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Catherine Allgor, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor, University of California—Riverside, specializing in early America, political women, and public history.  Recipient of the Yale Teaching Award.  Author of Parlor Politics:  In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government.

Graham Allison , Ph.D.  Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University.  Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans, first Clinton administration.  Author of Essence of Decision:  Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis (1971, 1999)  Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy (1996), Realizing Human Rights (2000)

Stephen Aron, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, University of California—Los Angeles specializing in Western history.  Vice Chair of the Department of History.  Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer.  Author of Trading Cultures: The Worlds of Western Merchants (2001) and Worlds Together, Worlds Apart (2001).

Bernard Bailyn, Ph.D. Adams University Professor and Phillips Professor of Early American History, Emeritus, at Harvrd University, author of Debate on the Constitution, Faces of Revolution, Voyagers to the West (which won the Pulitzer Prize in History), and To Begin the World Anew past president of the American Historical Association; member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

James A. Baker III, J.D.  Secretary of State (1989-1992), Secretary of the Treasury (1985-1988, White House Chief of Staff (1992-1993), campaign manager for Presidents Ford, Reagan, and Bush.  Senior partner in the law firm of Baker Botts.  Author of The Politics of Diplomacy (1995). 

Brian Balogh,  Ph.D.  Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Virginia.  Senior Research Associate and Co-Director, American Political Development Program, The Miller Center of Public Arts.   Author of Integrating the Sixties: The Origins, Structure and Legacy of a Turbulent Decade (1996). 

Samuel H. Beer, Ph.D., Eaton Professor of the Science of Government, Emeritus at Harvard University. Author of To Make a Nation.

Ira Berlin, Ph.D.  Distinguished University Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland, specializing in history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly on Southern and Afro-American life.  Dean of Undergraduates and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.  Founder of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project.  Author of Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in Mainland North America (1998).

Michael Bernstein,  Ph.D.  Professor of History and Associate Faculty Member in the Department of Economics, University of California—San Diego.  2001 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, UCSD.  Author of A Perilous Progress: Economists and Public Purpose in Twentieth Century America (2001). 

Jeffrey Birnbaum  Washington Bureau Chief, Fortune Magazine.  Television commentator.  Author of Showdown at Gucci Gulch (1987), The Lobbyists (1992),The Power and the Money (1993), Madhouse (1997).

Kevin Boyle, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, Department of History, Ohio State University, specializing in US labor and liberalism.  John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2002-2003). Executive Board Member, New England Historical Association.  Author of Sweet Justice: A Story of Race, Rights, and Murder in Jazz-Age America.

Robert Brigham, Ph.D.  Professor of History, Shirley Ecker Boskey Chair of International Relations, Vassar College.  Author of Army of the Republic of Vietnam: A Social History of America’s Ally in Vietnam. 

Alan Brinkley, Ph.D.  Allan Nevins Professor of History, Provost, Columbia University. Published works include Voices of Protest (1982) which won the 1983 National Book Awards, The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People (1997).

W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Ph.D.  William B. Umstead Professor of History, University of North Carolina.  Author of A Socialist Utopia in the New South: The Ruskin Colonies in Tennessee and Georgia, 1894-1901 (1996), which was named Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year in 1997, and Lynching in the New South, Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930. 

Charles Calhoun,  Ph.D.  Professor of History, East Carolina University.  Author of The Human Tradition in American from the Colonial Era through Reconstruction (2002).  Reciepient of the NEH Fellowship.

Christopher Capozzola,  Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

John Cavanagh, M.A. Director of the Institute of Policy Studies.  Former economist with UNCTAD and the WHO.  Co-author of Toward a Progressive View on Outsourcing (2004)  and Alternatives to Economic Globalization..

Christopher Clark,  Ph.D.  Professor of North American History, University of Warwick, England. Chair of American Study and Student Exchange Committee.  Author of Transformations in American Society, 1770-1870.

Timothy Conlan, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, George Mason University. Consultant, Economic Policy Institute. Consultant, U. S. Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations. Visiting Scholar, Brookings Institute. Author of From New Federalism to Devolution: Twenty-Five Years of Government Reform.

Brian J. Cook,  Ph.D.  Professor of Government and International Relations, Clark University. Author of Bureaucracy and Self Government: Reconsidering the Role of Public Administration in American Politics.

