Meet the Guys



Ed Ayers is President Emeritus and Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities at the University of Richmond. He is also former Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of History at the University of Virginia and winner of the 2013 National Humanities Medal.

Ed has written and edited ten books, including “In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America,” winner of both the Bancroft Prize and the Beveridge Prize; “The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction” and he’s currently working on “The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil war and the End of American Slavery.”

Brian Balogh is Compton Professor and Chair of the National Fellowship Program at UVa’s Miller Center of Public Affairs and Professor in the Department of History at the University of Virginia.

Brian is the author of “The Associational State: American Governance in the Twentieth Century” and “A Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America” and is currently at work on “In the Nation’s Backyard: How History Preserved Rural Life in Green Springs, 1970 to the Present.”


Nathan Connolly is the Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and the first black U.S. historian to earn tenure at Johns Hopkins.

Nathan is the author of “A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida” and the co-author of Trump Syllabus 2.0. A self-described desegregationist, Nathan is the first African American author to win either the Kenneth T. Jackson Book Award from the Urban History Association or the Bennett H. Wall Award from the Southern Historical Association.


Joanne Freeman is a professor of History and American Studies at Yale.Her extensive knowledge of dueling and research into the life of Alexander Hamilton influenced Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of Broadway’s Hamilton the musical.

Joanne is the author of the award-winning “Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic,” and editor of “Alexander Hamilton: Writings.” Her forthcoming book, “The Essential Hamilton: Letters & Other Writings,” comes out May 2017.