Robert Bullard is distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. He is often described as the father of environmental justice. Professor Bullard received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of 18 books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity.


Alice Dreger is an historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher, and a mainstream writer. An award-winning scholar and writer, Dreger’s latest major book is Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice, which argues that the pursuit of evidence is the most important ethical imperative of our time. Dreger earned her Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science from Indiana University in 1995, where her work was supported by a Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.


James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard University, and received a graduate degree in economics from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as the editor of U.S. News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for non-fiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation.


Reyhan Harmanci is an editor at First Look Media, and previous editor-in-chief at Atlas Obscura. She has also worked for BuzzFeed, Fast Company, and Modern Farmer.


Alana Newhouse is the founder and editor-in-chief of Tablet. She is a graduate of the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, Barnard College, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Abe Peck currently serves as professor emeritus in service and director of business to business communications at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Peck is a former associate and contributing editor at Rolling Stone, a former contributing editor at Satisfaction magazine and Outside, and a former reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Daily News.


Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. He is also an affiliate professor in the university’s biological sciences collegiate division and the department of public health sciences. Pollack has published widely at the interface between poverty policy and public health. His research appears in such journals as AddictionJournal of the American Medical AssociationAmerican Journal of Public HealthHealth Services ResearchPediatrics, and Social Service Review.


Thomas Tighe has served as president and chief executive officer of Direct Relief, a non-profit humanitarian medical organization, since October of 2000. Direct Relief, established in Santa Barbara, California, in 1948 and funded entirely with private support, provides medical material assistance to locally run health programs around the world and in the United States. Since Tighe’s arrival, the organization has provided cash grants of more than $40 million and furnished more than $4 billion essential medicines, equipment, and supplies to support health services for low-income people in 88 developing countries and in all 50 U.S. states, where the organization conducts the country’s largest non-profit charitable medicines program.


Lisa Wade is an associate professor of sociology at Occidental College. Her newest book, American Hookup, is about the emergence and character of the culture of sex that dominates college campuses today. Before receiving her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Lisa earned a master’s in human sexuality from New York University and a bachelor’s in philosophy from the University of California–Santa Barbara. Wade has authored over a dozen academic research articles and a textbook on the sociology of gender.


Charles Whitaker is an associate dean of journalism and a Helen Gurley Brown Professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Since joining the Medill faculty in 1993, he has taught courses in news writing, magazine writing, magazine editing, and blogging. In addition to teaching in Medill’s graduate and undergraduate programs, Whitaker teaches in Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies and the High School Journalism Institute.