A Somalian human rights activist and physician, Dr. Hawa Abdi is the founder of The Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation, which provides healthcare, food, and shelter to 90,000 displaced Somalis. In 2012, Dr. Abdi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Char Adams is a reporter for NBC News’ BLK, covering race, gender, and class. She has thoughtfully covered everything from the criminal legal system to racial discrimination in big tech. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Teen Vogue, People Magazine and elsewhere. She hosted COVID University New York, one of the first podcasts to chronicle the Covid-19 pandemic in New York City. She is from Philadelphia and now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book Lords of Finance, Ahamed is a former economist at the World Bank. Lords of Finance was a New York Times Bestseller and was chosen as one of The New Yorker’s top 20 nonfiction books of 2009, and one of the New York Times’s top 10 books of 2009.
Daniel Akst is an author, critic and journalist who has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe and other leading publications. He is the author of four previous books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel St. Burl’s Obituary, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Akst has worked on staff at the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Newsday and served on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. He is a visiting instructor in the humanities at Bard College, where he’s also taught as part of the Bard Prison Initiative. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and lives in New York’s bucolic Hudson Valley.
James Aldred is the celebrated author of The Man Who Climbs Trees, and EMMY winning documentary wildlife cameraman. He works with TV and production companies around the world including the BBC and National Geographic. He has worked with Sir David Attenborough on numerous projects including Life of Mammals and Planet Earth and been nominated for BAFTA/RTS awards many times.
John Allore is the co-author of the Canadian true crime best seller Wish You Were Here and has worked in victim advocacy since 2002. His website, Who Killed Theresa, is one of the first crime blogs on the internet. It began as an investigation into the unsolved murder of his sister, Theresa Allore. The website is widely consulted by police agencies, public officials, academics and students for its volume of information. In 2017 John started the podcast, Who Killed Theresa, which focuses on unsolved murders, as well as other issues of criminal and social justice. John is currently the Acting Director of Budget & Management Services for the city of Durham, North Carolina.
Alan Allport is professor of history at Syracuse University. A British historian, he specializes in the history of Britain during the two world wars. His most recent book, Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-41, was published by Knopf. He is at work on a second volume.
Michelle Wilde Anderson is the Larry Kramer Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. She teaches in the areas of poverty and inequality, local government, housing, and environmental justice. Her new book The Fight to Save the Town: Reimagining Discarded America was published by Avid Reader.
Alan Andres is the co-author of Chasing the Moon, the companion volume to the PBS American Experience documentary series about the Space Race directed by Academy Award nominated director Robert Stone. A publishing veteran, he is a frequent collaborative writer for works of history, business, and psychology.
Armand D’Angour is a British classical scholar and classical musician. He is a Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Jesus College, Oxford. His research embraces a wide range of areas of ancient Greek culture; his publications deal with ancient Greek music and metre, the Greek alphabet, innovation in ancient Greece, and Latin and Greek lyric poetry. His is the author of the acclaimed study The Greeks and the New (2011). He is also conducting an international scholarly research project to reconstruct the sounds and effects of ancient Greek music.
Julia Angwin is an award-winning investigative reporter for ProPublica and the author of Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America (Random House) and Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance (Times Books). She previously wrote for The Wall Street Journal, where she led a team of journalists that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2011 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010 and was on of a team of reporters awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for their coverage of corporate corruption.
Carl Sferrazza Anthony is a writer, screenwriter, and journalist, an expert on Presidents and their families, the former historian of the National First Ladies’ Library, and the author of over a dozen works of history and biography.
Appy is professor of history, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is best known for his books on the Vietnam War: a social history of American combat soldiers; a wide-ranging oral history from multiple perspectives (including accounts of Vietnamese and Americans combatants, policymakers, antiwar activists, journalists, etc.); and a history of the war’s impact on American national identity, culture, and foreign policy from the 1950s through the Obama administration.
Author of the nationally-syndicated column "Ask a Mexican," Arellano is the editor of the OC Weekly. He has contributed to NPR’s Marketplace and The Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on The Today Show, Chelsea Lately, and The Colbert Report. He lectures widely and is represented by Verbatim.
Ray Arsenault is professor emeritus of history at the University of South Florida. He is author of several books including Freedom Riders (Oxford), The Sound of Freedom: Marion Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial and the Concert that Awakened America (Bloomsbury), Arthur Ashe: The Life and Times of an American Original (Simon & Schuster) and a forthcoming biography of John Lewis for Yale.
The first digital-only magazine to win a National Magazine Award for feature writing, The Atavist Magazine produces one blockbuster nonfiction story a month and has been nominated for eight National Magazine Awards and an Emmy for News and Documentary.
Chris Babits is an Andrew W. Mellon Engaged Scholar Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned his Ph.D. in History in 2019. His book, titled To Cure a Sinful Nation: A History of Conversion Therapy in the United States, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press.
John Bainbridge Jr. is an attorney, freelance writer, and former newspaper reporter and coauthor of American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman and the Shoot-out That Stopped It (Simon & Schuster 2005).
Daniel Barbarisi is the author of the critically acclaimed Dueling with Kings. A veteran sports and news journalist, he has written for the Boston Globe, Providence Journal and The Wall Street Journal and is a Senior Editor at The Athletic. Gay Talese has called him “one of the best young talents working in sports journalism today.”
Bruce Barcott is a four-time author, an environmental journalist, and a contributing editor at Outside magazine. His articles have been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Mother Jones, Sports Illustrated, Harper’s Magazine, and others. His most recent book is Weed the People: A Journey Into America’s Legalized Future (Times Books).
Ross Barnett is a palaeontologist with a PhD in Zoology from the University of Oxford. He specialises in seeking, analysing and interpreting ancient DNA, but his area of expertise is the genetics and phylogeny of cats, especially extinct sabretooths. Barnett's research has led to many remarkable findings in recent years and involved investigating escaped lynx in Edwardian Devon, rubbishing claims that the yeti is an ice-age polar bear and seeking the ancestral home of the enigmatic Orkney vole. In 2018, he received the Palaeontological Association's Gertrude Elles Award for Public Engagement. Ross lives in the Highlands of Scotland with his wife and two daughters.
A former Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), Barofsky is a Senior Fellow at NYU’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law and a partner in the Litigation Department of national law firm Jenner & Block LLP. His book Bailout was a New York Times Bestseller.
An author, journalist, and broadcaster, David Baron is a former science correspondent for NPR whose work has been honored by the National Academy of Sciences and American Association for the Advancement of Science. His first book, The Beast in the Garden, won the Colorado Book Award, and his second, American Eclipse, received the American Institute of Physics book prize. David’s wildly popular TED Talk has been viewed more than two million times.
Dan Barry is a longtime columnist and reporter for The New York Times and the author of four books, including The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland. In addition to sharing a Pulitzer Prize with former colleagues at The Providence Journal, Dan has received, among countless other accolades, a George Polk Award; an American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for deadline reporting (for his coverage of the first anniversary of Sept. 11); a Mike Berger Award for in-depth human interest reporting; and thePEN/ESPN Literary Award for Sports Writing.
Alice Baumgartner is an assistant professor of history at the University of Southern California, where she teaches courses on 19th century North America. She received a Ph.D. in History from Yale University and an M.Phil in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford. Her first book, South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to Civil War, published in 2020, was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.
Meaghan Beatley is an award-winning French & US journalist specialized in gender violence and feminism. She has worked from the US, France, Spain, Senegal, Mexico, Argentina and Chile, breaking stories for outlets including TIME Magazine, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy and Bloomberg Tax on subjects including politics, feminism, migration and fiscal policy. In June 2022, her narrative longread for The Guardian “Hunting the men who kill women: Mexico’s femicide detective” won a One World Media award for best feature article of the year. You can check out some of her stories here.
Amanda Becker is the Washington correspondent for The 19th and has previously worked at Reuters and CQ Roll Call. Her work has appeared in publications including the Washington Post, the New Republic, and Glamour, and her political coverage has been broadcast on NPR.
Lucía Benavides is an Argentine-American writer and journalist based in Barcelona, Spain. Born in Buenos Aires, she was raised in Austin, TX from a young age and is bilingual in English and Spanish. From 2017 to 2021, she served as the Spain correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) and from 2021 to 2022, she was the Southern European correspondent for the public radio program The World. Her personal essays have been published in Literary Hub, LA Review of Books and The Washington Post's The Lily.
Ruha Benjamin is a Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, founder of the IDA B. WELLS Just Data Lab, editor of Captivating Technology (Duke), and author of People’s Science (Stanford) and the award-winning Race After Technology (Polity). She writes, teaches, and speaks widely about the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine, and the relationship between knowledge and power, race and citizenship, health and justice.
Joshua Bennett is a poet, spoken word performer, and Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth. His first collection of poetry, The Sobbing School (Penguin Books, 2016), was the winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series; his second collection, Owed (Penguin), and book of essays of literary criticism, Being Property Once Myself (Harvard University Press), were published in 2020.
Matthew H. Birkhold is an associate professor of law and German at the Ohio State University whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Foreign Affairs, and The Washington Post. He is the author of Characters before Copyright and is currently at work on a book about the ownership of icebergs.
Zac Bissonnette has written for The Boston Globe Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He’s appeared on CNN, The Today Show, and MSNBC, among others. His book How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents was a New York Times bestseller.
Melissa Estes Blair is a historian of women and politics in the 20th-century United States, and an associate professor of history at Auburn University. Her first book was Revolutionizing Expectations: Women’s Organizations, Feminism, and American Politics 1965-1980.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Blight is director of the Gilder Lehrman Institute on American History of professor of American History at Yale. He has also won the Bancroft Prize, the Frederick Douglass Prize and the Lincoln Prize. His biography Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom won the Pulitzer Prize for History, the Lukas Prize, Plutarch Biography Prize, the Parkman Prize, and it was named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times and also appeared on Barack Obama’s list of favorites for 2018. A documentary film based on the book was nominated for an Emmy Award, and feature length film about Douglass is under option to Higher Ground. He’s writing a biography of James WeldonJ ohnson for Simon & Schuster.