P. Scott Corbett,  Ph.D.  Instructor, California State University, Northridge, Oxnard Community College.  Author of Quiet Passages: The Exchange of Civilians Between the United States and Japan during the Second World War  (1987).

Carlos Cortes,  Ph.D.  Professor Emeritus of History, University of California—Riverside, specializing in ethnic history and Latin American and Chicano history.  Author of The Children are Watching: How the Media Teach About Diversity (2000).  1992-1993 recipient of the Faculty Public Service Award, UCR..

Robert Dawidoff,  Ph.D.  John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Chair and Professor of History, Claremont Graduate University.  Specializing in intellectual and cultural history.  Getty Scholar from 1996-1997.  Author of Making History Matter (2000).

G. William Domhoff,  Ph.D.  Research professor, University of California—Santa Cruz.  Author of The Power Elite and Who Rules America.

Lynn Dumenil,  Ph.D.  Robert Glass Cleland Professor of American History, Occidental College. President of the Faculty Council.  Author of America: A Concise History, 2nd Edition with James Henretta and David Brody, as well as World War I, Citizenship and the State: Los Angeles on the Homefront.

Mickey Edwards   John Quincy Adams lecturer in legislative politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Paul Ehrlich,  Ph.D Stanford University biologist and author of The Population Bomb (1968). 

Estelle Freedman,  Ph.D.  Professor, Stanford University specializing in the history of feminism and sexuality.  Recipient of the Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award, American Historical Association, 1998.  Author of No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women (2002) and Maternal Justice: Miriam Van Waters and the Female Reform Tradition  (1996).

David Gergen, L.L.B   Public Service Professor of Public Leadership and Director of the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University.  Commentator.  Editor-at-large, U. S. News and World Report.  Advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. Author of  The Essence of Leadership:  Nixon to Clinton.  

Kent B. Germany, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor, Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. 

Gary Gerstle, Ph.D.  Professor of History, University of Maryland, specializing in 20th Century American History.  Director of the Center for Historical Studies.  Davis Center for Historical Studies Fellow at Princeton University.  Author of American Crucible (2002), the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award winner of best book on U.S. Immigration and Ethnic History. 

Lois Gibbs  Founder and executive director of the Center for Health Environment and Justice, environmental activist who began career in organizing neighbors who lived near Love Canal, later a Superfund site. 

James Gilbert, Ph.D.  Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland.  Author of Explorations of American Culture (2000).

Richard Godbeer,  Ph.D.  Professor of History, University of California—Riverside  specializing in early American religious and cultural history and gender and sexuality.  Author of The Devil's Dominion: Magic and Religion in Early New England (winner of the American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch book award for 1992), and Sexual Revolution in Early America (Johns Hopkins University Press, March 2002).

Joshua Golden, M.D.  Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine,

R. Kent Greenawalt,  LLB.  Professor, Columbia University.  Former law clerk for Supreme Court Jusice John M Harlan.  Author of  Fighting Words (1995), Private Conscience and Public Reasons (1995), Religious Conviction and Political Choice (1988), and Statutory Interpretation (1999)

Lani Guinier,  J.D.  Professor, Harvard Law School.  Author of Lift Every Voice (1998), Becoming Genlemen (1992)  The Tyranny of the Majority (1994)

Marilyn Halter,  Ph.D.  Professor, Department of History, Boston University.  Research Associate, Institute for the Study of Economic Culture Author of Shopping for Identity: The Marketing of Ethnicity (2000).  Recipient of the Distinguished William Valentine Cole Lectureship, Wheaton College, 2002.

Darrell Y. Hamamoto, Ph.D,  Professor of History, Asian American Studies program and Cultural Studies Core Faculty, University of California—Davis.  Author of Countervisions: Asian American Film Criticism (with Sandra Liu, 2000).  Recipient of California Civil Liberties Public Education Project grant for music composition Resurrection: Voices of Japanese Internment.

Joel F. Handler, J.D.  Robert C. Maxwell Professor of Law and Professor of Policy Studies, School of Policy and Social Research, University of California—Los Angeles

Christine Leigh Heyrman, Ph.D.  Professor of History, University of Delaware specializing in the social and cultural history of Early America.  Author of Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt (1997).

