David S. Meyer is professor of sociology and political science at the University of California, Irvine. He’s written extensively on social movements and social change, and is author or editor of ten books, most recently (with Sidney Tarrow), The Resistance: The Dawn of the Anti-Trump Opposition Movement, and How Social Movements (Sometimes) Matter. The 2017 recipient of the John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior, he holds a PhD in political science from Boston University, and an undergraduate degree in literature from Hampshire College.
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello calls Evan Greer “a heck of a guitar player,” but she’s better known as an activist and writer. As the spokesperson for viral digital rights group Fight for the Future, she’s been on the frontlines of some of the most notable grassroots victories of the last decade, from defending net neutrality to keeping facial recognition surveillance out of music festivals. Evan is a frequent guest on TV and radio and writes regularly for outlets like the Guardian, Washington Post, NBC News and Buzzfeed. Follow her on Twitter @evan_greer.
Sam Tanenhaus is the U.S. Writer at Large for the British monthly, Prospect. He was previously on the staff at the New York Times, where he was editor (in chief) of both the Sunday Book Review and the Week in Review and then Writer at Large. Before joining the Times he was a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, writing feature articles on politics and culture. His books include Whittaker Chambers: A Biography and The Death of Conservatism. His articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, New Republic, Atlantic, Esquire, Newsweek, Slate, Time, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and many other publications.
Gregory McCormick is the Manager of Cultural and Literary Programming at Toronto Public Library, the largest urban library system in the world. After finishing a master’s degree in literature from Université de Montréal, he served for six years as Director of Programming for Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. Originally from the USA, he has lived in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Grenoble and Buenos Aires. He divides his time between Toronto and Montreal.
Joanna Ebenstein is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer, curator, photographer and graphic designer. She is the creator of the Morbid Anatomy blog, library and event series, and was co-founder (with Tracy Hurley Martin) and creative director of the recently shuttered Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn. Her books include Anatomica: The Exquisite and Unsettling Art of Human Anatomy, Death: A Graveside Companion, The Anatomical Venus and The Morbid Anatomy Anthology (with Colin Dickey). Her work explores the intersections of art and medicine, death and culture, and the objective and subjective.
David Boyd is Assistant Professor of Japanese at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has translated novels and stories by Hiroko Oyamada, Masatsugu Ono and Toh EnJoe, among others. His translation of Hideo Furukawa’s Slow Boat (Pushkin Press, 2017) won the 2017/2018 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. With Sam Bett, he is currently co-translating the novels of Mieko Kawakami for Europa Editions.
Marc Levinson’s seven books include The Box, a modern classic that explores how a seemingly mundane innovation, the steel shipping container, made globalization possible, and An Extraordinary Time, which examines how the end of the post-war boom around 1973 led to an era of anxiety, uncertainty, and political extremism that is still with us today. He was formerly finance and economics editor of The Economist in London, developed environmental and social investment research for a New York bank and served as a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Washington, DC.
Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at The New Yorker, an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of The Snakehead and Chatter. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Slate, New York, and The New York Review of Books. He is a frequent commentator on NPR, the BBC and MSNBC. He received the 2014 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, for his story A Loaded Gun, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Reporting (2015 and 2016) and is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Meg Wolitzer is New York Times bestselling author of The Interestings, The Ten-Year Nap, The Wife and other books. Her latest novel, The Female Persuasion, was named to various Notable and Best Books of 2018 lists, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, People, Glamour and Kirkus Reviews. She was the guest editor of The Best American Short Stories 2017, and has also published books for young readers, including, most recently, To Night Owl from Dogfish, co-written with Holly Goldberg Sloan. The critically-acclaimed film based on her novel The Wife starred Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce.