Ray Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. A graduate of Princeton and Brandeis Universities, he has also taught at the University of Minnesota, Brandeis University, the University of Chicago, and as a Fulbright Lecturer at the Universite d’Angers, in France. One of the nation’s leading civil rights historians, he is the author of several acclaimed and prize-winning books including Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice; The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America; and Arthur Ashe, A Life. The 2011 PBS American Experience documentary “Freedom Riders,” based on his book, won three Emmys and a George Peabody Award. His most recent book, Arthur Ashe, A Life, was named an Editor’s Choice and one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018, and one of the best books of the year by The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, National Public Radio, and President Barack Obama, and was awarded the 2019 Harry T. and Harriet Moore Prize by the Florida Historical Society.
Erik Baker is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History of Science at Harvard. His research focuses on the intellectual history of U.S. capitalism in the twentieth century. In his dissertation, he uses the history of the concept of “entrepreneurship” to explore the relationship between ideas about scientific knowledge and work in the development of twentieth century U.S. politics and the emergence of neoliberalism. He is also interested in the ways that the history of the social sciences, and their relationship to political conservatism, continue to exert an influence on contemporary practitioners in fields including science studies.
Jason Fitzgerald studies U.S. cultural development from the postwar period to the present, with a particular interest in the ideological foundations of theatrical form. His current book project, “Theatre at the End of Humanism,” maps how avant-garde theater artists in the late 1960s grappled with their inheritance from the left-wing counterculture, transforming their practices and laying the groundwork for later innovations. Jason holds a Ph.D. in theater from Columbia University’s Department of English and Comparative Literature, and an MFA in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from Yale School of Drama. His essay “Ratifying the Myth of Eden: The Open Theater’s Critique of Humanism” appears in the Winter 2018 edition of Modern Drama. His work has been published in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Modern Drama, PAJ, Public Books, Politics/Letters, The Huffington Post, Theater, The Village Voice, Back Stage, and The New Haven Independent.
Katherine McClain Fleming
Katherine McClain Fleming, a 2019 Princeton graduate, is a Project 55 Fellow at the legal aid nonprofit Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. She serves as program coordinator and paralegal for the Child Representative and Guardian Ad Litem for Minors programs. At Princeton she concentrated in history and received a certificate in gender and sexuality studies, and wrote her senior thesis on Our Bodies, Ourselves, advised by Regina Kunzel. She plans to pursue public interest law at the intersection of gender, race, poverty, and health.
Meredith Gaglio is a visiting assistant professor of art history at Swarthmore College and recently received a Ph.D. in architecture from Columbia University. Her research considers the appropriate technology movement in the United States during the 1970s, concentrating on the ways in which countercultural designers, scientists, and activists navigated governmental and corporate bureaucracies to create sustainable ecological, social, and economic policies in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis. Meredith co-edited Whole Earth Field Guide (MIT Press, 2016) with Caroline Maniaque, and her essay, “Countercultural Bureaucracy: The California Office of Appropriate Technology” will appear in the forthcoming volume Design Radicals: Spaces of Bay Area Counterculture.
Sharon Haar , FAIA is professor in the architecture program at Taubman College, University of Michigan. Her current research investigates the role of entrepreneurship, design innovation, and globalization in the transformation of architectural practices devoted to social activism. Her publications include: ;The City as Campus: Urbanism and Higher Education in Chicago and Schools for Cities: Urban Strategies. Her articles and book reviews appear in journals including: Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Architect’s Newspaper, and Architectural Design. Her book chapters appear in: The Urban Ecologies Reader, Embodied Utopias, Shanghai Transforming, and On Location: Heritage Cities and Sites. She has presented her research across the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Europe, and is the recipient of grants from institutions including the Graham Foundation, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Fannie Mae Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and American Architecture Foundation.
