Rebecca Spang is the leading American historian of her generation working on the history of 18th- and 19th-century France and the French Revolution. She has led the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies to become a nationally recognized scholarly hub for the study of that period. In 2020, Rebecca Spang was presented the Bicentennial Medal for her distinguished service to Indiana University.
Spang is a prolific scholar whose powerful prose reaches a wide audience beyond fellow historians, and even the United States. Most recently, she was selected as a 2023 New America National Fellow and a 2022-23 Guggenheim Fellow.