Michael David Cohen, editor of the James K. Polk Project, is a research associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Cohen has published essays about Polk in The New England Quarterly, The Federalist, and Scribner’s America in the World, 1776 to the Present. He has appeared in a radio documentary about Sarah Childress Polk, the president’s wife, on the Voice of America. On March 1, 2016, he delivered the Annual Presidential Lecture at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva. Before joining the Polk Project in 2009, Dr. Cohen worked at the Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony at Rutgers University. He is the author of Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War (University of Virginia Press, 2012), which won the 2014 Critics’ Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association and the 2014 Linda Eisenmann Prize from the History of Education Society. Recently he published an article in The Good Society about the American Woman’s Republic.
Phillip Gaul, editorial assistant for the Polk Project, is a first-year graduate student in history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He studies Colonial America in the Atlantic World. Mr. Gaul received his B.A. in history and psychology from UT Knoxville. He has worked as a consultant on television shows such as Sleepy Hollow and Turn: Washington Spies and has given presentations on the American Revolution at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park. His areas of interest include gender, propaganda, psychological warfare, class, and race relations during the American Revolution.