Dr. Rachel Hope Cleves is professor of History at the University of Victoria.

Cleves’s work focuses on the cultural history of food and sex in North America and western Europe.

She is the author of three books, Unspeakable: A Life Beyond Sexual Morality (2020), Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America (2014), and The Reign of Terror in America: Visions of Violence from Anti-Jacobinism to Antislavery (2009). Her research has been featured in The Washington PostThe Boston Globe, salon.com and brainpickings.org.

Cleves is an avid reader and writer of fiction. She spends her writing hours in a treehouse in Victoria, British Columbia.