Akira Iriye, Ph.D.  Charles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University.  Visiting Professor of History, Waseda University, Tokyo.  Author of The Global Community:  The Role of International Organizations in the Making of the Contemporary World (2002). 

Kenneth T. Jackson,  Ph.D.  Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University.  President and Chief Executive officer of the New York Historical Society Author of Crabgrass Frontier:  The Suburbanization of the United States (1985).  2001 New York Council for the Humanities New York Scholar of the Year.  Bancroft Prize winner, 1986.

Matthew Frye Jacobson,  Ph.D.  Professor of American Studies, African American Studies, and History, Yale University.  Author of Barbarian Virtues:  The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917 (2000).  1999 Recipient of John Hope Franklin Prize and Best Book of the Year from the American Studies Association for Whiteness of a Different Color.

Gary Jacobson, Ph.D.  Professor of Political Science, University of California—San Diego. Author of The Logic of American Politics, The Politics of Congressional Elections, and The Electoral Origins of Divided Government: Competition in U. S. House Elections.

Scott James,  Ph.D.  Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California—Los Angeles.  2002 Recipient of the Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award for Parties, Presidents and the State: A Party System Perspective on Democratic Regulatory Choice, 1884-1936

Stanley N. Katz, Ph.D.  Professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Princeton University, specializing in Constitutional history, the history of technology and public policy.  President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies.  Director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.  American Historical Association:  Vice President, Research Division, (1997-2000).

Jennifer Keene,  Ph.D.  Associate Professor, University of Redlands.  2002-2003 Mellon Library of Congress Fellowship in International Studies.  Author of Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America

Samuel Kernell, Ph.D.  Professor of Political Science, University of California—San Diego.  Co-author of The Logic of American Politics

Alice Kessler-Harris, Ph.D.  R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History, Columbia University specializing in the history of labor and women’s history.  Author of In Pursuit of Equity:  Women, Men and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth Century America (2001).

J. Morgan Kousser, Ph.D.  Professor of History and Social Science, California Institute of Technology.  Author of Colorblind Injustice: Minority Voting Rights and the Undoing of the Second Reconstruction (1999).  Expert witness for 21 federal voting rights cases and a consultant in 8 others.  Winner of Ralph J. Bunche Award (2000). 

Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Ph.D.  Silver Professor of History, New York University, specializing in the Atlantic World in the 16th and 17th Centuries.  OAH Lecturer.  Author and winner of AHA Prize in Atlantic History for Indians and the English: Facing Off in Early America (2000).

Edward Lazarus, J.D.  Lecturer, University of California—Los Angeles.  Former law clerk for Justice Harry A. Blackman.  Author of Closed Chambers and The Supreme Court Considers. 

Lawrence W. Levine, Ph.D.  Professor of History and Cultural Studies, George Mason University; Margaret Byrne Professor of History Emeritus, University of California—Berkeley.  Author of The People and the President: America’s Conversation with FDR (2002).  1983 recipient of the MacArthur Prize.

James Lindsay, Ph.D.   Vice President, Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations.  Former Deputy Director and Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institution. Former Director for Global Issues and Multilateral Affairs, National Security Council.  Author of America Unbound:  TheBush Revolution in Foreign Policy (2001), Agenda for the Nation (co-editor 2003), Protecting American Homeland:  One Year Out (with others, 2003). 

Arthur Lupia, Ph.D.   Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan.  Co-author of The Democratic Dilemma:  Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know and Stealing the Initiative:  How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy

Paula D. McClain, Ph.D.  Professor of Political Science and Law, Duke University. Past vice president, American Political Science Association.  Co author of Can We All Get Along.

R. Shep Melnick, Ph.D.  Thomas P. O’Neill Professor of American Politics, Boston College. Former member of the New Hampshire legislature. Author of Taking Stock: American Government in the Twentieth Century.

Gwendolyn Mink, Ph.D.  Professor of Women’s Studies, Smith College.  Author of Hostile Environment (2000), Welfare’s End (1998).

Eric Monkkonen, Ph.D.   Professor of History and Policy Studies, University of California—Los Angeles.  Author of America Becomes Urban (1990), Murder in New York City (2001).

Alfred Moss, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, specializing in African American, US Social and Religious History.  Co-author of From Slavery to Freedom, Eight Edition (2000) and The American Negro Academy: Voice of the Talented Tenth (1981).

