Christopher N. Matthews is a historical archaeologist and professor of anthropology at Montclair State University. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University and research interests in the archaeology of capitalism, race and racism, cultural heritage, and community-based research. He is the author of two books, An Archaeology of History and Tradition (Plenum 2002) and The Archaeology of American Capitalism (Florida, 2010) as well as many peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is also editor of the journal Historical Archaeology and co-director of the ‘A Long Time Coming’ project in Setauket, NY and the ‘Reverse Archaeology of I-280 Project’ in Orange, NJ.
Katherine McCaffrey is an associate professor of anthropology at Montclair State University. Her research interests focus on social inequality, its consequences and resistance to it in Latin America and the United States. Her interest in social movements took her to Vieques, Puerto Rico where she examined a multi-decade long movement to evict the Navy from the island described in her book, Military Power and Popular Protest: the U.S. Navy in Vieques, Puerto Rico. She is currently finishing a manuscript about the contested Navy-led environmental cleanup of Vieques.
More recently, she has been conducting participatory action field research in Orange, New Jersey, a compact, diverse city that showcases a larger pattern of urban disinvestment, abandonment, and demolition by neglect and design. Working closely with Lanbi, a Haitian civic association, as well as the University of Orange, she is examining how nascent efforts by grassroots citizen groups may form a bulwark against displacement.
Committed to claiming a public voice for anthropology, McCaffrey was a founding editor of Anthropology Now, where she served as the general editor for seven years. Right now, in an effort to combat xenophobia and foster cultural exchange, she co-founded, with Melina Macall, the Syrian Supper Club, recently featured on CNN http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/18/us/syrian-refugees-new-jersey-camerota/# and recommended way to help Syrian Refugees on the SamanthaBee.com site.
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College (AB, 1971) and Columbia University (MS, 1971; MD 1978).
She is a board certified psychiatrist, having received her training at New York Hospital-Westchester Division (1978-1981) and Montefiore Hospital (1981-1982). She has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics of poor communities, with a special interest in the relationship between the collapse of communities and decline in health.
From her research, she has published Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, and The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place. She is co-author of Ernest Thompson's Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People's Power (1976) and Rodrick Wallace's Collective Consciousness and Its Discontents (2008).
She has received many awards, including inclusion in many “Best Doctors” and two honorary doctorates (Chatham College, 1999, and Bank Street College of Education, 2002). Her most recent book is Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities (2013).
Mike Malbrough was born in Reisterstown, Maryland where he learned to draw and tell stories with art gypsies in his hometown. When he was all grown up he moved to New Jersey where he worked as an illustrator for 10 years. After an eternity of client-centered work in comics, apparel advertising and beyond, Mike rediscovered the world of picture books in 2015. By the summer of 2016, Mike had signed with Lori Kilkelly at Rodeen Literary Management and found a home for his debut picture book Marigold Bakes a Cake with Philomel Books. The cakes will be ready in June 2017. Visit Mike on the web at www.mikemalbrough.com
Raised in Orange NJ, Chris has combined his passion for creative and his community into several entrepreneurial projects including the local Return to Paradise Art Show and Mixer in October 2016. He was recently an Americorps Vista at Hands Inc. in 2016 and helped gather stories and work with young people during the duration of this project.