Rachel Achs is a PhD candidate in Philosophy. Her primary research is in ethics and moral psychology, although she has also long maintained an interest in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant on a breadth of topics ranging from metaphysics to aesthetics. Her dissertation is about what blame is, what it means to say that blame is "fair," and why blame is a fair response only to events over which people have voluntary control. At Harvard, Achs taught a tutorial called Philosophy of the Emotions, and a summer school class Ethics: Theory and Practice. She has also served as a teaching fellow for courses in the introduction to philosophy, ethics, epistemology, and feminist political philosophy. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Yale and an MPhil in Philosophy from Cambridge, and has been a visiting student at the University of California, Berkeley.