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 currently working on her second book, a history of how America has treated its addicts since the post-Prohibition era, and is an activist for post-ac and alt-ac rights. 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: More info on Dr. Blumenthal TK

David Guba: More info on Dr. Guba TK

Brooks Hudson: More info on Hudson TK

Miriam Kingsberg Kadia: More info on Dr. Kadia TK

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.