Jack Rakove

Jack Rakove
rakove@stanford.edu

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William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies

Department of History

Bio:

Jack Rakove is the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies and professor of political science and (by courtesy) law at Stanford, where he has taught since 1980. His principal areas of research include the origins of the American Revolution and Constitution, the political practice and theory of James Madison, and the role of historical knowledge in constitutional litigation. He is the author of six books, including Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (1996), which won the Pulitzer Prize in History, and Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America (2010), which was a finalist for the George Washington Prize, and the editor of seven others, including The Unfinished Election of 2000 (2001). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and a past president of the Society for the History of the Early American Republic.

Courses:
  • Heretics to Headscarves
  • Creative Political Thinking
  • Approaches to American Legal History
  • Topics in Constitutional History
Research:
  • Origins of the American Revolution
  • Creation of a national polity and government between the early 1770s and 1800
  • Origins of the Constitution and the early history of its interpretation
  • Political ideas and career of James Madison
Publications:

The Beginnings of National Politics: An Interpretive History of the Continental Congress (Knopf, 1979) ed.,

Interpreting the Constitution: The Debate over Original Intent (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1990)

James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic (Scott Forsman, 1990); expanded ed., (Longman, 2001, 2006)

Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (Knopf, 1996)

Declaring Rights: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford 1997)

ed., James Madison: Writings (Library of America, 1999)

ed., The Unfinished Election of 2000 (Basic Books, 2001)

ed., with John Ferejohn and Jonathan Riley, Constitutional Culture and Democratic Rule (Cambridge University Press, 2001)

ed., The Federalist: The Major Essays (Bedford, 2003)

Founding America: Documents from the Revolution to the Bill of Rights (Barnes & Noble Classics, 2006)

The Annotated US. Constitution and Declaration of Independence (Belknap Press, 2009)

Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America (Houghton Miffin Harcourt, 2010).

Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience: The Radical Significance of the Free Exercise of Religion (forthcoming)

A Politician Thinking: The Creative Mind of James Madison (forthcoming)