Jack N. 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 was educated at Haverford College and Harvard University, where he received his PhD in 1975. He is the author of seven books, including Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (1996), which won the Pulitzer Prize in History; Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America (2010); and A Politician Thinking: The Creative Mind of James Madison (2017). Rakove is currently at work on two other books: Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience: The Radical Significance of the Free Exercise of Religion, and The Ticklish Experiment: A Political History of the Constitution, 1789-2020. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and past president of the Society for the History of the Early American Republic. He has been a visiting professor at the law schools of New York University, Tel Aviv University, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and has twice taught at the Stanford program in Florence.