Guest Bloggers 2011

Guest Bloggers for Points are generally academics, policy experts, activists, or educators with a professional research interest in alcohol and drugs.  If you fall outside this description but think you would like to contribute, you may send a short resume, 2-3 relevant clips (links to online publications are fine), and a brief pitch that explains the topic you want to write about and the approach you intend to take to Joe Spillane or Trysh Travis.  Please note that Points does not publish book reviews, fiction, poetry, or memoir/personal experience narrative.

Frankie Bailey: Frankie Bailey is Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, State University of New York.  Prof. Bailey’s work focuses on crime history, gender and crime, minorities and crime, and crime fiction.  She is the author of Out of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction (Greenwood Press, 1991), which was nominated for the Mystery Writers of America 1992 Edgar Award for Criticism and Biography.  Her crime fiction includes Death’s Favorite Child (Silver Dagger, 2000).

Ron Bilbao:  Ron Bilbao is the Senior Legislative Associate and Outreach Coordinator for the ACLU of Florida.

Nancy Campbell:  Nancy Campbell is a professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Campbell is the author of Discovering Addiction: The Science and Politics of Substance Abuse Research (University of Michigan Press, 2007) and Using Women: Gender, Drug Policy, and Social Justice (Routledge, 2000).

Eoin Cannon:  Currently the Assistant Director of Studies for the America Field and a Lecturer in History & Literature at Harvard University, Eoin Cannon received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Boston University.  His first book, entitled The Politics of Redemption: Addiction and Conversion in Modern American Culture, is forthcoming from University of Massachusetts Press in 2012.

Sarah Carnahan: Currently a candidate for an MSW and a Ph.D. at Ohio State University, Sarah Carnahan received her B.A. in Women’s Studies in 2006 from The University of Maine at Farmington.  Her research interests include transnational and postcolonial feminisms, critical trauma theory, feminist narrative theory, women and conflict, and digital media.

David T. Courtwright:  David Courtwright is Presidential Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Florida.  He is the author several books, including No Right Turn: Conservative Politics in a Liberal America (Harvard University press, 2010 and Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World (Harvard University Press, 2002).

Matthew Crawford:  Assistant Professor of the History of Science and Technology at Kent State University and a historian of the early modern Atlantic World, Crawford is at work on a book tentatively titled “A Cure for Empire: An American Wonder Drug, Enlightenment Science, and European Imperialism, 1750-1850.”

Michael Durfee:  A doctoral candidate in History at SUNY-Buffalo studying under Points Contributing Editor David Herzberg, Michael Durfee studies crack-era drug reform, racial conservatism, the state of race and police/resident relations in New York City, the emergence of hip-hop culture as a counter-narrative, and the politics of symbolism under the Reagan administration.

Robert Echeverria  and Siddhantha Issar: The creators of “Narcotic Hedonism: American Drug Use” (a “Student Forum” at Wesleyan University) are advanced undergraduates working under the guidance of Sociology Professor Jonathan Cutler.

David Fahey: David Fahey retired from the Department of History at Miami University of Ohio in 2006.  Prof. Fahey is a past president of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, and is the author of numerous works on the history of the temperance movement.  He is also currently editor of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society’s Daily Register.

Michelle Garcia:  A freelance journalist and film maker, Michelle Garcia is the co-founder and director of the Border Mobile Journalism Collective, a citizen journalism video project on the U.S.-Mexico border created in collaboration with the National Black Programming Consortium.  She recently completed “Against Mexico— The Making of  Heroes and Enemies,” a documentary film for PBS (view the trailer here), and is at work on a book about masculinity and the U.S. Mexico border.

Paul Gootenberg:  Paul Gootenberg is a professor in the Department of History at SUNY-Stony Brook and the author of Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug (University of North Carolina Press, 2008).

Tace Hedrick: An Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Florida, Tace Hedrick specializes in 20th-century Latin American literature and culture.  Having written previously on Mestizo Modernisms, she is now at work on a study of national and cosmic identity discourse across the Latin American and Latino Americas diaspora, the working title of which is Queering the Cosmic Race: Gloria Anzaldúa, Ana Mendieta, and Walter Mercado, 1968-2010.

