General editor Thomas M. Leonard, Ph.D., is distinguished university professor and director of the International Studies Program at the University of North Florida. Leonard received a bachelor's degree from Mt. St. Mary's University, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. from American University. Among Leonard's publications are The United States and Central America; Panama, the Canal and the United States; and Latin America During World War II. He also edited The Seventies and The Forties in Facts On File's Day by Day series.
J. Michael Francis, Ph.D., associate professor of Latin American history at the University of North Florida, earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge. He serves as book review editor for the journal Ethnohistory and has published several books on Latin American history, including Invading Colombia and Politics, Murder, and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida.
Mark A. Burkholder, Ph.D., is professor of history at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He received an M.A. from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in history from Duke University. He is the coauthor of the award-winning textbook Colonial Latin America, Sixth Edition; author of Politics of a Colonial Career: José Baquíjano and the Audiencia of Lima; and coauthor of From Impotence to Authority: The Spanish Crown and the American Audiencias, 1687–1808, among other books and articles.
Monica A. Rankin, Ph.D., is assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas. She received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and is the author of ¡México, la patria! Modernity, National Unity, and Propaganda during World War II. Rankin is director of the University of Arizona's summer program in Oaxaca, Mexico.