Alan Brinkley is Provost and Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University

Clayborne Carson is Professor of History and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University

George Chauncey is Professor of History, Yale University

Catherine Clinton is Professor of US History, Queen’s University Belfast

Kevin Gaines, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and History, and the Director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Adam Green, Associate Professor of American History, University of Chicago

Nelson Lichtenstein, Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and one of America’s foremost labor historians

Barbara Smith, author and independent scholar

William Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor and Director of the Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program at Harvard University