Rachel Stein is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, where she teaches Spanish language and literature courses at all levels. She holds an M.Phil. and M.A. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University, an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College, and a B.A. in the College of Letters from Wesleyan University. Rachel specializes in medieval and early modern Spain and Portugal, with a particular interest in the history of the book. Her dissertation explores the global bookmaking processes that went into publishing books at the Lisbon print shop of Pedro Craesbeeck (1597-1632) between sites as diverse as Mexico City, Goa, Isla Margarita, Antwerp, Madrid, and Seville. Rachel is a published translator and has edited the Spanish subtitles for the Metropolitan Opera. She has received grants from the U.S. Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Before pursuing an academic career, Rachel lived and worked in Madrid, Spain, for five years, where she earned a living as a translator and hip hop dance teacher.