ROBERT ATWAN founded the annual Best American Essays in 1986 and has served as series editor since. He has edited numerous anthologies, and his essays, criticism, and reviews cover a wide variety of topics that include dreams and divination in the ancient world, photography, Shakespeare, American popular culture, memoir, contemporary poetry, and literary nonfiction.

TODD GIBSON has a doctorate in Tibetan Studies from Indiana University at Bloomington and has published numerous articles on Inner Asian and Tibetan cultural history. He is now retired and living in Thailand.

JOHN HAMILTON retired as Director of Psychology from Gracewood Hospital, the original Georgia facility for the mentally and physically handicapped.

CHARLES HAMPDEN-TURNER is a British management philosopher, and Senior Research Associate at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge since 1990. He has authored or co-authored 15 books on a variety of subjects, including Maps of the Mind: Charts and Concepts of the Mind and its Labyrinths.

ROBERT E. HASKELL (1938–2010) was Professor Emeritus and chair of the Department of Social/Behavioral Sciences at the University of New England, a co-founder of the New England Institute of Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology, and an associate editor of The Journal of Mind and Behavior. His major publications include seven books and over 65 research papers.

RUSSELL T. HURLBURT is Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and author or co-author of several books and many articles on Descriptive Experience Sampling (DES), a method of investigating inner experience.

MARCEL KUIJSTEN is Founder and Executive Director of the Julian Jaynes Society. In 2013, he co-chaired (with Rabbi James Cohn) the 2013 Julian Jaynes Society Conference on Consciousness and Bicameral Studies. His previous books are The Julian Jaynes Collection and Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited.

EDWARD PROFFITT (1938–2012) was a poet and professor at Manhattan College. He published extensively on writing, literature, and poetry. His books include Reading and Writing About Short Fiction, Reading and Writing About Literature, and The Organized Writer.

BRIAN J. MCVEIGH studied Asian Studies and Political Science at the State University of New York at Albany, from where he received his Master’s degree. He was awarded his Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton University and was a student of Julian Jaynes. A psychological anthropologist and specialist in Japanese, he has lived and worked in Asia for almost 17 years. He is the author of eleven books and is now training in mental health counseling. His recent books include A Psychohistory of Metaphor and How Religion Evolved.

JAMES E. MORRISS taught at Dowling College, Long Island, New York, and is the co-author of three books in comparative psychology and brain research: The Brains of Animals and Man, Animal Instincts, and How Animals Learn.

TED REMINGTON is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He holds a Ph.D. in Rhetorical Studies from the University of Iowa.

BILL ROWE retired from the University of California Santa Cruz where he worked for 27 years as a staff research associate for the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics. Since retiring he has worked as an independent consultant for medical device companies developing models and neural implants for various neurological disorders.

JOHN SAPPINGTON is a retired clinical psychologist and was Professor of Psychology at Augusta College (now Georgia Regents University).

JUDITH WEISSMAN (1946–1998) was Professor of English at Syracuse University, where she taught literature for more than twenty years. She published two books — Half Savage and Hardy and Free: Women and Rural Radicalism in the Nineteenth-Century Novel and Of Two Minds: Poets Who Hear Voices — and many articles and reviews.

LAURA MOONEYHAM WHITE is the John E. Weaver Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her publications include two monographs and a critical edition on Jane Austen; she has also published broadly on interdisciplinary nineteenth-century topics. White's recent work includes a monograph on Lewis Carroll and a data-mining project on Austen’s use of free indirect discourse.