Jonathan Bergman, Assistant Professor of Modern American History at Texas A&M University–Commerce, was born and raised on Long Island where he practiced law before embarking on a career in academe. He is working on a book on the disaster relief operations of the Hurricane of 1938.
Frances Campani is an architect and partner at Campani and Schwarting Architects, Port Jefferson. She holds a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University and has been a practicing architect since 1985. Ms. Campani is also an Associate Professor of Architecture at NYIT and a painter whose work has been exhibited in the United States and in France.
Howard Gimple is a senior writer for the Office of Communications at Stony Brook University. He teaches a course there about the political implications of rock music and is the author of three mystery novels that take place on Long Island, Deadly Refuge, Tiebreak and Death & Tennis.
Barbara Kelly is retired from Hofstra University where she chaired the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, & Public Relations. Dr. Kelly served as Curator of Hofstra’s Long Island Studies Institute, and is the author of Expanding the American Dream, (1993) as well as many articles on Long Island’s history and built environment.
Natalie Naylor, Hofstra Professor Emerita, was Director of its Long Island Studies Institute, 1985-2000. She edited several of the Institute’s books and is the author of many articles on Long Island history. Dr. Naylor is president of the Nassau County Historical Society and editor of its annual Journal.
Richard Ryan has a Masters in History from The Catholic University of America. He worked as a curator for 22 years for the Nassau County Museum system, primarily for Old Bethpage Village Restoration. He has been curator at the Walt Whitman Birthplace since 1987.
Michael Schwarting is an architect and partner at Campani and Schwarting Architects. Mr. Schwarting holds a Masters degree in Urban Design from Cornell University. He was once an associate in the office of Richard Meier Architects and has taught architecture at several universities. Presently, he is director of the graduate program in Urban and Regional Design at NYIT.
Ryan Shaffer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Stony Brook University. He has been a contributor to several popular magazines. His current academic work explores political and social movements.
John Strong, Professor Emeritus of Long Island University, has written extensively on the Indians of Long Island. Several of his articles have appeared in the Long Island History Journal. Dr. Strong has written three books on the Indians of Long Island and currently has a fourth book in press with the University of Oklahoma Press.
Marilyn Weigold is a Professor of History, University Historian, and Associate Chair of the History Department at Pace University. Dr. Weigold is the author of five books, including The Long Island Sound: Its People, Places and Environment (New York University Press: 2004) and articles for scholarly and popular publications, including the New York Times.