Director of Accreditation
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, History Department
(She, Her, Hers)
Dr. Rachel Chrastil is a scholar of modern Europe. In her books Organizing for War: France, 1870-1914 and The Siege of Strasbourg, she examines civilian experiences before, during and after major international conflicts. Chrastil's latest book, How to Be Childless: A History and Philosophy of Life Without Children, examines the causes, interpretations, and experiences of childlessness, drawing on major Western countries during the modern era. Chrastil's work on childlessness has appeared in The Washington Post, Psychology Today and the podcast Think Act Be.
As Director of Accreditation, Chrastil serves as Xavier's Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Higher Learning Commission and to the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
As Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Chrastil works closely with faculty on honors, international and interdisciplinary programs. She is responsible for strategic planning regarding shared governance, diversity and inclusion, and faculty development. Previous responsibilities include oversight of curriculum development, assessment, and communication.
Prior to her appointment as Associate Dean, Chrastil was the Founding Director of the First-Year Seminar at Xavier, which launched in Fall 2015 as part of the new Core Curriculum. She has also developed a resource to help humanities faculty incorporate quantitative literacy into their classes.
Chrastil's courses include Paris, the Great War, the French Revolution, and A History of Saving the World (human rights, humanitarianism and the environmental movement). In keeping with Xavier's Jesuit Catholic identity, students in her courses apply analytical rigor to issues associated with morality, spirituality and compassion.
Chrastil received her Ph.D. from Yale University and her B.A. from Indiana University, and studied at the Université de Provence. She was a Fulbright Scholar in 2009 and has researched extensively across France. In 2015 she was awarded the Roger A. Fortin Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship in the Humanities.