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Rachel Ihara
Assistant Professor
Rachel Ihara


Rachel Ihara, Ph.D., became an Assistant Professor of English in the English Department at Kingsborough in the fall of 2008 after completing her doctoral work in American Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY.  She has taught college writing and literature courses at Queensborough Community College, Lehman College, and City Tech.  Before joining the faculty at Kingsborough, Rachel was a Writing Fellow and Faculty Development Associate at Lehman College’s Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program.  She also served as a research assistant for the Institute for Literacy Studies. 

Rachel currently teaches developmental writing courses and Freshman Composition as well as literature electives.  Areas of interest include American serial fiction, American periodicals, ethnic-American fiction, autobiography, writing pedagogy, ePortfolios, and Writing Across the Curriculum. Rachel currently co-facilitates the KCTL Faculty Interest Group on ePortfolios.


English 91, Fluency Reading/Writing

English 12, Freshman Composition I

English 30, Introduction to Literature


The Graduate Center

Ph.D. in English

M.Phil in English

M.A. in English (en route M.A. awarded by Queens College)

Certificate of American Studies

College Teaching

Queensborough Community College, CUNY

Lehman College, CUNY

College of Technology, CUNY

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

Ihara, Rachel. “ ‘Rather Rude Jolts’: Henry James, Serial Publication, and the Art of Fiction.” Henry James Review 31.2 (2010): 188-206.

Ihara, Rachel “Gentlemen Publishers and Lady Readers: Winnifred Eaton’s Negotiation with the Literary Marketplace.” In Popular Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers.  Eds. Earl Yarington and Mary DeJong. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2007. 486-504.

Events and/or Key Dates

Research Interests

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants

Recipient of a Presidential Faculty Innovation Award, Kingsborough Community College, 2009-2010.

Recipient of the Alfred Kazin Prize for Best Dissertation in American Literature and Culture, 2007-2008.

Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies

Member of the Modern Language Association

Member of the National Council of Teachers of English

Personal Interests

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