Aaron J. Leonard

Aaron Leonard is a writer and historian, with a particular focus on the history of radicalism and its opposite number of state suppression of radicalism. He is the author of Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists—the story of the largest Maoist organization to arise in the US out of the sixties, and the government’s efforts against it. His current book, A Threat of the First Magnitude—FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration: From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union tells the story of the informants who penetrated the highest levels of radical organization, published in 2018. He is a regular contributor to the History News Network, Jacobin, and Truthout.  He has a BA in history from New York University and is currently working on a book on the FBI and the folksingers of the 1940s & 50. 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.