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Rachel Bristol

Graduate Teaching Consultant

Rachel Bristol is a PhD candidate in UC San Diego’s Department of Cognitive Science, where she researches pragmatic aspects of expressing knowledge in conversational interaction. Her current work focuses on the social consequences of violating norms of knowledge ownership and transfer and explores the sociolinguistic practices that surround disputes of epistemic authority. Rachel has coached high school debate teams, taught English language classes, and served as a teaching assistant in thirteen different cognitive science courses, ranging from neurobiology to ethnography. She has been the instructor of record for “COGS 101A, Sensation & Perception” and “COGS 101C, Language” and hopes to continue teaching in the future.