Aaron J. Leonard is a writer and historian with a particular focus on the history of radicalism and state suppression. He is the author of Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists A Threat of the First Magnitude—FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration: From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union. He is contributor to the History News Network, Jacobin, and Truthout.  He has a BA in history from New York University and is currently completing a book on the FBI and the folksingers of the 1940s & 50s. He lives in Los Angeles.

Conor A. Gallagher is a researcher and educator from Brooklyn, New York. He has a masters degree from the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education. He currently lives China, where he teaches history.