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 Rachel Horner Brackett

Rachel Horner Brackett

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Rachel Horner Bracket is an enthusiastic anthropologist who brings her passion for the subject into the classroom. Growing up on a family farm in a small town in northwest Illinois, she had never even heard of anthropology until she inadvertently signed up for an introductory course in her first year of college. The rest, as they say, is history.

She conducted dissertation research in Tuscany, where she lived and worked on an agritourism estate in order to study the connections between food traditions, sustainability and heritage management. In 2015, she returned to Italy to study Etruscan archaeology through a National Endowment for the Humanities summer fellowship. Her current research interests include the formation of “Etruscan” identity in modern Italy, culinary traditions in the Midwest and the discourse(s) surrounding health and diet.

When she’s not teaching, reading or planning her next trip to Italy, she enjoys organic gardening, spending time with the Brackett family menagerie (two cats, two dogs and two parrots) and dabbling in fiber arts.


  • B.A., sociology and anthropology, Knox College
  • M.A., anthropology, University of Iowa
  • M.P.H., community and behavioral health, University of Iowa
  • Ph.D., anthropology, University of Iowa