Rachel Hope Cleves is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Northern Illinois University. Cleves graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, and she received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. Her dissertation won the James H. Kettner Prize for Best Written Dissertation in the Department of History. She has also been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the Harry Frank Guggenheim foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Cleves has previously published an article in the Journal of the Early Republic, as well as numerous book reviews in scholarly journals.