Contributing Editors

Managing Editor:

Kyle BridgeKyle Bridge is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida, under the guidance of Points co-founder and past ADHS president Joseph Spillane. He studies U.S. history, centering on how 20th-century drug policy implementation affected the way people used drugs and their ideas about addiction, up to the present. Email Kyle at

Contributing Editors:

Bob Beach: Bob Beach is a Ph.D candidate in the history department of the University at Albany, SUNY, under the advisement of Dr. Richard Hamm. He is an American cultural historian who is currently researching for his dissertation on the history of cannabis during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century loosely centered in New York City. He is interested in the ways that knowledge about cannabis is produced and consumed within and across the various industrial, botanical, recreational, and policy arenas during the period before the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act. He received his M.A. in American History from Rutgers-Newark in 2009 and a B.A. in History from Utica College.

Michael Durfee: Michael Durfee received his Ph.D. in History from SUNY Buffalo in May of 2015.  His dissertation, “Crack Era Reform: A Brief History of Crack and the Rise of the Carceral State, 1985-1992” analyzes grassroots activism preceding and following the Anti-Drug Abuse Acts of 1986 and 1988 engaging the politics of respectability, media at the height of the crack panic, antagonisms between police and Bronx residents, as well as the troubling rise of Mass Incarceration in the Crack Era.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Niagara University where he lectures on postwar United States history, urban history, as well the modern War on Drugs, and the rise of Mass Incarceration.

Alexine FleckAlexine Fleck teaches English and Women’s Studies at the Community College of Philadelphia. She completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she wrote about the ways drug users and addicts enter into and challenge “expert” discourse on addiction. While completing her degree, she worked as an ethnographer tasked with mapping HIV transmission through drug use and sex work for an HIV-prevention research division at the university. Her work attempts to use the tools of literary analysis to understand and legitimize the lived experiences of drug use and addiction. When she is not teaching or writing, she spends time with her newly adopted horse, Annie.

Matt June: Matt June is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Northwestern University, working under the supervision of Professor Michael J. Allen. His research focuses on mid-20th century United States politics and culture, and his interests include American Political Development, the history of American crime and punishment, the history of medicine, ethnography, and borderlands. He is currently completing his dissertation, entitled, “Users and Abusers: Policing Prescriptions, Protecting Consumers, and the Modern ‘War on Drugs.’” The dissertation examines how liberal efforts to reform narcotics laws and protect consumers from dangerous medicines – first begun in the 1950s and institutionalized under the leadership of President John F. Kennedy – paradoxically created the foundation for today’s “war on drugs.” He previously received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from San Diego State University. Find him on Twitter @Users_Abusers.

Kawal Deep Kour: Kawal Deep Kour received her PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology and has written extensively on opium use and regulation in Assam. Contact her at

Amy Long (Media Liaison): Amy Long earned an MFA from Virginia Tech’s Creative Writing Program in 2016 and holds an MA in Women’s Studies and a BA in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Florida. Between degrees, Amy worked for drug policy reform and free speech advocacy groups in Santa Cruz, CA; Washington, D.C.; and New York City. Her research at UF focused on popular representations of drug dealing, and at Virginia Tech she completed a linked essay collection that explores how her chronic headache condition complicates her relationship to opioids, to medical praxis, to her family and romantic partners, and to her own embodied subjectivity. Amy’s academic and creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Experimental Writing 2015 (Wesleyan Press, 2016), Ninth Letter, The Literary Hub, Hayden’s Ferry Review and elsewhere. She lives in Austin, TX.

Michelle McClellan: Michelle McClellan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Residential College at the University of Michigan.  She received her Ph.D. in American history from Stanford University, and she is very interested in interdisciplinary approaches to studying and teaching about addiction.  Her research has focused largely on alcoholism and women, and she is completing a book that uses the figure of the alcoholic woman as a way to explore the complex intersection of gender and medicalization in nineteenth- and twentieth-century America.   McClellan is also fascinated by issues of secrecy, disclosure, and public memory in the history of addiction, and she is beginning a collective biography of women who revealed their alcoholism during the last third of the twentieth century.

