendance:
2019 Southeastern Archaeological Conference
2020 ASFS/AFHVS Twitter Conference #Foodstudies20; virtual due to Covid-19.

Honors & Awards

Fellowships, Awards, and Appointments:
2008-2012 University Academic Scholarship, Tennessee Technological University.

2014-2015 Tuition Scholarship, East Tennessee State University.

2015-2016 Graduate Assistantship, East Tennessee State University.

2017-2020 James W. Garner History Scholarship, Mississippi State University.

Research Experience

 

French: Proficiency reading and speaking.

 

Latin: Moderate in reading.

 

Spanish: Rudimentary in reading.

Professional Associations

American Historical Association (former member)
Association for the Study of Food and Society (current member)
Association for the Study of Oriental Research (current member)
The Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (current member)
The Society of Military History (former member)

Alpha Mu Gamma, Eta Psi chapter

Phi Alpha Theta, Kappa Tau chapter

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