Alexa Dankowski studied Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Connecticut and has worked in the communications department at GE Capital. She lives in Boston.
Suzanne Goode studied economics at Harvard University and the Sciences Po (Paris) and has worked for the U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisers in Washington, D.C., and for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and the youngest of their four boys.
Philip Greenspun studied economics and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches from time to time. He is the author of several computer science textbooks and was the founder of the photo.net online community. His work on this book was interrupted on an alternating schedule by three kids and a demonic Golden Retriever puppy.
Chaconne Martin-Berkowicz is studying writing, film, and media at Johns Hopkins University. She grew up in Oregon.
Tina Tonnu is studying economics and psychobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has worked in a protein membrane crystallography lab at the David Geffen School of Medicine. She grew up in Orange County, California.
(Biographies current as of 2015)
We're grateful to our interview subjects: lawyers, judges, economists, legislators, psychologists, university professors, litigants, and children of litigants. Everyone was busy but nobody lost patience with our questions, no matter how naive.
We are grateful to our families. Pushing a book project out the door involves asking a lot from everyone in the house.
As a five-author collaboration, Google Docs enabled us to work efficiently. Thanks to the team there! (but can we please gently suggest that some effort be put into simplifying the HTML and CSS output?)
Andrew Prihodko did the heavy lifting in Perl (thanks, Larry Wall, and the rest of the free and open source software world!) to clean up the HTML output by Google Docs and build the ePub file that is the basis of the Kindle version. Who knew that a Harvard graduate could program in Perl?
A big thank-you, finally, to the Fifth Chance Media web development team. Real-time conversion of Google Docs into usable web pages turned out not to be as simple as we'd planned.