Rachel Feinstein joined RSI in May 2023 as a Researcher. In collaboration with the research team, she is working on projects aimed at improving and increasing access to mediation programs.
She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Texas A&M University in 2014, and then began working as an Assistant Professor at Carthage College in Wisconsin. Before starting at RSI, Rachel worked in the Sociology Department at California State University Fullerton and the Criminology, Law and Society Department at the University of California, Irvine.
Rachel studied restorative justice and taught undergraduates about this philosophical approach in her courses. She has conducted research involving in-depth interviews with incarcerated juveniles to analyze their experiences of incarceration, perceptions of police officers and other topics. These studies have been published in journals for academics and practitioners. She is committed to conducting research that addresses social inequalities and increases access to justice.