Laura Bliss is a reporter at Bloomberg CityLab, where she advances the national conversation on the politics and policies that shape cities. Her writing and reporting have appeared in places like the New York Times, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Pacific Standard, Los Angeles Review of Books,Sierra, and beyond.
Stephen Bloom is a veteran reporter and journalist whose essays have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Esquire, Time, Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, London Guardian, DoubleTake, CJR, Salon, and Narratively. He has worked as a reporter for the Latin America Daily Post, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, and Sacramento Bee and teaches narrative writing at the University of Iowa, where he is a professor of journalism. He is the author of five books: Postville, Inside the Writer’s Mind, The Oxford Project, Tears of Mermaids, and The Audacity of Inez Burns.
The New York Times’s Visual Op-Ed Columnist, Blow was previously the paper’s Graphics Director and Design Director for News. In those roles he led the Times to numerous design awards. His Op-Ed column appears twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press, where he covered a range of beats that included politics and legal affairs.
Alex Boersma is a hugely talented illustrator and artist who did illustrations for Spying on Whales and who works with Stanford University, the American Museum of Natural History, and Duke University Marine Lab, and has done editorial illustrations for Emergence magazine and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Patricia Bosworth is the New York Times-bestselling author of four biographies and two memoirs: Montgomery Clift (Harcourt Brace, 1978); Diane Arbus (Knopf, 1984); Marlon Brando (Viking, 2001); Jane Fonda (HMH, 2011); Anything Your Little Heart Desires (S&S, 1997); and The Men in My Life (HarperCollins, 2017). As a journalist, she has contributed regularly to Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and The Nation, among other publications.
Dan Bouk is an award winning historian who is Associate Professor of History and University Studies at Colgate University, a core member of the Max Planck Institute of Science’s working group on “Histories of Data”, and currently serves as a Faculty Fellow at the Date & Research Institute. His first book, How Our Days Became Numbered: Risk and the Rise of the Statistical Individual, was awarded prizes from the History of Science Society and the Society for U.S. Intellectual History.
A bartender to the Hollywood elite, for whom he set up intimate social liaisons, Bowers was the author of Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywoodand The Secret Sex Lives of the Stars. Full Service, co-authored with Lionel Friedberg, was a New York Times Bestseller and a Los Angeles Times Bestseller.
Nikolas Bowie is the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is a historian who teaches courses in federal constitutional law, state constitutional law, and local government law. His research focuses on critical legal histories of democracy in the United States. He is writing a book with Daphna Renan currently titled Supremacy: How Rule by the Court Replaced Government by the People for Liveright
Mark A. Bradley is an award-winning author and national security expert who served for years at the CIA and Department of Justice and, later, was appointed by President Obama to the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office at the National Archives.
Bradley is a Distinguished Service Professor of International History and the College, University of Chicago and is writing a book currently titled When the World Went South: The Rise of the Global South and the Making of Our Times for Yale.
Ruth Brandon was a trainee producer for the BBC, working in radio and television after reading French and Spanish at Girton College, Cambridge. But she found she preferred writing, and moved to freelance journalism, and eventually to books. Ruth is primarily a non-fiction writer, using biography to look at social and cultural history through individual lives. Ruth lives in London. She is married, with one daughter.
Critically acclaimed author Mark Braude is a former postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, where he was also a lecturer in the departments of Art History, History, and French. He
will be the Spring 2020 Visiting Fellow at the American Library in Paris and was named a 2017-2018 Public Scholar by the National Endowment for the Humanities. His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Los
Angeles Times, and The New Republic.
Seasoned journalist Keith O’Brien is author of Outside Shot: Big Dreams, Hard Times, and One County’s Quest for Basketball Greatness (St. Martin’s Press), praised by the New York Times Book Review as “a reporting tour de force and an utterly gripping account,” and co-author of Winter X Games Gold Medalist Colten Moore’s Catching the Sky (37 Ink). He has written for The Boston Globe, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Runner’s World, USA Today, and others, has been a regular correspondent on several National Public Radio shows, and is a recipient of the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism.
A journalist and entrepreneur, Brill is the creator of the widely acclaimed magazine Brill’s Content. He’s written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper’s, and TIME and his March 2013 TIME cover story, "Bitter Pill," marked the first time That the magazine dedicated an entire issue to a single article.
The co-founder of Hope for the Sold, an abolitionist charity dedicated to the eradication of human trafficking and exploitation, Jared Brock speaks regularly at universities and churches throughout the United States and Canada. He is the author of A Year of Living Prayerfully and his writing has also appeared in Esquire, the Huffington Post, TODAY.com, and Writer’s Digest.