Ajay Chaudry is a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute and formerly the director of its Center on Labor, Human Services and Population. From 2004 to 2006, he served as the Deputy Commissioner for Child Care and Head Start at the New York City Administration for Children Services, where he oversaw the city's early childhood development programs. He is the author of Putting Children First: How Low-wage Working Mothers Manage Child Care and many articles related to child poverty and U.S. social policy. He received an AB from Columbia University and a Masters in Public Policy and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Barbara Hochman is Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben Gurion University. She has written widely on nineteenth and twentieth-century American fiction, reading habits, interpretive conventions and book history. She is the author of The Art of Frank Norris, Storyteller (U Missouri Press, 1988); Getting at the Author: Reimagining Books and Reading in the Age of American Realism (U Mass Press, 2001); and Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Reading Revolution: Race, Literacy, Childhood, and Fiction 1851-1911"(University of Massachusetts Press, forthcoming, 2011).
Jack Lord, SOAS, London
Jack Lord is a PhD candidate in the Department of History, SOAS, University of London. His doctoral research focuses on the social and intellectual history of childhood in colonial Ghana, complemented by comparative work on childhood elsewhere in Africa. He authors the academic blog www.historyofafrica.co.uk.
Jessica Nelson is a graduate student at Purdue University. Her dissertation, titled Policy and Sentiment: Attitudes and Institutions Concerning Abandoned Children in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century France, studies the Bonnets Rouges [End Page 189] and Sainte-Anne in Dijon, assess Church, government (local and national), and upper class response to the abandonment of these children and young adults. She has been the recipient of the Harold Woodman Graduate Research Fund and the Paul and Reed Benhamou Graduate Scholarship both from the Purdue History Department. She served as the Graduate Student Representative for the SHCY Executive Committee from 2008 to 2009 and serves as the editor for the Graduate Student Column for the SHCY Newsletter. She is currently doing research for her dissertation in Dijon.
Jaime Pensado is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He is a specialist in modern Mexican history and is currently writing a book on student culture, Cold War violence, and political patronage in Mexico during the long sixties (1956-1976).
Laura Wexler is Professor of American Studies and Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Yale University, and Co-chair of the Yale Women Faculty Forum. A recent recipient of a Henry R. Luce Foundation grant for the study of Women, Religion and Globalization, she is also the former Chair of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. Her scholarship centers upon intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class with history, memory and visual culture, especially photography. Her book, Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U. S. Imperialism, won the Joan Kelley Memorial Prize of the American Historical Association. She is co-author of Pregnant Pictures, and co-editor of several volumes including Interpretation and the Holocaust and The Puritan Imagination in Nineteenth Century America, as well as the author of many essays. In Fall, 2008, she taught a lecture course on the History of Photography at Peiking University, in Beijing, China.
Michael Zuckerman teaches history at the University of Pennsylvania. He is, with Willem Koops, the co-editor of Beyond the Century of the Child: Cultural History and Developmental Psychology (2003). More recently, he has written on Philippe Ariés, on Peter Stearns' interpretation of twentieth-century American child-rearing, and on Benjamin Franklin's and Thomas Jefferson's very different educational projects. [End Page 180]