Born in Iran and raised as a member of the Baha’i faith, Payam Zamani is the founder, chairman, and CEO of One Planet, a socially responsible hybrid tech firm that owns and operates a suite of online technology and media businesses and is an early stage investor. He is also the Founder and the Editor-in-Chief of BahaiTeachings.org.
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.
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.
Dr. Simone Ahuja is the founder of Blood Orange, an innovation and strategy consultancy and an advisor to global entrepreneurs and corporate ’intrapreneurs.’
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.
Lesley Alderman is a longtime writer, editor, and television correspondent and acclaimed author of The Book of Times: From Seconds to Centuries, a Compendium of Measures (William Morrow).
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.
Historian and book editor Devery Anderson is the author of Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement (Univ. of Miss. Press).
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.
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.
Mark Arsenault is a Boston Globe investigative reporter and a member of Globe Spotlight. He lives in Easton, Mass., with his wife, Wall Street Journal reporter Jennifer Levitz.
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.
A former editor for Travel and Leisure, Barr was also an editor and writer at Brill’s Content. Provence, 1970 was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2014.
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.
Elizabeth Beller is a writer and editor who has worked at Sotheby’s and Miramax, and whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Vogue, and Travel + Leisure.
Ruha Benjamin is an Associate 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.
A veteran journalist and author, Bennetts has been a reporter for Vanity Fair, the New York Times and Newsweek/Daily Beast. She is the author of the bestselling book The Feminine Mistake.
Dan Bilefsky is a journalist for The New York Times who has reported from cities around the world, including London, Paris, Brussels, Prague, and Istanbul. He is currently based in Montreal as a Canada correspondent for the paper.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marcus Brotherton is a New York Times bestselling author and collaborative writer known for his books with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel.
A contributor to the London Review of Books, Paris Review Daily, the New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere, Brown was recently a visiting writer at Wesleyan University. Brown specializes in writing about forgotten historical figures.
Emma Brown is a reporter on the Washington Post’s investigative team. In the summer of 2018 Brown broke the story of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She has appeared on a number of national radio and television shows, including NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend All Things Considered; CNN’s New Day and Live with Poppy Harlow; MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show and Morning Joe and Kasie DC; PBS NewsHour; NBC’s Today Show and before becoming a journalist, worked as a wilderness ranger and as a middle-school math teacher.
Kate Brown is a Professor of Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the recipient of many fellowships, including those from the John D. Guggenheim Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and her books have won many prizes, including the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize for the Best Book in International European History and their Dunning and Beveridge prizes.
Holly Brubach is a writer on culture specializing in dance and fashion. She has worked as a staff writer and editor at The New Yorker, the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic, where she won a National Magazine Award in Essays & Criticism, and her freelance work has appeared in W Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Gentlewoman, Travel & Leisure, Departures, Mirabella, O, House & Garden, Architectural Digest, and others.
Debra Bruno is a long time journalist who has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Politico, and the Atlantic. Her 2020 article on her enslaving ancestors in the Washington Post Magazine led to interviews with Eleanor Mire on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Here and Now.” Her forthcoming book, A Hudson Valley Reckoning, will expand on her groundbreaking work.
Louise Callaghan is the Middle East correspondent for the Sunday Times. She was named New Journalist of the Year in 2017, and won the Marie Colvin Award at the British Journalism Awards in 2018. The citation read, in part: 'Louise Callaghan's work fights to get to the truth of what is happening on the ground in rebel-held Syria... She bore witness to crimes governments and armed groups would rather were hidden away.' Forbes Magazine named her as one of their '30 under 30' key people in the media.
An investigative journalist and anthropologist, Carney blends narrative nonfiction with ethnography in his stories. His first book The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers and Child Traffickers received critical acclaim from Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times and won the Clarion Award for best work of nonfiction in 2012.
David L. Carroll has written nine network TV programs and the EMMY Award winning adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front for the Hallmark Hall of Fame. He is the author of 40 published books, a majority of which deal with health, self-help, and spirituality, including Five Stages of the Soul, Spiritual Parenting, and Living with Dying.
Doreen Carvajal has worked as a journalist for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times and other publications for more than 25 years, covering a myriad of topics. The Forgetting River is her first book.
Adam Chandler is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Texas Monthly, and beyond, while appearing across television, radio, and digital platforms like CBS Sunday Morning, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The History Channel’s The Food That Built America and Modern Marvels, National Geographic’s The ‘80s, NPR’s On Point, Planet Money, and Morning Shift, PRI’s The Takeaway, and more. He is the author of Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America's Fast-Food Kingdom (Flatiron Books).
Ted Chapin is the president and executive director of Rodgers and Hammerstein: An Imagem Company, the chairman of the board of directors for the American Theater Wing and a member of the Tony Administration Committee. His theater credits include Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, the CBS telecast of Twigs, starring Carol Burnett, and Neil Cuthbert’s The Soft Touch, among other shows. He has been involved with the Encores! series at City Center since its inception and sits on several arts boards. He lives in New York City.
Kim Christensen is an investigative reporter on the Los Angeles Times’ projects team. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes, at the Oregonian in 2001 and at the Orange County Register in 1996, for investigations of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and of fertility fraud at UC Irvine.