Joanne B. Freeman is a professor of history at Yale University. She specializes in the politics and political culture of early national and antebellum America. She has appeared in numerous television documentaries on PBS and the History Channel, and has served as an historical adviser for the National Park Service. She is the author of Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic (2001), which won the best book award from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and the editor of Alexander Hamilton: Writings (2001) and The Essential Hamilton: Letters & Other Writings (2017). Her newest book on physical violence in the U. S. Congress between 1830 and the Civil War is entitled "The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War." (2018) In 2017 she became a cohost of the podcast BackStory.