Merle Curti Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. An editor of Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (1971), he also co-authored SALEM POSSESSED: THE SOCIAL ORIGINS OF WITCHCRAFT (1974), for which, with Stephen Nissenbaum, he received the John H. Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association. His other works include Urban MASSES AND MORAL ORDER IN AMERICA, 1820-1920 (1978), BY THE BOMB'S EARLY LIGHT: AMERICAN THOUGHT AND CULTURE AT THE DAWN OF THE ATOMIC AGE (1985), WHEN TIME SHALL BE NO MORE: PROPHECY BELIEF IN MODERN AMERICAN CULTURE (1992), and PROMISES TO KEEP: THE UNITED STATES SINCE WORLD WAR II, 2e. (1999). He is also editor-in-chief of the OXFORD COMPANION TO UNITED STATES HISTORY (2000). His articles and essays have appeared in the American Quarterly, The New Republic, and other journals. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Northwestern University, and the College of William and Mary.
Clifford E. Clark, Jr. (PhD, Harvard University) is M. A. and A.D. Hulings Professor of American Studies and professor of history at Carleton College, where he has served as both Chair of the History Department and Director of the American Studies program. Dr. Clark is the author of Henry Ward Beecher: Spokesman for a Middle-Class America (1978), The American Family Home, 1800-1960 (1986), The Intellectual and Cultural History of Anglo-America since 1789 in the General History of the Americas, and, with Carol Zellie, Northfield: The History and Architecture of a Community (1997). He has edited and contributed to Minnesota in a Century of Change: The State and Its People since 1900 (1989). A past member of the Council of the American Studies Association, Dr. Clark is active in material culture studies and historic preservation, and he serves on the Northfield, Minnesota, Historical Preservation Commission.
Joseph F. Kett (PhD, Harvard University) is Commonwealth Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His works include THE FORMATION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL PROFESSION: THE ROLE OF INSTITUTIONS, 1780-1860 (1968), RITES OF PASSAGE: ADOLESCENCE IN AMERICA, 1790-PRESENT (1977), THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE UNDER DIFFICULTIES: FROM SELF-IMPROVEMENT TO ADULT EDUCATION IN AMERICA, 1750-1990 (1994), and THE NEW DICTIONARY OF CULTURAL LITERACY (2002), of which he is a co-author. A former History Department chair at Virginia, he has participated on the Panel on Youth of the President's Science Advisory Committee and served on the Board of Editors of the History of Education Quarterly.
Neal Salisbury (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles) is a professor of History at Smith College. He is the author of MANITOU AND PROVIDENCE: INDIANS, EUROPEANS, AND THE MAKING OF NEW ENGLAND, 1500-1643 (1982), editor of THE SOVEREIGNTY AND GOODNESS OF GOD, by Mary Rowlandson (1997), co-editor, with Philip J. Deloria, of THE COMPANION TO AMERICAN INDIAN History (2002), and co-author of THE PEOPLE: A HISTORY OF NATIVE AMERICA (published by Houghton Mifflin). In addition, Dr. Salisbury has contributed numerous articles to journals and edited collections. Formerly Chair of the History Department at Smith, he is active in the fields of colonial and Native American history, has served as president of the American Society for Ethnohistory, and co-edits (with Fred Hoxie) a book series, CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY.
Harvard Sitkoff (PhD, Columbia University) is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of A New Deal for Blacks (1978), The Struggle for Black Equality, 1954-1992 (1992), and Postwar America: A Student Companion (2000); co-author of the National Park Service's Racial Desegregation in Public Education in the United States (2000) and The World War II Homefront (2003); and editor of Fifty Years Later: The New Deal Reevaluated (1984), A History of Our Time, 6/e (2002), and Perspectives on Modern America: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century (2001). Dr. Sitkoff's articles have appeared in American Quarterly, Journal of American History, and Journal of Southern History, among others. A frequent lecturer at universities abroad, he has been awarded the Fulbright Commission's John Adams Professorship of American Civilization in the Netherlands and the Mary Ball Washington Professorship of American History in Ireland.