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Roger E. Bissell, email:, website:, is a professional musician and a writer on philosophy and psychology, specializing in aesthetics, logic and epistemology, and personality type theory. His work has appeared in a number of other publications, including Reason Papers, Objectivity, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Bulletin of the Association for Psychological Type, Vera Lex, and ART Ideas. His mock transcription of a lecture by the fictional composer Richard Halley was published in Edward W. Younkins’s 2007 compilation of essays for Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”: A Philosophical and Literary Companion, and he supervised the transcription of Nathaniel Branden’s lectures for the 2009 publication The Vision of Ayn Rand: The Basic Principles of Objectivism. He frequently performs on recording sessions and jazz engagements, and information about CDs featuring his trombone playing, singing, musical arrangements, and original compositions can be accessed at,, and

Caroline Breashears, email:, English Department, 102 Richardson Hall, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York 13617, is an associate professor of English. She has taught courses on Ayn Rand, fairy tales, and British literature. [End Page 92]

Jennifer Burns is assistant professor of history at Stanford University. The author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right (Oxford, 2012), she has published articles on Rand, libertarianism, and conservative thought in Modern Intellectual History, Reviews in American History, Journal of Policy History, and Journal of Cultural Economy. Readers may learn more about her work at

Robert L. Campbell, a professor of psychology at Clemson University, is the author of “The Rewriting of Ayn Rand’s Spoken Answers,” which appeared in this journal in 2011.

J. R. Clark, email:, holds the Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech in 1974.

Marsha Familaro Enright, email:, B.A. biology, Northwestern University, M.A. Psychology, The New School for Social Research, is an education entrepreneur, writer, and psychotherapist. Her major project is the implementation of a new and innovative higher education program through The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute, of which she is president, curriculum developer, and chief implementer through The Great Connections Seminar in Chicago and Buenos Aires. She has written for The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, The New Individualist, Montessori Leadership, and Free Voices (her articles are available at She is the editor of Ayn Rand Explained. Among her many other educational and social projects and organizations: The New Intellectual Forum (founded by her in 1987), Council Oak Montessori School, ages three to fifteen (founded by her in 1990), and Camp Indecon (curriculum developer and lead instructor from 1999 to 2007). Her interests are wide-ranging but always take a biopsychological bent.

Mimi Reisel Gladstein, email:, a professor of English and theatre arts at the University of Texas, El Paso, has been one of the most prolific writers in Rand studies. She wrote the trailblazing 1978 College English article “Ayn Rand and Feminism: An Unlikely Alliance,” which ultimately inspired the provocative 1999 volume in the Pennsylvania State University Press book series, “Re-reading the Canon,” Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand, co-edited by Gladstein and Chris Matthew Sciabarra. The series currently sports thirty-five volumes, each covering a major thinker in the Western canon, from Plato, Aristotle, and Immanuel Kant to Hannah Arendt, [End Page 93] Simone de Beauvoir, and Mary Daly. Her Rand scholarship also includes The Ayn Rand Companion (1984) and its much more comprehensive second edition The New Ayn Rand Companion (1999), each surveying the ever-growing literature on Rand—from the literary and biographical to the philosophic and cultural. She is also the author of a Twayne’s Masterwork Series book, “Atlas Shrugged”: Manifesto of the Mind (2000), and Ayn Rand (2009), part of the Continuum series on “Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers.” This is all in addition to her seminal work on John Steinbeck, which earned her the John J. and Angeline Pruis Award for Steinbeck Teacher of the Decade (1978–87) and the Burkhardt Award for Outstanding Contributions to Steinbeck Studies (1996). She was recently named to the El Paso County Historical Society Hall of Honor and the El Paso Commission for Women’s Hall of Fame.

Anne Conover Heller, email:, is the author of Ayn Rand and the World She Made. She has been the managing editor of The Antioch Review, a fiction editor of Esquire and Redbook, the features editor of LEAR’S, and the executive editor of the magazine-development group at Condé Nast Publications. Her forthcoming biography on Hannah Arendt will be published in 2015 (Amazon/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Chris Matthew Sciabarra, email:, website:, blog:, received his Ph.D. in political theory, philosophy, and methodology from New York University. He is the author of the “Dialectics and Liberty Trilogy,” which includes Marx, Hayek, and Utopia (State University of New York Press, 1995), Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995; expanded second edition, 2013), and Total Freedom: Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000). He is also co-editor, with Mimi Reisel Gladstein, of Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999) and a founding co-editor of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies.

Fred Seddon, email:, currently holds adjunct professorships at Pennsylvania State University and Duquesne University. He was president of the West Virginia Philosophical Society from 1988 to 2010 and is an associate member of the Center for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an international scholar and the author of over 150 books, articles, book reviews, and speeches, including such works as Ayn Rand, Objectivists and the History of Philosophy, An Introduction to the Philosophical [End Page 94] Works of F. S. C. Northrop, and Aristotle and Lukasiewicz on the Principle of Contradiction.

Russell S. Sobel, email:, is a visiting scholar in entrepreneurship in the School of Business Administration at The Citadel. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University in 1994. [End Page 95]

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