John Murrin, Ph.D.   Professor of History, Princeton University, specializing in war and society.  Interim Editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson 1998-1999.  William J. Carey Senior Fellow, the Erasmus Institute, Notre Dame 2001.  Co-author of Liberty, Equality, Power:  A History of the American People (2001). 

Gary Nash, Ph.D.. Professor of History, University of California—Los Angeles, specializing in colonial America. Director of the National Center for History in the Schools.  Co-chair of the National History Standards Project (1992-1996).  Recipient of the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.  Author of Remembering Philadelphia: Patronage, Power and Politics (2001) and History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past (1998).

Becky Nicolaides, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of History and Urban Studies and Planning, University of California—San Diego. Recipient of UCSD Academic Senate Committee on Research, Faculty Fellowship. Author of My Blue Heaven: Life and Politics in the Working Class Suburbs of Los Angeles, 1920-1965 (2002).

Frank Ninkovich, Ph.D.  Professor of History, St. John’s University.  Author of The United States and Imperialism (2001).

Barbara Oberg, Ph.D.  Lecturer with the rank of Professor, Department of History, Princeton Univesity. General Editor for The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 

Franklin Odo, Ph.D.  Director of the Asian Pacific American Program, Smithsonian Institution.  Editor of Documentary History of Asian Americans (2002). 

Kathy Olmsted, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor, University of California—Davis, specializing in 20th century US cultural and political history.  Author of Red Spy Queen:  Elizabeth Bentley and the Cold War at Home (2002). 

Keith Olson,  Ph.D.  Professor of History, University of Maryland.  Author of The G.I. Bill, The Veterans, and the Colleges (1974)

Peter S. Onuf,  Ph.D.  Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia.  Author of Jefferson’s Empire:  The Language of American Nationhood.  (2001.) 

Thomas J. Osborne,  Ph.D.,  Professor of History, Santa Ana College.  Author of Looking In, Looking Out: Documents on America’s Global Past (2005)

Christian F. Ostermann,  Director, Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Editor of The Cold War International History Project Bulletin.  National Security Archive Fellow.

Karen Paget,  Ph.D.  Former head of the foundation Partnership for Democracy.  Contributing editor of The American Prospect.   Co-author Running as a Woman (1994) and author of In the Name of Freedom.

Michael Parrish,  Ph.D.  Professor of History, University of California—San Diego. Author of Anxious Decades:  America in Prosperity and Depression, 1920-1941 (1994).

Thomas Patterson, Ph.D.  Bradley Professor of Government and the Press, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.  Author of We the People:  A Concise Introduction to American Politics, Out of Order ,and The American Democracy

Michael Perry, LLD. Chairman of Law, Wake Forest University.  Author of We the People:  The Fourteenth Amendment and Religion in Politics.

Stephen J. Pitti, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of History in American Studies, Yale University.  Author of Ernesto Galarza, Mexican Immigration and Farm Labor Organizing in Post-War California (2001). 

Sarah J. Purcell,  Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of History, Grinnell College. 

Jack Rakove, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, 1997 Pulitzer Prize winning author of Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution

Eric Rauchway, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, University of California—Davis, specializing in US political, cultural, and intellectual history.  Author of The Refuge of Affections:  Family and American Reform Politics, 1900-1920 (2001). 

Daniel Rodgers, Ph.D.  Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Princeton University, specializing in cultural and intellectual history.  Author of Atlantic Crossings:  Social Politics in a Progressive Age (1998).   2002 Society of American Historians Fellow.

Bruce Schulman, Ph.D.  Professor of History, Boston University.  Author of The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society and Politics (2001).  Recipient of 1996-1997 Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History Fellowship.

Robert Schulzinger, Ph.D.  Professor of History, University of Colorado, specializing in the Vietnam era and U.S. diplomacy.  Director of International Affairs Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Distinguished University Research Lecturer (1999-2000).  Author of A Time for Peace:  The Legacy of the Vietnam War.

Robert Y. Shapiro, Ph.D.  Professor of Political Science, Columbia University. Editorial board member of Political Science Quarterly.   Co-author of The Rational Public (1992) and Politicians Don’t Pander (2000).

Victor Silverman, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of History, Pomona College, specializing in the Cold War, labor, California history, and the history of gender and sexuality.  Author of Imagining Internationalism in American and British Labor.  Recipient of Horizons Foundation Film Production Grant (2000).

