Rachel Carrico is currently a Faculty Fellow in the Department of Dance at the University of Oregon. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California–Riverside and an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU. In 2015-16, she was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies in/and the Humanities at Stanford University's Department of Theater & Performance Studies. Carrico's research explores the aesthetic, political, and social histories of second lining, an improvisational dance form rooted in New Orleans's African diaspora parading traditions. Her scholarship has been published in TDR: The Drama Review and TBS: The Black Scholar, awarded the Society of Dance History Scholars' Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for excellence in dance scholarship, and supported by grants from such entities as the UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship Program, the UC Center for New Racial Studies, and the Center for Gulf South Research at Tulane University. Also a practitioner, Carrico completed the Limón Institute's dance teacher training. In 2008, she co-founded Goat in the Road Productions in New Orleans, with whom she has directed two international artist residencies and launched Play/Write, a youth playwriting festival, in New Orleans schools. Carrico is also a contributor to New Orleans's Data News Weekly and a consultant for the forthcoming documentary film on New Orleans vernacular dance, Buckumping by Lily Keber. She parades annually with the Ice Divas Social and Pleasure Club.