General editor Rodney P. Carlisle earned a B.A. in history from Harvard University and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a former chair of the history department at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, where he taught for more that 30 years, specializing in 20th-century history. Carlisle in now professor emeritus there. He has written and edited many articles and more than 10 books on history, including The Thirties in Facts On File's Day by Day series.Carlisle, Rodney P. is the author of 'Contemporary America: 1970 to The Present (Handbook to Life in America)', published 2009 under ISBN 9780816071821 and ISBN 0816071829.