Rachel Stein holds a Ph.D. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University, where she teaches Spanish language and literature courses at all levels. She earned an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College and B.A. in the College of Letters from Wesleyan University. Rachel specializes in medieval and early modern Spain, Portugal, and their overseas empires, with a particular interest in early modern globalization and the history of the book. Her dissertation explores the global publishing processes that converged through the Lisbon press of Pedro Craesbeeck (1597-1632), tracing the activities of authors, publishers, and printers among coordinates as diverse as Mexico City, Brazil, Goa, Morocco, Antwerp, and Seville. Rachel is a published translator and has edited the Spanish subtitles for the Metropolitan Opera. Her research has been supported by 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 copy editor, translator, and hip hop dance teacher.