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 email@example.com 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
Michael Brownrigg: Michael is a cultural historian of early twentieth-century America. He is especially interested in emotion as an historical agent. A recent PhD from Northwestern University, Michael’s dissertation traced the formation of an antinarcotic consensus that crystallized by the late nineteenth century, showing how contemporaries mobilized disgust, shame, sympathy, and grief to construct the white male morphine addict as abject, generating demands for national interventions to secure ideals of normative masculinity as well as the socioeconomic order presided over by white men. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peder Clark: Peder Clark is a historian of modern Britain, with research interests in drugs, subcultures, health, everyday life, and visual culture. He completed his PhD in 2019 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and he is currently a Research Associate at the University of Strathclyde. His current research focuses on Ecstasy (MDMA) and ‘raving’ in Britain between 1985 and 2000. He tweets @pederclark
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
Nick Johnson: Nick Johnson is a historian and editor based in Fort Collins, Colorado. He holds a master’s degree in American history from Colorado State University, with interest and expertise in cannabis history, environmental history, and the American West. His book Grass Roots: A History of Cannabis in the American West (2017) is a history of cannabis agriculture that explores the environmental and social dynamics of the nation’s most controversial crop. He also blogs (and occasionally podcasts!) about all things cannabis on his website, Hempirical Evidence. In addition to cannabis writing, Johnson is senior associate editor of the Colorado Encyclopedia, a collaborative reference work on the Centennial State. In his free time, he enjoys drumming, exhaustive Lego sessions, and hiking and camping around Colorado. Nick can be reached at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Brady Siff: Sarah Brady Siff is visiting assistant professor at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, in affiliation with the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC). She is a historian of modern U.S. law and politics specializing in the history of drug control. The DEPC is supporting her work on two book manuscripts. “Tough on Dope: Crime and Politics in California’s Drug Wars” is a survey of local and state drug prohibition efforts from 1850 to the mid-1960s, including issues of federalism and constitutional law. “Weed Killers: Cannabis Eradication in the United States” covers the unsuccessful, century-long campaign of American marijuana prohibition with an emphasis on agricultural and environmental policy as well as law enforcement. Siff’s 2019 article “Burn, Sell, or Drive: Forfeiture in the History of Drug Law Enforcement” in the Ohio State Law Journal proposes that customary drug-related seizure and forfeiture practices in the United States are rooted in founding-era tax law.
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.