Historian, professor emerita at UCLA
Joyce Appleby, professor emerita at University of California, Los Angeles, has long taken an interest in bringing history to a larger public. Past president of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society for the History of the Early Republic, she has thought deeply about the complex relationship of the American public with the country's professional historians. As co-director of the History News Service, she now facilitates historians' writing op-ed essays for newspapers which embed contemporary issues in their relevant histories. Before becoming a professional historian, she worked on Mademoiselle magazine and the Pasadena Star-News.