Authors’ Bios


Joel L. Swerdlow has taught  at Johns Hopkins University (including a graduate seminar entitled “Notions of Progress” which formed the basis for this book) and Georgetown University.  He served as Senior Writer and Assistant Editor at National Geographic Magazine, and was the lead writer for the magazine’s two-year series of special issues on the “Millennium,”  during which he also completed some of the research and analysis which provide core concepts for this book.  His writing has been translated into more than thirty languages; he holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University; and he currently teaches for the Bill Archer Fellowship Program of the University of Texas.

Swerdlow has authored seven books, one of which became an NBC TV movie. His research has been supported by, among others, the Ford and Wallace Foundations and the U.S. Department of Defense. He has been a Guest Scholar at the Smithsonian’s Woodrow Wilson Center; Senior Fellow at the Annenberg Washington Program for both the Universities of  Pennsylvania and of Southern California; adviser to the President of the Museum of Television and Radio; and consultant to the National Defense University, ABC News, United States Information Agency, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Information Agency, National Endowment for Humanities, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His academic articles and presentations include “A New Approach to Combating Infectious Diseases,” “Lessons From Malaria” and “Audience for the Arts in the Age of Electronics.” He has lectured at a wide range of institutions, including Baylor College of Medicine, Smithsonian Institution, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Notre Dame University. Swerdlow’s work is cited in the 2000 National Magazine Award for general excellence, and is included in the books “Best of the Washington Post” and “Best of National Geographic Magazine” collections. He wrote a web documentary cited in 2005 by the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. He has been published in most major American newspapers and The Atlantic, Harper’s, Columbia Journalism Review, Rolling Stone, Reader’s Digest, Harvard Business Review and other magazines. He covered the White House and Watergate trials for NPR.


Mayu Takeda is a student at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she is studying political science and psychology. As an immigrant from Okayama, Japan, her interest and focus has been on American immigration policy. During her time in Washington, D.C. as a Bill Archer Fellow, she interned with the Immigration Advocacy and Policy Team at the Center for American Progress, where she conducted research and published material on visa policy, state immigration laws, and immigration as a national political issue. She has since interned at immigrant advocacy organizations such as Rights for All People and the Littleton Immigrant Resources Center, and she is currently researching immigration from a sociological and political perspective with Dr. Lisa Martinez at the University of Denver. Prior to being an Archer Fellow, Mayu was heavily involved with UTD’s cross-examination policy debate team with appearances in semifinals and quarterfinals, and she was a qualifier to the National Debate Tournament as a top 10 team in the region, as well as an instructor at various debate institutes. She is also the founding president of the Comet Debate Society, an organization seeking to raise the level of discourse regarding current issues at UTD. Mayu hopes to attend graduate school to study sociology.


Contributing Authors

Hannah Rose Bainter has a bachelor’s degree in Government and Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with highest honors and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is currently consulting for the government for Booz Allen Hamilton and has experience working at the U.S. Department of State as an Archer Fellow in Washington, D.C.


Hannah Chapman is a senior at the University of Texas at Dallas, studying political science and psychology. Hannah is involved with the Innocence Project of Texas and several voter registration initiatives across Dallas, and she plans to attend law school in the future.


Camden Cornwell studies Economics and Political Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a Eugene McDermott Scholar and was a Bill Archer Fellow for the Fall of 2011 in Washington DC. Cornwell has worked in macroeconomic research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and behavioral economic research for the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Economic Science at the University of Texas at Dallas.


Sidd Dadhich is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, obtaining degrees in finance and philosophy in May of 2012. A first generation American, Sidd is interested in America’s trajectory as a global economic leader.


Natasha Danielle Escobar is a graduate of the University of Texas at Brownsville. As Fall 2010 Archer Fellow, Natasha worked at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is currently a 2012 Teach For America Corps Member teaching Spanish in Baltimore.


Charles Eric Hintz is a 2012 graduate of Emory University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. Currently a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, he has had experience working with UBS Sales and Trading, Invesco Global Asset Management, and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


Derin Kiykioglu graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Government and Psychology in May 2012 after completing her semester as a Spring 2012 Archer Fellow, during which time she interned at the U.S. Department of State. She is now teaching at a middle school in San Antonio.






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