Rachel Bani (she/her/hers) is a Visiting Instructor of Music History at the Carroll McDaniel Petrie School of Music at Converse University. She is a doctoral candidate in Musicology at Florida State University, where she also earned her Master of Music degree in Historical Musicology. Her master’s thesis engages with songs written by and about Scottish women involved in the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Rachel’s dissertation research focuses on Scottish Gaelic-language songs written in the wake of the Highland Clearances and land agitation movements of the nineteenth century, tying this history to the continued fight for land reform in Scotland today.
Rachel is a recipient of a 2021 American Musicological Society Eugene K. Wolf Travel Grant, a 2021 Florida State University Dissertation Research Grant, and a 2021 Presser Graduate Music Award. She has presented her research for professional organizations such as the American Musicological Society, the North American British Music Studies Association, the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.