Jack Bass, a historian and former journalist, is author or co-author of eight books related to the American South. The most recent is The Palmetto State: The Making of Modern South Carolina. Others include Taming the Storm, winner of the 1994 Robert Kennedy Book Award, two biographies of Strom Thurmond, The Orangeburg Massacre, The Transformation of Southern Politics (with Walter De Vries), and Unlikely Heroes. Bass was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and received his PhD from Emory.
Jennifer E. Brooks is Associate Professor of History at Auburn University. Her publications include Defining the Peace: World War II Veterans, Race, and the Remaking of Southern Political Tradition (UNC Press, 2004) and articles in the Journal of Southern History and Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas. She hails from East Tennessee.
Tammy L. Brown is Assistant Professor of Black World Studies and History at Miami University of Ohio. Currently a postdoctoral fellow in the UNC Department of American Studies, she is a creative writer, visual artist, historian, and cultural critic, whose historical research informs her creative work. Her book, City of Islands: West Indian Immigrants in New York, is forthcoming from UNC Press.
Walter De Vries received a PhD in Social Psychology and Political Science from Michigan State University and is author of The Ticket-Splitter, The Transformation of Southern Politics (with Jack Bass), and Checked and Balanced: How Ticket-Splitters are Shaping the New Balance of Power in American Politics. He was Director of Research and Strategy for Romney for Governor (1962, 1964, and 1966) and Romney for President (1967). As Director of the N.C. Institute of Political Leadership, he trained over 700 IOPL Fellows.
Ferrel Guillory is Professor of the Practice of Journalism in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is director of the UNC Program on Public Life and a senior fellow at MDC Inc., a nonprofit applied research firm in Durham, North Carolina.
Seth M. Kotch is Digital Humanities Coordinator at the Southern Oral History Program. He holds a PhD in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Seth C. McKee is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Chair of the Department of History and Politics at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He is a scholar of American Politics with research expertise on party system change in the southern United States.
Dwana Waugh earned a PhD in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is writing a book based on her dissertation, examining how memories of segregated black schoolhouses and the process of school desegregation reveal the dynamics of race and power in the American South.
Stephen J. Whitfield holds the Max Richter Chair in American Civilization at Brandeis University. A graduate of Tulane University, he is the author of eight books, including most recently The Culture of the Cold War and In Search of American Jewish Culture, and is the editor, most recently, of A Companion to Twentieth-Century America. [End Page 126]