Adam Rathge is a Ph.D. candidate in the history department at Boston College, working under the advisement of Dr. Martin Summers. His dissertation in-progress examines a century-long road to federal marijuana prohibition in the United States by analyzing the development and transformation of medical discourse, regulatory processes, and social concerns surrounding cannabis between 1840 and 1940. Adam’s research offers a fresh approach to the historiography on marijuana by tracing how and why cities and states across the country regulated cannabis before the federal government and the effect these varied regulations had on each other, on the emergence of marijuana hysteria, and on the impetus for federal regulation. He previously received a B.S. from the University of Dayton and a M.A. from the University of Cincinnati. Find him on Twitter @ARRathge.

Gabriel D. Roberts: Gabriel D. Roberts is a theological scholar, researcher and public speaker that specializes in the interdisciplinary approach to consciousness studies with a primary focus on the religious and philosophical relevance of the psychedelic perspective as a theoretical framework.  He is the author of three books in the field of religion and psychedelics and has been featured among many of the leading psychedelic researchers of our day, like Dr. Dennis McKenna, Dr. Rick Strassman, Dr. Rick Doblin and more in the new book, The Divine Spark.  Gabriel writes for VICE Magazine, and and is completing his fourth book, The Hermit, a tale about the Hermetic voyage in the present day. He is continuing his research at the University of Washington in his hometown of Tacoma, WA.

Ron Roizen: Ron Roizen writes about the history and sociology of alcohol science; he lives in Wallace, Idaho.

Sarah Brady SiffSarah Brady Siff is a PhD candidate in modern U.S. history at The Ohio State University. She is writing a dissertation about the political, legal, and cultural history of postwar drug control in California. Siff is the author of “Atomic Roaches and Test-Tube Babies: Bentley Glass and Science Communication,” in the Summer 2015 issue of Journalism & Communication Monographs. She is copy editor and past managing editor of Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, for which she also wrote “From Karl Marx to Karl Rove: ‘Class Warfare’ in American Politics.”

Eoin Cannon (Managing Editor Emeritus): Now speechwriter for Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Eoin Cannon spent several years as Lecturer and Assistant Director of Studies in the History & Literature program at Harvard University. His book, The Saloon and the Mission: Addiction, Conversion, and the Politics of Redemption in American Culture (UMass Press, 2013), examines sobriety movements between the Civil War and World War II, and the roles their narratives played in advancing various social and political ideas. A former newspaper reporter based in Dorchester, Mass., he also writes on cities, sports, religion, and literature.

Claire Clark (Managing Editor Emeritus) is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine. She is a dual-trained historian and behavioral scientist (Ph.D/MPH, Emory University, May 2014). Her work appears in history and social science journals, and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Hastings Center, and the National Film Preservation Foundation. Her current book project, provisionally titled The Recovery Revolution, explores how ex-addict activists have shaped the addiction treatment industry since the 1960s. Before joining the University of Kentucky in January 2015, she held fellowships in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Drug Use Work Group and the Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas’s Medical School at Houston.

Emily Dufton received her Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University in May 2014. Her dissertation, “Just Say Know: How the Parent Movement Shaped America’s Modern War on Drugs, 1970-2000,” traced the history of the parent movement, the most successful grassroots anti-drug movement of the late twentieth century. Dufton’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, History News Network, and in several academic journals, and she has appeared on the History Channel, NPR’s “BackStory with the American History Guys” and the YouTube program Instant Response Team, discussing her work and the current marijuana legalization process in the United States. “A Higher Calling,” the history of marijuana activism from the 1950s to today, was recently acquired by Basic Books and should be released in 2017.

Joe Spillane (Managing Editor Emeritus): Joe Spillane is Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida, where he is also an affiliate of the Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law. He has published Cocaine: From Medical Marvel to Modern Menace in the United States (Johns Hopkins Press, 2000) and co-edited Federal Drug Control: The Evolution of Policy and Practice (Haworth Press, 2004).  His current drug-related research agenda includes: the history and development of drug abuse liability assessment; addiction, trauma, and Vietnam veterans; and reflections on the nature of drug epidemics.

Trysh Travis (Senior Managing Editor): A 20th-century literary and cultural historian, Trysh Travis teaches in the Center for Women’s Studies & Gender Research at the University of Florida.  She has published on the gender and power of addiction and recovery, spirituality, and bibliotherapy in a variety of scholarly and popular venues.  Her book The Language of the Heart: a Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey appeared in 2009.  The anthology Rethinking Therapeutic Culture, which she co-edited with Timothy Aubry, has just been published by University of Chicago Press.