Rachel Parker is a PhD candidate in Sociology with an emphasis in Global & International Studies. She is a Research Fellow at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, where she works with Richard Appelbaum on a comparative project investigating Nanotechnology Policy in China and the U.S. They are also tracking investment in and competition of nanotechnology, globally. As one of the recipients of the NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship Rachel spent three months conducting interviews on nanotechnology R&D in China and Taiwan. Rachel's disseration focuses on the anlysis of China's Science and Technology Policy using Nanotechnology as a case study. She is interested in how nano and other emerging technologies can be used to harness equitable development and environmental remediation. Rachel received a master’s degree in management of non-governmental organizations from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brandeis University.