Dr. Rachel Jessica Daniel is a writer whose work focuses on African American women's literature, history, and Black popular culture. She is the co-editor of It's Our Movement Now: Black Women's Politics and the 1977 National Women's Conference, forthcoming from University of Florida Press in November 2022. Rachel has also contributed to the book From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry (2016). In her research, Rachel seeks to provide nuanced readings of Black Christian women and Black Christian Popular Culture.
Rachel has 15 years of experience as a professor in public universities, private colleges, and community colleges in English and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Departments. Rachel became an Associate Professor of English at Massasoit Community College in 2019. In 2020, Rachel designed an English Language Arts curricula rooted in the philosophy of Black Liberation.
As a researcher, professor, and curricula designer, Rachel focuses on liberation as a lens through which to see the lived experiences of the members of the global majority.
In 2021, Rachel became the founding Director of the Center for Employee Enrichment and Development at Massasoit Community College. CEED supports the professional development of faculty, staff, and administrators at Massasoit.
Rachel received a PhD in English, with a concentration in American Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated with a B.A. in English from Ursinus College.
Rachel is also a 2022 graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program, Center for Collaborative Leadership of the College of Management at UMASS Boston; an alumnae of the Carolyn Grubbs Williams Leadership Development Institute of the National Council of Black American Affairs; a
founding board member of the Bay State Chapter of the National Council of Black American Affairs; and a Massachusetts Community College Equity Ambassador.
In every role, Rachel prioritizes racial equity and justice.
Rachel is from Brooklyn, New York. She currently lives in Boston, MA.