Kaitlyn Rabach


Doctoral Student, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine


Kaitlyn Rabach is a doctoral student in Sociocultural Anthropology at University of California, Irvine. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Gender Studies from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, as well as a M.A. in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London.

Her current research explores the relationships between Catholicism, political participation, and gender in socioreligious movements. Ultimately, her research grapples with questions around the limits of liberalism, silences, uncertainties, and moralities. 

In the past, Rabach conducted ethnographic research on the tourism industry in Myanmar, and has presented her findings at various universities throughout Europe and the U.S. Her work on imaginaries of commonality and difference in feminist weaving tourism can be found in the peer-reviewed journal Brief Encounters. Prior to her work in academia, Rabach served as a legislative aid in the Michigan State Legislature where she specialized in bi-partisan legislation on anti-trafficking efforts. She has been published in outlets such as The Huffington Post and South Bend Tribune.