Under her directorship, Disability Studies received the first annual Provost's Innovation in Teaching award for an academic program. Rifkin was awarded the Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2021.
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.
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 has served on a number of University-wide committees addressing access and inclusion and mentors disabled students both in and outside the classroom.