Rachel Hope Cleves
Fields of Study: United States-Colonial/Revolutionary, United States-19th Century, Atlantic World, Comparative/Migration/Transnational, Cultural/Intellectual, Gender, Sexuality and Women, Religion, Violence
Office: Zulauf 714
Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2005
Current Research: I am currently at work preparing my manuscript, Mortal Eloquence: Violence, Slavery, and Anti-Jacobinism in the Early American Republic, for publication by Cambridge University Press. Mortal Eloquence examines the American reaction to the violence of the French Revolution. The book rediscovers the vital role that the fear of French violence played in the genesis of American abolitionism, the anti-war movement, and support for public education. I also have a second book project, tentatively titled Charity and Sylvia: Women’s Love and Letters on the Vermont Frontier, which is a microhistory about two women who lived together in a romantic union during the first half of the Nineteenth Century.
My research has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation; the Gilder Lehrman Institute; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and by grants from Northern Illinois University and the University of California, Berkeley.
Teaching Interests: My teaching interests are chronological, thematic, and methodological. I like to teach lower-division and upper-division courses on early America, ranging from surveys to more tightly focused courses on the revolutionary era, the early American republic, and the antebellum era. I also teach a thematic course on the History of Violence that covers over 400 years of North American history, and incorporates material from Latin America, the Caribbean, and elsewhere. I hope to teach a similar thematic course on the History of Sexuality in the future. Lastly, I am interested in teaching methodological courses on history writing, that promote the creative potentials of the discipline.
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