Editorial Board

Managing Editor:

Emily Dufton: Emily Dufton holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University. She is the author of Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America. She is the editor of PhaileD: Stories of Struggle, Survival, and Success from PhDs who Thrived Outside the Academy (forthcoming from University of Kansas Press), and is currently working on her next book, a history of how the federal government has handled, and funded, drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation. Email Emily at emily.dufton@gmail.com

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.

Seth Blumenthal: Seth Blumenthal is a Senior Lecturer in Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program.  Blumenthal received his Ph.D. in American history from Boston University and he recently completed Children of the Silent Majority: Youth Politics and the Rise of the Republican Party, 1968-1984 with the University Press of Kansas. His research focuses on the intersection of conservatism, youth culture and politics in the 20th century.

Blumenthal teaches three courses at BU, Imagining the ‘Big Muddy’: Vietnam in American Culture; The Educated Electorate; and Marijuana in American History.  His current project explores the various ways public school drug awareness programs for youth shifted in content and delivery from the 1930s through the War on Drugs.

David Guba: Dr. David A. Guba, Jr. is Assistant Dean of Studies and a member of the history faculty at Bard Early College Baltimore, where he teaches courses on world history and the interconnected pasts of drugs and imperialism in modern France and Europe. He currently is at work on a book project based on his dissertation, entitled “Empire of Illusion: The Rise and Fall of Hashish in 19th century France,” which examines the largely untold story of France’s first foray into medical marijuana during the 1800s and the ways in which France’s imperial ventures in North Africa shaped French perceptions of the drug both then and now.

Brooks Hudson: Brooks is a Ph.D. student studying American history at Southern Illinois University, specializing in the transformation of law, culture, and medicine from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression. His dissertation traces the evolution of America’s first opiate crisis and the reaction to it. It highlights how this period was pivotal in solidifying a criminal justice approach regarding narcotic use, and, more importantly, the ways it expanded law enforcement’s ability to surveil and police personal behavior. He received his B.A. from Murray State University, winning the Beasley Award for outstanding undergraduate. He completed his M.A. at MSU in 2017. His M.A. thesis examined cultural mythologies of the Gilded Age. Email Brooks at Austbrook.hudson@siu.edu

Miriam Kingsberg Kadia: Miriam Kingsberg Kadia is an associate professor of modern Japanese history at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her first book, “Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History,” was published by the University of California Press in 2014. A second monograph, “Men of One Age: Japanese Fieldworkers in the Transwar World,” is forthcoming with Stanford University Press. Miriam is currently interested in the representation of intoxicants in museums and exhibitions around the world.

Matthew Pembleton: Matthew R. Pembleton is an historian of 20th century America and the U.S. in the world and holds a Ph.D. in history from American University. He is the author of Containing Addiction: The Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the Origins of America’s Global Drug War (UMass Press, 2017), a lecturer at American University, a Fellow at the DC Policy Center, and a history consultant at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. His writing has been featured in the Journal of American Culture, the Journal of Cold War Studies, History News Network, and the Washington Post.

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.”

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.


Joe Spillane (Points Founder): 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 (Points Founder): 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.