Rebecca earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Connecticut, where she organized and ran their Community Service Learning Community. While at UConn, she also also served as Lead Graduate Assistant for the university's Learning Communities Initiative, Lead Coordinator of Writing Assessment in Learning Communities, and interim Coordinator of the Writing Center.
She has taught courses in literature and composition, as well as interdisciplinary seminars with social justice and service learning themes. Her dissertation is entitled "Contested Identities: Racial Indeterminacy and Law in the American Novel, 1900-1942." She also wrote honors theses as an undergraduate at Colby College and a masters student at University of Massachusetts.