Rahima Schwenkbeck received a PhD in American Studies at The George Washington University. A native of Niagara Falls, her interests include utopian studies, the history of US business and advertising. She has presented and chaired at a variety of conferences, including the Organization of American Historians, the PCA/ACA, and the Business History Conference; served as the Editorial Assistant at the American Quarterly; earned the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year distinction at CSU-Fullerton; and has received grants from the Center for Communal Studies, the James and Sylvia Thayer Fellowship and the Kasch Research Scholarship. Her work is featured in several upcoming and published works, including Music at the Extremes, The Folklorist in the Marketplace, We Are What We Sell: How Advertising Shapes American Life and Southern Historian. Her dissertation examines the economic models of utopian communities in the US in order to establish new ways of analyzing business models.
Before attending GWU, Rahima earned an MA in American Studies from California State University-Fullerton, and an MA from the University of Minnesota in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in American History and Communications. Her undergraduate work was in Entrepreneurial Management, Marketing and Jewish Studies, also completed at the University of Minnesota. In addition to academia, Rahima is interested in photography, clearance bins, and travel.