Her research covers early film history and theory; the historical and contemporary avant garde. The relationship of these to modern society charted via the theories of the College of Sociology and the Frankfurt School (both loosely defined).
Rachel is also a participant in the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre.
Investigating colonial film archives; the use of archival footage in current film practice; changes in avant-garde film aesthetics. She is interested in the cross overs between anthropology and film theory, most recently writing on Jean Epstein's Breton films. This interest extends to film practice, as with the study of the treatment of dead bodies in film and in magical ritual in a forthcoming essay entitled, 'Magical Death: the international Comedies of Re-burial'. Her current book project, based on earlier research around film and contact across time and space conducted during her Guggenheim Fellowship, is called 'In the Film Archive of Natural History'.
Moore, Rachel. 2014. In Transit: Between Labor and Leisure in London’s St. Pancras International. In: Rachel Moore; Chris Berry and Janet P. Harbord, eds. Public Space Media Space. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 162-177. ISBN 978-1-137-02775-7
Moore, Rachel. 2013. Tesseract. In: Neil Campbell and Alfredo Cramerotti, eds. Photocinema: The Creative Edges of Photography and Film. University of Chicago Press: Intellect, pp. 88-100. ISBN ISBN 978-1-84150-562-6
Moore, Rachel. 2012. 'A Different Nature' ” in Jean Epstein: Critical essays and new translations. In: Sarah Keller and J.N. Paul, eds. Jean Epstein: Critical essays and new translations. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 177-194. ISBN 978 90 8964 292 9
Moore, Rachel and Harbord, Janet P.. 2011. Film in Our Midst: The City as Cinematic Archive. In: Francois Penz and Andong Lu, eds. Urban Cinematics. Bristol/Chicago: Intellect, pp. 197-206. ISBN 9781841504285
Moore, Rachel. 2004. James Benning's California Trilogy: A Lesson in Natural History. Afterall, 8, pp. 35-42. ISSN 14654253
Moore, Rachel. 2003. Re-enchanted Enchantment: Watching Movies in the Movies. Etnofoor, 15(1-2), pp. 161-176. ISSN 09215158
Moore, Rachel. 2003. Cultural Bolshevism at Capital's Late-Night Show: Scorpio Rising. Afterall, 7,