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The following scholars, writers, and editors are available to members of the media to talk about their work in this area. Following is information about their background, special interests, and preferred manner of contact. Listed email addresses should be copied into an email client, replacing "at" with "@".

Ronald L. Lewis
Ronald L. Lewis is Stuart and Joyce Robbins Chair and Professor of History Emeritus at West Virginia University. He is author or editor of fourteen books, including Transforming the Appalachian Countryside: Railroads, Deforestation, and Social Change in West Virginia, 1880–1920 (from the University of North Carolina Press).

Email: rlewis at

Chad Montrie
B.A., Univ. of Louisville; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University; Chad’s fields of interest include U.S. environmental, labor, and women’s history. He is also a documentary filmmaker, and his works include documentary shorts on community empowerment projects in rural Peru and on the Concord River in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Email: chad_montrie at

Susan Kushner Resnick
Susan Kushner Resnick is the author of Goodbye Wifes and Daughters, the first full account of the 1943 Smith coal mine disaster in Montana. She is a journalist with 25 years experience who can speak on the affect of mining disasters on families and communities, why disasters continue to happen and the history of coal mining. Resnick is also the author of Sleepless Days: One Woman’s Journey through Postpartum Depression. Her work has appeared in The Best American Essays, the New York Times Magazine, Boston Magazine,, Parents Magazine, and Utne Reader.

Email: mpress at
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