Jacob S. Hacker is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University. A Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, he is the author of "The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream", "The Divided Welfare State, "and, with Paul Pierson, of "American Amnesia: The Forgotten Roots of Our Prosperity"; "Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class"; "Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy." He has appeared recently on "The NewsHour, MSNBC, All Things Considered, "and "Marketplace." He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Paul Pierson is a professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author or coauthor of several books, including Dismantling the Welfare State? and Winner-Take-All Politics.