Jack Rakove is the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies, and professor of political science, at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1980. He studied at Haverford College, the University of Edinburgh, and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1975.

Rakove is the author of seven books, including A Politician Thinking: The Creative Mind of James Madison, which has just been published by the University of Oklahoma Press. His earlier book, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (1996) won the Pulitzer Prize in History, and his 2010 book, Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America was a finalist for the George Washington Prize. He is currently finishing a book on religious freedom, Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience: The Radical Significance of the Free Exercise of Religion, and has begun work on The Ticklish Experiment: A Political History of the Constitution, 1789-2020.

He has written four amicus curiae briefs for the United States Supreme Court, including the historians’ brief in D.C. v. Heller, the leading Second Amendment case, and more than sixty op-eds for such newspapers as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune.

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