Andrew Green Hannon is a graduate of Yale’s American studies program. His research focuses on political actors and the performance of power in the American counterculture and the New Left. His articles include “Hippie is a Transnational Identity: Australian and American Countercultures and the London OZ” published in the Australasian Journal of American Studies, and “The Theater of Revolution Transforms Spectators into Political Actors: Performance as Political Engagement in the Transnational Counterculture” forthcoming from the European Journal of American Studies. He lectures at Massachusetts Boston.
Matthew Hedstrom is associate professor of religious studies and American studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Pres, 2013) which won the 2013 Brewer Prize from the American Society for Church History. His broad intellectual interests are in American Protestantism and post-Protestantism, spirituality and secularism, and religious and political cosmopolitanism. Supported by a 2019-2020 ACLS Fellowship, he is currently writing “The Religion of Humanity: Spiritual Cosmopolitanism and the United Nations,” a book about the religious struggles over, and religious meanings made of, the United Nations and the idea of “one world” in the 20th-century United States.
Marci Kwon’s research and teaching interests include the intersection of fine art and vernacular practice, theories of modernism, cultural exchange between Asia and the Americas, “folk” and “self-taught” art, and issues of race and objecthood. Her current book project, “Enchantments: The Art of Joseph Cornell,” explores the valences of Cornell’s protean artistic practice, showing how his use of montage, scale, performance and ephemerality allowed his work to transcend modest material origins. She received the University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Zuckerman Prize, awarded to the best dissertation in American art/culture and history, and her research has been supported by grants from the ACLS/Luce Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Mellon Foundation, and the Hellman Fellows Fund.
Sam Lebovic is a historian of modern U.S. history, especially the histories of media, political culture, and global relations. He is the author of Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America(Harvard University Press, 2016) and articles in Diplomatic History, The Journal of Social History, The Journal of American Studies, The Columbia Journalism Review, The LA Review of Books and other places. He teaches at George Mason University, where he serves as associate editor of the Journal of Social History. His current research focuses on the history of cultural globalization.
Heidi Morefield completed her Ph.D. in the history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University this year. Her dissertation work focused on the history of technological approaches to global health and foreign aid. Starting this fall, she’ll be a postdoctoral research associate in the Global Health Program of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson school. She has a new article out in Diplomatic History, titled “More with Less: Commerce, Technology, and International Health at USAID, 1961-1981.” She has also published in The Washington Post and Circulating Now.
Kevin Rose is a doctoral candidate in religious studies at the University of Virginia. His research in American religious history centers on the intersection of religion, capitalism, and environmentalism in the second half of the twentieth century. His work has appeared at the American Academy of Religion and in Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation and the Department of Religious Studies podcast, Sacred & Profane. His dissertation, “Living Green: The Neoliberal Climate of Protestant Environmentalism” traces the rise of Protestant environmentalism in the 1970s, focusing on the concept of “Christian lifestyle” and how its circulation reflects the influence of neoliberal conceptions of political and religious action. In other arenas, his work has focused on a variety of related topics, from the phenomenon of “globally-responsible diets” popularized by a 1976 Mennonite cookbook to the story of a back-to-the-land Hare Krishna commune recently enriched by fracking royalties.
Nicole Sackley is associate professor of history and American studies at the University of Richmond. Her research focuses on the history of development and U.S. non-state institutions and experts as transnational actors. She has published in Agricultural History, Diplomatic History, History & Technology, Journal of Global History, and Modern Intellectual History and has received grants from the Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and Truman Presidential Library. Sackley is currently at work on two projects: “Coop Capitalism,” a monograph about American cooperatives and global development, and “Mapping the Foundations,” a digital project spatializing all international grants given by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations during the Cold War.
Mark Tushnet is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is the co-author of four casebooks, including the most widely used casebook on constitutional law, has written numerous books, including a two-volume work on the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall and, most recently, Advanced Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law, In the Balance: The Roberts Court and the Future of Constitutional Law, Why the Constitution Matters, and Weak Courts, Strong Rights: Judicial Review and Social Welfare Rights in Comparative Perspective, and has edited several others. He was president of the Association of American Law Schools in 2003. In 2002 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.