Harvey J. Graff is professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio. A comparative, North American and Western European social and cultural historian, he is especially interested in the history of growing up; the life course; literacy and education; cities; families, social institutions, and social policies; and historical methods. His major works include The Literacy Myth: Literacy and Social Structure in the Nineteenth-Century City (Academic Press, 1979; Transaction, 1991); The Legacies of Literacy: Continuities and Contradictions in Western Society and Culture (Indiana University Press, 1987); and Conflicting Paths: Growing Up in America (Harvard University Press, 1995). He is now completing City at the Crossroads: Dallas, the Book. He also edits the Interdisciplinary Studies in History book series for Indiana University Press.
Karen V. Hansen, associate professor of sociology at Brandeis University, is author of A Very Social Time: Crafting Community in Antebellum New England (1994) and coeditor of Families in the U. S.: Kinship and Domestic Politics (1998) and Women, Class, and the Feminist Imagination (1990). Her current work, The Reservation Frontier: Dakota Encounters with Scandinavian Homesteaders, 1900–1930, investigates the effect of U.S. Indian and immigration policies on the diverse peoples of turn-of-the-century North Dakota and the conflict they created over land and culture.
Frank Ivis is a statistical programmer. He has published widely in the field of public health, with a particular emphasis on analyzing survey data.
Cameron Macdonald is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut. Her book Shadow Mothers: Nannies, Au Pairs, and the Social Construction of Mothering is forthcoming from the University of California Press.
Jessica Warner is a scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and an associate member of the department of history at the University of Toronto. She has written several articles on the social history of alcohol in England, [End Page 615] with a particular focus on the so-called gin craze of 1720 to 1751. These include the use of time series analysis to test the effects of the three major gin acts (Warner et al., “Can Legislation Prevent Debauchery? Mother Gin and Public Health in Eighteenth-Century England,” published in the American Journal of Public Health [91: 375–84]).
Charles Wetherell is emeritus professor of history at the University of California, Riverside. [End Page 616]