Emily Dufton: Emily Dufton holds a PhD in American Studies from George Washington University. She is the author of Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America and serves as the media officer for the Alcohol and Drugs History Society. She is currently working on her next book, a history of how the federal government has handled, and funded, the development of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. Email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @emily_dufton
Bob Beach: Bob Beach is a cultural historian interested in the culture of marijuana in the period before the 1960s in the United States. He’s written on marijuana history and folklore, drug war activism, and recently, marijuana legalization in New York. He is a doctoral candidate in the history department at the University at Albany, SUNY. While writing for Points and finishing the degree, he adjuncts at Utica College and Herkimer College in the Mohawk Valley, teaching the US survey, and occasionally courses in Drug/Alcohol history and Sports history. In his spare time, he is an improv actor, standup comedian, and sketch writer at the Uptown Theater for Creative Arts in Utica, NY. He is an aspiring podcaster and YouTuber, hoping to find an interesting way to blend comedy and history for a popular audience. Follow Bob on Twitter: @Bob_Beach1
David Guba: David A. Guba, Jr. received his doctorate in European history from Temple University in 2018 and currently is a faculty member in the history department at Bard Early College Baltimore, where he teaches courses on world history, race and colonialism, and the interconnected pasts of drugs and imperialism in the West. He has a monograph entitled Taming Cannabis; Drugs and Empire in 19th Century France, forthcoming in spring 2020 on McGill-Queen’s University Press. The book examines the largely untold story of France’s first foray into medical marijuana during the 1800s and the ways in which France’s imperial ventures in North Africa shaped French perceptions of the drug both then and now. Guba’s other publications can be found at https://temple.academia.edu/DJGuba, and he can be reached at email@example.com.
Brooks Hudson: Brooks is a PhD student studying American history at Southern Illinois University, specializing in the transformation of law, culture, and medicine from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression. His dissertation traces the evolution of America’s first opiate crisis and the reaction to it. It highlights how this period was pivotal in solidifying a criminal justice approach regarding narcotic use, and, more importantly, the ways it expanded law enforcement’s ability to surveil and police personal behavior. He received his B.A. from Murray State University, winning the Beasley Award for outstanding undergraduate. He completed his M.A. at MSU in 2017. His M.A. thesis examined cultural mythologies of the Gilded Age. Email Brooks at Austbrook.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan Mylet: Jordan Mylet is a doctoral candidate in 20th Century U.S. History at University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation examines the emergence of grassroots addiction recovery communes in post-World War II United States, and centers the political activism of self-identified ex-addicts in the national struggles over the possibilities and boundaries of participatory democracy in the long 1960s. She has a B.A. in History from New York University, and was on the 2018-2019 Editorial Team of the digital journal, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. Her email is email@example.com.
Stefano Tijerina: Stefano Tijerina teaches in the areas of international business, comparative business, and ethics at the University of Maine’s Maine Business School. Prior to his academic career he worked in the areas of international banking and non-profit management. He received his B.A. in Comparative Politics from Clark University, a Graduate Certificate in International Relations from Universidad de los Andes, and his M.P.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Maine. His current research centers on the business dynamics of the Western Hemisphere from a historical perspective, including the dynamics of informal markets.
Joe Spillane (Points Founder): Joe Spillane is Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida, where he is also an affiliate of the Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law. He has published Cocaine: From Medical Marvel to Modern Menace in the United States (Johns Hopkins Press, 2000) and co-edited Federal Drug Control: The Evolution of Policy and Practice (Haworth Press, 2004). His current drug-related research agenda includes: the history and development of drug abuse liability assessment; addiction, trauma, and Vietnam veterans; and reflections on the nature of drug epidemics.
Trysh Travis (Points Founder): A 20th-century literary and cultural historian, Trysh Travis teaches in the Center for Women’s Studies & Gender Research at the University of Florida. She has published on the gender and power of addiction and recovery, spirituality, and bibliotherapy in a variety of scholarly and popular venues. Her book The Language of the Heart: a Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey appeared in 2009. The anthology Rethinking Therapeutic Culture, which she co-edited with Timothy Aubry, has just been published by University of Chicago Press.