An Atlantic senior editor and writer, Coates has penned many influential articles including "Fear of a Black President," one of the most profound pieces written about the presidency of Barack Obama. Coates is a former writer for The Village Voice, and a contributor to Time, O, and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir of growing up in Baltimore during the age of crack. In 2012, Coates was awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.
Matthew Lieberman is the author of Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect (Crown, 2013). Lieberman is a Professor of Psychology at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and a Director of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at UCLA. His research interests are social cognitive neuroscience, neural bases of automatic and controlled social cognition and affect, beural bases of personality, neural bases of social perception and self-schemas, common neural bases of social rejection an physical pain.