Hortense Powdermaker (1900-1970) in 1938 joined the newly established Queens College in New York City and founded its department of anthropology and sociology. Holding many distinguished positions in the field, she served as president of the American Ethnological Society from 1946-1947. In 1968 she retired from Queens College as professor emeritus and moved to California. She became a research associate of the Department of Anthropology at Berkeley and began a study of youth culture on the Berkeley campus. Her many books include Hollywood, the Dream Factory: An Anthropologist Looks at the Movie-Makers and Stranger and Friend: The Way of an Anthropologist.
Brackette F. Williams is professor of anthropology and director of the African American Studies Program at the University of Arizona and an editorial associate for American Ethnologist. Drexel Glenn Woodson is assistant research anthropologist, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona.