Katie Roiphe is the author of several books, including The Morning After: Sex, Fear and Feminism, Uncommon Arrangements, and In Praise of Messy Lives. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Harper's, Vogue, Esquire, Slate, and Tin House, among many other places. She has a Ph.D. in literature from Princeton University.
Ted Conover is the author of five books, most recently The Routes of Man, about roads, and Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, an account of his ten months spent working as a corrections officer at New York's Sing Sing Prison. Newjack won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001 and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His other books are Whiteout: Lost in Aspen, Coyotes: A Journey Across Borders With America's Illegal Migrants, ( and Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails With America's Hoboes. A summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College, Conover spent two years at Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate from Amherst and in 2003, a Guggenheim Fellowship. In recent years he has taught at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Oregon. He contributes to publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others.
Shimon Dotan is an award-winning filmmaker with twelve feature films to his credit. He was born in Romania and in 1959 moved to Israel where he grew up in an agricultural cooperative, served five years in the Israeli military and received his BFA at Tel Aviv University. He has taught filmmaking and film studies at Tel Aviv University, Concordia University in Montreal and The New School University in New York. Dotan is fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and a member of the Writers Guild and Directors Guild of America. He presently teaches seminars on political cinema at New York University on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Dotan is the recipient of numerous awards including the Special Jury Prize for Best World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival (Hot House); the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival (Smile of the Lamb); and, twice, the Israeli Academy Award for Best Film and Best Director (Repeat Dive, Smile Of The Lamb).
Ruth Franklin is a book critic and contributing editor at The New Republic. She has written for many publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, Bookforum, Granta, and Salmagundi, to which she contributes a regular film column. Her first book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, was a finalist for the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature. She is a 2012-2013 fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library and is also the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in biography. She is currently at work on a biography of the American writer Shirley Jackson.
Dennis Lim writes about film and popular culture for various publications including The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently Editorial Director at the Museum of the Moving Image and was formerly the film editor of The Village Voice. His work has also appeared in The Believer, The Oxford American, Blender, Spin, Espous, Indiewire, New York Daily News, The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, and the film quarterly Cinema Scope, where he is a contributing editor. A member of the National Society of Film Critics and the editor of The Village Voice Film Guide (2006), he is working on a biography of the filmmaker David Lynch for John Wiley & Sons.
Susie Linfield is the author of "The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence" (University of Chicago Press, 2010). She writes about culture and politics for a variety of publications including The Washington Post Book World, The New Republic, The Boston Review, Dissent, The Nation, Guernica, The Forward, and The New Humanist; her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Dance Ink. Linfield was formerly the arts editor of The Washington Post, the deputy editor of The Village Voice, the editor-in-chief of American Film, and a critic for the Los Angeles Times Book Review. She has taught in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program since its inception in 1995.
Susie Linfield's book "The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence" was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and for the Infinity Writing Award from the International Center of Photography.
Professor Linfield will be on leave Academic Year 2014-15
Suketu Mehta is a journalist and fiction writer. His nonfiction book "Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found" won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has won the Whiting Writers Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta's work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harpers Magazine, Time, and Condé Nast Traveler. Mehta is currentlly working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship.
Ben Ratliff is a staff critic at The New York Times, where he has been writing about jazz and pop music since 1996. He is the author of three books, including "Coltrane: The Story of a Sound" (FSG, 2007), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. His writing has appeared in Granta, Rolling Stone, Spin, The Village Voice, Slate, Lingua Franca, and other publications.
Mark Schone is an editor with NBCNews.com and the investigative unit at NBC News. Previously, he was the digital managing editor of the investigative unit at ABC News, the executive news editor at Salon.com and a senior contributing writer at SPIN magazine. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Wired, the New York Times, Outside and many other publications, and has also been featured on the radio program “This American Life” and in the books “Best American Crime Writing” and “The Encyclopedia of Country Music.” The winner of an Edgar Allan Poe award for the national non-fiction bestseller “Son of a Grifter,” he also won Emmy, duPont, Peabody, and Murrow awards with the ABC News investigative unit.
Mitchell Stephens is the author of A History of News, an extended history of journalism that has been translated into four languages and was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year." His latest book, the rise of the image the fall of the word, a historical analysis of our current communications revolution, was published by Oxford University Press. Professor Stephens is also the author of Broadcast News, the most widely used radio and television news textbook, and the co-author of Writing and Reporting the News. In recent years, he has written numerous articles on media issues and aspects of contemporary thought for publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and The Columbia Journalism Review.
Professor Stephens recently completed a trip around the world, during which he reported on globalization for the public radio program "Marketplace" and the webzine Feed and wrote essays on travel for LonelyPlanet.com. His commentaries have aired on NPR's "On the Media." Professor Stephens has been history consultant to the Newseum.
Charles Taylor has written on movies, books, popular culture and politics for a variety of publications including the New York Times, Salon.com, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Dissent, The Nation, the New Yorker, the New York Observer, Lapham's Quarterly and others. A member of the National Society of Film Critics, Taylor has contributed to several of the Society's volumes, and his work appears in Best Music Writing 2009. He has taught journalism and literature courses at the New School and the Columbia School of Journalism.
Amy Waldman is a novelist and journalist. Her first novel, The Submission (FSG, 2011) won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction; was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Debut Fiction Award; and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. She has been a national correspondent for the Atlantic and a reporter for The New York Times, where she spent five years covering New York City and three years as a chief of the New Delhi bureau. She has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the American Academy in Berlin. She has done long-form reporting on a Harlem block; India's national highways; and American terrorism trials, among other subjects.