Brian Herrera: One-time Points Contributing Editor and now occasional Guest Blogger, Brian Herrera is an Assistant Professor of Theater at the University of New Mexico.  His writings and performance pieces can be found at and at the Performations blog.

Allen Hopper:  Currently the Police Practices Director for the ACLU of Northern California, Hopper previously coordinated drug policy-related litigation as the Litigation Director for the National ACLU’s Drug Law Reform Project.  A nationally recognized expert on marijuana law reform, he has been quoted extensively in the media, worked cases in state and federal courts, and testified before legislative committees on issues related to the intersection of federal and state drug laws.

Kerwin Kaye: A Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology and Women’s & Gender Studies at Barnard College, Kerwin Kaye is a 2011 PhD from New York University’s Program in American Studies.  His dissertation, “Drug Courts and the Treatment of Addiction: Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Neoliberal Governance,” argues that court-mandated treatment regimes medicalize the culture of poverty rather than addressing any identifiable disease entity.

 Helen Keane:  Helen Keane teaches gender studies and sociology at the Australian National University in Canberra.  She is the author of What’s Wrong with Addiction?  (NYUP, 2002), and has written widely on the social and cultural aspects of alcohol and illicit drug use, pharmaceutical drugs, and addiction.  Her current research interests include ADHD and constructions of childhood; intoxication and gender; and theories of medicalization.

Ernest Kurtz: Internationally recognized AA historian Ernest Kurtz is an Independent Scholar and the author of Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Jason Lantzer: Jason Lantzer is a historian interested in the intersection of religion, politics, and law in American History. He has taught at Indiana University, Butler University, and Franklin College. His first book, on prohibition in Indiana, was published by the University of Notre Dame Press: ‘Prohibition Is Here to Stay’: The Reverend Edward S. Shumaker and the Dry Crusade in America (paperback, 2009).

Stanton Peele:  A psychologist, author, and principled opponent of the addiction-is-disease industry, Peele is the author of numerous books, including The Truth About Addiction and Recovery, The Diseasing of America and Addiction-Proof Your ChildHe blogs at Stanton’s Blog.

Siobhan Reynolds:  Siobhan Reynolds founded the Pain Relief Network (PRN) in 2003 in response to her then-husband’s experience with chronic pain and the stigma attached to its treatment. PRN challenged government restrictions on opioid pain treatment by advocating for and representing doctors in disciplinary proceedings and criminal prosecutions until legal issues forced it to close.  Reynolds lives in New Mexico with her son Ronan and her partner, attorney Kevin P. Byers, whose legal practice carries forward PRN’s mission.

Tamás Sajó:  An art historian and translator in Budapest, Sajó is the co-founder, with John Cull (College of the Holy Cross, USA) and Antonio Bernat Vistarini (Universidad de las Islas Baleares, Spain) of Studiolum Press, which specializes in the electronic publishing of 15th-19th century rare prints and emblem books.  He is also the curator/author of the astonishingly beautiful blog “Poemas del Río Wang,” which focuses on 20th-century European visual propaganda.

Mark Schrad: The author of The Political Power of Bad Ideas: Networks, Institutions, and the Global Prohibition Wave, Schrad is an assistant professor of Political Science at Villanova University.  In conjunction with his current research project on contemporary Russian temperance, he runs the website

Amanda Smith:  Born and raised in New York City, Amanda Smith is a writer of historical nonfiction.  She is the editor of Hostage to Fortune: The Letters of Joseph P. Kennedy (Viking 2001, Penguin 2002).  Her most recent work is Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011).

Kenneth D. Tunnell:  A Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Police Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, Tunnell is the author of Choosing Crime, Political Crime in Contemporary America, Living Off Crime, and Pissing on Demand: Workplace Drug Testing and the Rise of the Detox IndustryHis forthcoming photography book, Once Upon a Place, details the vast changes occurring across rural agricultural communities in Kentucky.

Ingrid Walker:  Ingrid Walker is an Associate Professor of Arts, Media and Culture in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Tacoma.  She presented the paper “Between Addiction and Interdiction: A Phenomenology of Using in the U.S. Drug War” at the 2011 ADHS conference.

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