- Ph.D., Yale University, Department of History, 2005
- B.A., Indiana University, History and French, Honors, with High Distinction, 1999
- Associate Professor, Xavier University, Department of History, 2011-present
- Assistant Professor, Xavier University, Department of History, 2005-2011
- “The French Red Cross, War Readiness, and Civil Society, 1866-1914.” French Historical Studies, 31, no. 3 (Summer 2008): 445-76
- Organizing for War: France, 1870-1914 (Louisiana State University Press, 2010)
- The Siege of Strasbourg (Harvard University Press, forthcoming, 2014)
Awards, Honors, & Certifications:
- U.S. Fulbright Scholar: Fulbright-Alsace Regional Council Award for research in Strasbourg, 2009.
- Commendation by the Jury for the Malcolm Bowie Prize, “The French Red Cross, War Readiness, and Civil Society, 1866-1914,” The Society for French Studies, 2008.
- Fellowship, Gustave Gimon Collection on French Political Economy at the Stanford University Libraries, 2013.
- Faculty Fellowship for “The Stuff of Everyday Life: Using Quantitative Literacy in the Humanities to Address Sustainability Issues,” sponsored by the Xavier University Center for Teaching Excellence, 2013.
First Year at Xavier University:
Rachel Chrastil’s courses include the Great War, the French Revolution, and A History of Saving the World (human rights, humanitarianism and the environmental movement). Students in her courses analyze the actions of ordinary people as well as the work of prominent intellectual, political and cultural figures. They also partner with local agencies to develop solutions to contemporary challenges. In keeping with Xavier’s Jesuit Catholic identity, students apply analytical rigor to issues associated with morality, spirituality and compassion.