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David Bacon worked at National Semiconductor for a number of years until he was fired in 1982. He is a freelance writer on labor and immigration issues, an award-winning documentary photographer, and he can be reached at dbacon@igc.org.

Ben Becker is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. He can be reached at bbecker@gc.cuny.edu.

Eileen Boris is Hull Professor and Chair, Department of Feminist Studies and Director of the Center for Research on Women and Social Justice at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her latest book is Intimate Labors: Cultures, Technologies, and the Politics of Care, co-edited with Rhacel Parreñas (2010), and she can be reached at boris@femst.ucsb.edu.

Neure Clarke works for a clothing factory and is finishing up his B.A. at the Murphy Institute/CUNY. He can be reached at neure34@hotmail.com.

Nicholas Coles teaches literature and composition at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as Field Director for the National Writing Project. He co-edited Working Classics: Poems on Industrial Life and American Working-Class Literature, and can be reached at coles@pitt.edu.

Brian R. Corbin is the Diocese of Youngstown’s executive director of Catholic Charities Services & Health Affairs and a community affiliate of the Youngstown State University Center for Working-Class Studies. He can be reached at bcorbin@cboss.com.

Jefferson Cowie is an associate professor at Cornell University, the author of Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class, and the co-author of The Long Exception: An Interpretation of the New Deal from FDR to Obama (forthcoming). For more information, please visit www.jeffersoncowie.com.

Rodolfo O. de la Garza is Eaton Professor of Administrative Law and Municipal Science in the political science department of Columbia University. He specializes in migration, U.S.-Latin American relations, and U.S. ethnic political behavior, and he can be reached at rdelagarza03@gmail.com.

Liza Featherstone is a contributing writer at the Nation and her writing on labor issues has appeared in Slate, Salon, Newsday, the New York Times, and many other publications. She is the author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart and the co-author of students Against Sweatshops. She teaches in the Union Semester program at the Murphy Institute and in NYU’s journalism school, and can be reached at lfeather@panix.com.

Mary Fell grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. She now lives in Indiana and teaches writing and literature at Indiana University-East. She can be reached at mfell@iue.edu. Steve Fraser is a historian, an editor, and a writer working on a book comparing America’s two gilded ages. He can be reached at fraser927@aol.com.

Joshua B. Freeman teaches history at Queens College, the CUNY Graduate Center, and the Murphy Institute. He is currently writing a history of the United States since World War II and can be reached at JFreeman@gc.cuny.edu.

Jennifer Gordon is a professor of law at Fordham University, where she teaches immigration and labor law. She is the author of Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights (2005) and can be reached at jgordon@law.fordham.edu.

Gerald Markowitz is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. He and David Rosner have co-authored books and articles on the history of public health, environmental health, and occupational safety and health, including Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution (2002). He can be reached at gmarkowitz@jjay.cuny.edu.

Kathy M. Newman is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. She writes about the history of how ordinary people—workers, women, racial and ethnic minorities— have helped to shape the development of the American mass media over the last one hundred years. Newman’s first book, Radio Active: Advertising and Consumer Activism, 1935-1947, was published in 2004 and she can be reached at knewman4@gmail.com.

Annelise Orleck is a professor of history, women’s and gender studies, and Jewish studies at Dartmouth College. The author and a co-editor of a number of books, she most recently co-edited The War on Poverty: A New Grassroots History (2011) and can be reached at annelise.orleck@dartmouth.edu.

Stephen Pimpare is an adjunct associate professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University and at Lehman College of the City University of New York. He is the author of A People’s History of Poverty in America, winner of the American Political Science Association’s 2009 Michael Harrington Award, and can be reached at stephenpimpare@yahoo.com.

Robert Pinksy is the poetry editor of Slate magazine and a creative writing professor at Boston University. He was U.S. Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000 and his most recent poetry collection, Gulf Music, won the 2008 Theodore Roethke Prize.

Robert Pollin is a professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He can be reached at pollin@econs.umass.edu.

Ai-jen Poo has been organizing immigrant women workers in New York since 1996. In 2000, she helped start Domestic Workers United and in April 2010, she became Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She can be reached at aijen@domesticworkers.org.

Mary Romero is Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. She is the author of Maid in the U.S.A., and co-editor of Interdisciplinary and Social Justice: Revisioning Academic Accountability (2005) and Latino/a Popular Culture (2002). She can be reached at romeromargolis@gmail.com.

David Rosner is the Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of sociomedical sciences and history at Columbia University and co-director of the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. He can be reached at dr289@mail.cumc.columbia.edu.

Robert J.S. (“Bob”) Ross is the author of Slaves to Fashion: Poverty and Abuse in the New Sweatshops (2004) and a professor of sociology at Clark University. He has been speaking out and writing about labor issues in the global and U.S. apparel industry for fifteen years, and can be reached at rjsross@clarku.edu.

Matt Witt is the director of the American Labor Education Center and coordinates TheWorkSite.org, a website that provides educational tools for more effective communications and grassroots organizing. He can be reached at mwitt@amlabor.org.

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