Rachel Haskins '17 is a Political Science major with a minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies. She is from Baltimore, Maryland.
Rachel spent part of the summer of 2016 living in Jerusalem, Israel as an extension of her semester abroad. During her time in Israel she studied Middle East peace and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; in order to continue her own research, she won a Gladfelter Prize and was awarded funds to research the current state of the American-Israeli relationship in the context of the Iran nuclear deal. This will be her second independently-produced paper; Rachel has also conducted research about the United States National Security Council, and this year she is the Gettysburg Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.
At Gettysburg, Rachel is a member of a research team in the Political Science Department, and co-authored a paper about the staffing patterns in the Obama Administration. She has also served as a peer learning associate in the Political Science Department. She is a Community Advisor for upper class housing, and is also a senior class student senator.
Rachel first became involved with the Eisenhower Institute during the spring of 2014 when she participated in the Inside Politics program with Kasey Pipes. She also participated in the Institute’s Inside the Middle East program with Avi Melamed and is this year’s student coordinator for the Eisenhower Institute’s Inside the Middle East program.
Rachel plans to attend graduate school to continue studying foreign policy and international relations.