Tyler Anbinder

Tyler Anbinder is a professor of history at George Washington University, where since 1994 he has taught the history of American immigration and the U.S. Civil War. He is author of three award-winning books: Nativism and Slavery: The Northern Know Nothings and the Politics of the 1850s (1992); Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York Neighborhood that Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World’s Most Notorious Slum (2001), and City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York (2016). He has won fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and held the Fulbright Commission’s Thomas Jefferson Distinguished Chair in American History at the University of Utrecht. His research has won awards from the Organization of American Historians, the Columbia University School of Journalism, the editors of Civil War History, and the New York Society Library. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.



Simone Wegge

Simone Wegge is a professor of economics at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center, both of the City University of New York, where she teaches economics courses including economic history. Much of her research focuses on European migration in the nineteenth and eighteenth centuries, examining who emigrated, why they may moved, and what sorts of communities they left from. Her work has been published in various academic journals including the European Review of Economic History, the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, Social Science History, History of the Family, and Historical Methods. In 2002 the International Economic History Association awarded her Ph.D. thesis a Dissertation Prize for Best Doctoral Research. Her work has been supported by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Economic History Association, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).



Cormac Ó Gráda

Cormac Ó Gráda is professor emeritus at the School of Economics, University College Dublin.  He started off as an economic historian of Ireland, but has ranged more widely in recent years.  He has published a lot on the history of famines and much of his recent and ongoing research is on industrialising England.  His books include Ireland: A New Economic History (Oxford, 1994), Black ’47 and Beyond (Princeton, 1999); Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce: A Socioeconomic History (Princeton, 2006); Ireland’s Great Famine: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Dublin, 2006); Famine: A Short History (Princeton, 2009); and Eating People is Wrong and Other Essays on Famine (Princeton, 2015).  Famine in Europe from 1300 to the Present (Cambridge, 2017), co-edited with Guido Alfani, has just been published.  In 2017-18 he is president of the Economic History Association. 



Janet Wilkinson Schwartz. After 15 years in the clinical laboratory, Foreign Service assignments prompted a switch from the microscope to the microfilm reader.  Genealogical research interests, in addition to Irish immigration, include the Great Lakes region, Eastern European Jewish immigration and Civil War pension records

Richard Hinton is the manager of the Spatial Analysis Laboratory at the George Washington University Department of Geography.  Hinton also manages day-to-day operations for the Center for Urban & Environmental Research, the geospatial research arm of the Geography Department.   In May 2015 Mr. Hinton deployed to Nepal with Shelter Cluster as an Information Officer to assist with the international earthquake response.

Key research assistants on this project include: Hope McCaffrey, Katie Carper, Lindsay Chervinsky, Lindsay D. Graham, and Melanie Strating.

Additional research assistants for the project: Sara Barrack, Theresa Baum, Ali Beachman, Caitlyn Borghi, Meagan Byrne, Madeline Crispell, Emily deRedon, James Feenstra, Holly Firlein, Bill Horne, Greg Hughes, Jon Keljik, Erika MacLeod, Madlyn Murtha, Michelle Ordway, Mika Ramachandran, Lauren Ricci, Megan Rohrer, Elizabeth Rosenwasser, Michael Salgarola, Rachel Scharf, Aly Seeberger, Emma Shindell, Milica Taskovic, and Sam Wood.