Anthony Harkins is a professor of history at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he teaches courses in popular culture and twentieth-century United States history and American studies. He is the author of Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon.
Travis Linnemann teaches in Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.
Richard Hague is Writer-in-Residence at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky and author of Studied Days: Poems Early & Late in Appalachia.
Dwight B. Billings is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Appalachian Studies at the University of Kentucky and author of Appalachia in Regional Context: Place Matters.
Ivy Brashear is is the Appalachian Transition Coordinator at the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development in Berea, Kentucky.
With hundreds of thousands of copies sold, a Ron Howard movie in the works, and the rise of its author as a media personality, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis has defined Appalachia for much of the nation. What about Hillbilly Elegy accounts for this explosion of interest during this period of political turmoil?