Rifkin currently serves as the first Special Advisor to the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Disability, a new role that expands Georgetown's commitment to valuing disability as an identity and dimension of diversity. She is also on the faculty of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at the GU Center for Child and Human Development, where she works with an interdisciplinary group of practitioners, family members, and self advocates.
Rifkin teaches courses in modern and contemporary American literature and gender, race, and disability studies. Her two books include the co-edited collection, Among Friends: Engendering the Social Site of Poetry (2013) and Career Moves: Olson, Creeley, Zukofsky, Berrigan, and the American Avant-Garde (2000). She has published numerous articles on gender, poetry, and, most recently, the poetics of care.