James Goodman is a professor at Rutgers University, Newark, where he teaches History and Creative Writing. He is the author of essays, short stories, and two previous books and the U.S. editor of the U.K. journal Rethinking History. He has received grants and fellowships from Princeton University, Harvard University, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He and Jennifer McFeely have two twenty-something sons and live in northern Manhattan. His first book, Stories of Scottsboro, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.