Deborah Baker is the author of The Last Englishmen; Making a Farm; In Extremis, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography; A Blue Hand; and The Convert, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in India and New York.
Scott Barretta, contributor to Voices of Mississippi, is a sociology instructor at the University of Mississippi, a writer and researcher for the Mississippi Blues Trail, a radio host, and the former editor of Living Blues. He is also an alumnus of UVa.
Cathy Barrow, author of Pie Squared, is a freelance food writer, cooking teacher, and food preservation expert. She writes the “Bring It” column for the Washington Post. Her first cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, won a prestigious IACP award in 2015 for Best Single Subject Cookbook.
David Bearinger is director of Grants and Community Programs at the Virginia Humanities.
Wes Bellamy, author of Monumental: It Was Never About a Statue, is the youngest individual ever elected to the Charlottesville City Council. Bellamy came into the national spotlight after co-leading the effort to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from city parks.
Mary Carter Bishop, author of Don’t You Ever: My Mother and Her Secret Son, is a prize-winning investigative reporter, who worked at the Roanoke Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Charlotte Observer, and other newspapers over thirty-five years.
David W. Blight, author of Frederick Douglass, is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, and has been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.
Sara Bon-Harper, executive director of James Monroe’s Highland, is an archaeologist whose questions about the past have led her throughout the Roman world and to research at Highland. Most recent findings there have transformed the understanding of Monroe’s home.
Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times Opinion pages and a political analyst for CBS News. He previously wrote for Slate, The Nation, and The American Prospect. He is based in Charlottesville, Va.
Sarah Bowen, co-author of Pressure Cooker, is associate professor of sociology at North Carolina State University. Her work focuses on food systems, local and global institutions, and inequality.
Joslyn Brenton, co-author of Pressure Cooker, is an assistant professor of sociology at Ithaca College. She teaches and conducts research about families, food, health, and inequality. Her research has been published in Social Problems, Sociology of Health & Illness, and Contexts.
Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, is a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. Seven of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Cronkite won the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism, and The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.
Charita Cole Brown, author of Defying the Verdict, earned a BA in English from Wesleyan University and an MAT in early childhood education from Towson University in Maryland. A retired educator, she is committed to helping others create strategies to defy their personally challenging verdicts.
Victoria Bruce, co-author of Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society, is the author of No Apparent Danger, Hostage Nation, and Sellout. She is the recipient of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for her film, The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt. She lives in Anne Arundel County, Md.
Prudence Bushnell, author of Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience, is an American diplomat who has held a series of leadership positions with the U.S. Department of State, including ambassador to the republics of Kenya and Guatemala. She has earned numerous awards for her leadership and diplomacy.