George C. Alter is director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), research professor in the Population Studies Center, and professor of history at the University of Michigan. He was president of the Social Science History Association in 2011. His research grows out of interests in the history of the family, demography, and economic history, and recent projects have examined the effects of early life conditions on health in old age and new ways of describing fertility transitions. His publications include "The Demographic Transition and Human Capital, 1700-1870," with Gregory Clark, in The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe (2010); "Widowhood, Family Size, and Post-reproductive Mortality: A Comparative Analysis of Three Populations in Nineteenth Century Europe," with Martin Dribe and Frans van Poppel, Demography (2007); and Family and the Female Life Course: The Women of Verviers, Belgium, 1849-1880 (1988).
Emily Barman is associate professor of sociology at Boston University. Her book, Contesting Communities: The Transformation of Workplace Charity (2006), won the 2007 Association of Fundraising Professionals' Research Prize. She also has published in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Sociological Forum, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Her current book project examines the assessment of social value in the nonprofit sector and the market.
Cheryl Elman is professor of sociology and senior fellow, Institute for Life Span Development and Gerontology, at the University of Akron. Her interests include family structure, the US epidemiological transition, and the impacts of historical and current labor market restructuring on the adult life course. Her articles have appeared in Social Science History, the American Journal of Sociology, Demography, and Social Science Research.
Kathryn Feltey is associate professor of sociology at the University of Akron. Her research interests include homeless families, violence against [End Page 143] women, and gendered life experiences. She is editor of the Gender section of the journal Sociology Compass and recently edited, with T. J. Boisseau, Karen Flynn, Laura Gelfand, and Mary Triece, a special issue of the National Women's Studies Association's Journal on Gender and the Politics of Displacement (2008).
J. David Hacker is associate professor of history at Binghamton University. He has published articles on a wide variety of topics in US demographic history. His current research examines the demographic consequences of the American Civil War and the onset of fertility decline in the United States.
Daniela Jauk is an Austrian Fulbright student and doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Akron. She focuses on sociology of gender, global sociology, and qualitative research methods and completed an additional graduate certificate in multiple methods from the ARMlab at the University of Akron. Her dissertation deals with the social construction of global gender equality policy in the context of the United Nations.
Barbara Wittman is a senior lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Akron and a visiting scholar at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. Her research interests include early print culture and family structure, women's livelihood and income-generating strategies, law and gender resource allocation, disease environments, and partner violence in sub-Saharan Africa. [End Page 144]