Since David Henkin joined the History faculty at Berkeley in 1997, he has taught and written about the sorts of subjects that rarely make it into traditional textbooks. He has offered entire courses on baseball, Broadway, consumption, time, leisure, newspapers, world cities, and urban literature, while publishing books and essays about street signs, paper money, junk mail, and intimate correspondence in the nineteenth century. But the task of integrating that kind of material into the traditional narrative of the American past has been the singular challenge of his professional life. David holds a B.A. from Yale, a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, and was awarded Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award in the Social Sciences. Beyond the Berkeley campus, David teaches classes on the Bible, plays cards, eats lots of fish and berries, roots passionately for the St. Louis Cardinals, and accumulates frequent-flyer miles at a frenetic pace. Raised in New York, where his family still lives, he makes his home with friends and community in San Francisco.
Rebecca McLennan is associate professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on America since 1607, with an emphasis on post-revolutionary US legal, cultural, political, and economic history. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and was on faculty at Harvard University prior to joining Berkeley's history department. She has published widely on law and American penal history, and is currently writing a cultural history of courts and the rule of law in the early republic. Her most recent book, The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776–1941 (Cambridge University Press), was awarded the Cromwell Book Prize, the John Phillip Reid Book Award, and the AHA's Littleton-Griswold Prize.