Kiron Skinner, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of History and Political Science, Carnegie Mellon University. Academic Director of the International Affairs Major.  Project Director of US Foreign Policy Roundtable.  Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.  Co-author of Reagan in His Own Hand.

Steven Brian Stoll, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of History, Yale University, specializing in environmental history.  Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Environment Program (1994-2002).  Author of The Fruits of Natural Advantage: Making the Industrial Countryside in California (1998.)

Alan Taylor, Ph.D.  Professor of History, University of California—Davis, specializing in early American history and the history of the American West.  2000-2001 Mellon Distinguished Scholar in Residence, American Antiquarian Society.  Author of American Colonies (2001).  2002 recipient of the UC Davis prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.  1996 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for American history for William Cooper’s Town.

Stephan Thernstrom,  Ph.D.  Winthrop Professor of History, Harvard University.  Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute.  Author of Beyond the Color Line:  New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity (2002).   

Emory M. Thomas,   Ph.D.  Mark W. Clark Distinguished Visiting Professor of History, The Citadel.  Regents Professor of History, University of Georgia. Author of Robert E. Lee: A Biography (1995) and Robert E. Lee: An Album (2000). 

Clifford Trafzer, Ph.D.  Professor of History and Director of Native American Studies,

University of California—Riverside, specializing in Native American and Western History.  Winner of Best Non-Fiction Book Award For Death Stalks the Yakama in 1997.  Author of As Long as the Grass Shall Grow and Rivers Flow (2000).

Thomas Unger,   Former First Lieutenant of the US Army National Guard, witness of Pearl Harbor attack.

Helena Wall, Ph.D.  Warren Finney Day Professor of History, Pomona College specializing in Colonial and Revolutionary America.  Director of Hart Institute for American History, Pomona College.  Author of Fierce Communion:  Family and Community in Early America.

Harry Watson, Ph.D.  Professor, Department of History at University of North Carolina. Director of the University of North Carolina Center for the Study of the American South.  Co-editor of Southern Cultures, a quarterly journal published by University of North Carolina.  Author of  Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay: Democracy and Development in Antebellum America (1998.)

Joan Waugh, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, University of California—Los Angeles, specializing in the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction.  Recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Henry E. Huntington Library, 2001-2002.  Author of Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowell (1998).

Herb Weatherwax,   Former Staff Sergeant, US. Army, witness of Pearl Harbor attack.

Elliott West, Ph.D.  Distinguished Professor of History, University of Arkansas--Fayetteville.  Times-Mirror Distinguished Fellow at the Henry E. Huntington Library, 2002-2003.  Author of The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado. (1998)

Deborah G. White, Ph.D.  Professor and Chair of the History Department, Rutgers University, specializing in African American and women’s history.  Author of Too Heavy A Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994 (1999).

Richard White, Ph.D. Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Stanford University, specializing in Western History. Member of the editorial board of the Journal of American History and the Council of the American Studies Association. Former president of the Western History Association.  Author of  Remembering Ahanagran: Storytelling in a Family’s Past (1998), winner of the Governor’s Award in 1999; The Organic Machine (1995), and The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires and Republic in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815, a finalist for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize.

William Julius Wilson, Ph.D.  Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University.  Past president of the American Sociological Association.  Author of The Declining Significance of Race (winner of the Sydney Spivack award), The Truly Disadvantaged, When Work Disappears, and The Bridge Over the Racial Divide.  

Allan M. Winkler, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of History, Miami University.  2000 Recipient of Outstanding Teacher Award, Ohio Academy of History.  Author of The Cold War (2000)

Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Ph.D.  Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History, University of Florida.  Author of Hearts of Darkness: Wellspring of a Southern Literary Tradition  (2002).  2000-2001 Southern Historical Association President.

Thomas Zeiler, Ph.D.  Department Chair and Professor of History at University of Colorado.  Specializes in U.S. Diplomacy, World War II, and the Cold War.  Fulbright Senior Fellow (1999).  Author of Defending America Abroad (2000).

Philip zelikow,  Ph.D.  White Burkett Miller Professor of History, University of Virginia.  Director, Miller Center of Public Affairs. Author of Presidential Recordings: John F. Kennedy – The Great Crises, July-October 1962 (2001).

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