Douglas Ambrose is professor of history at Hamilton College, where he has taught since 1990. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His teaching and research interests include early America, the Old South, and American religious history. His publications include Henry Hughes and Proslavery Thought in the Old South (LSU 1996) and The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of America’s Most Elusive Founding Father (NYU 2006), a volume he co-edited with Hamilton colleague Robert W. T. Martin. He has also written numerous articles, book reviews and encyclopedia entries about Southern slavery and Southern intellectual life. Ambrose is a recipient of Hamilton College’s Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award.
James Bradfield is the Emeritus Professor of Economics at Hamilton College. He teaches courses in microeconomics and in the theory of financial markets. With Robert Paquette, he teaches a course on the role of property, both as a concept and as an institution, in the rise of the modern state. To an important extent, the AHI is an outgrowth of that course. Professor Bradfield has written (with Jeffrey Baldani and Robert Turner) Mathematical Economics, now published in a second edition (2005) by Thomson-Southwestern Learning, and Introduction to the Economics of Financial Markets (Oxford University Press, 2007). Known for years as an excellent teacher and academic advisor, he was awarded a prize for excellence in teaching in 2006 by the Hamilton Chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. In 2007, the Student Assembly of Hamilton College awarded him the Sidney Wertimer, Jr., prize for excellence in teaching. He is now working on a book that will explain for a lay audience what academic economists have learned about how, and how well, financial markets promote mutually beneficial exchanges.