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Rachel Katz

Thesis title - 'Grinding their Gears? Effects of 'Grindr Tourism' on local LGBT+ Communities in Israel'.



  • MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies (with an informal merit), University of Cambridge.  Thesis title: "Finding Tinderella: Romance and Authenticity on American Dating Apps."
  • BA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (graduated a year early), Barnard College/Columbia University.

PhD research

My PhD project investigates how local Israeli LGBT+ individuals and communities respond to outsiders (tourists) who use the visual- and location-based gay dating app Grindr as part of a touristic experience.

Research interests

My overall research addresses dating app technologies and their impacts on gender, sexuality, and everyday social interaction. Additionally, I have an interest in visual communication and the relationship of visual culture with technology.

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