Notes on Contributors

Charles Bayer has been a pastor and theological professor in the United States and Australia. He and Wendy live at Pilgrim Place Claremont, CA.  He currently serves on two not-for-profit boards, writes a weekly widely circulated political column, and is a watercolor artist. He is also a former member of a Claremont City committee dealing with hate crimes and hate incidents.

Bob Gerecke (BG) retired from Los Angeles County service as Principal Welfare Fiscal Analyst. His last assignment had been as staff for 5 years to the Citizens' Economy and Efficiency Commission. Having been an active investor since the 1960's, after retirement he worked for 6 years in the financial industry as a stockbroker with an insurance license. He continues to monitor economic and investment issues, and they are the primary focus of his writing, although he occasionally strays into other topics, especially when the issue reflects a battle between "All for one, and one for all" vs. "Every man for himself". He was a political activist in the 1960's and has resumed his activism since his second retirement, including being a founding member of the Institute's Board.

Ivan Light is a Professor of Sociology (Emeritus) at UCLA and is a founding member of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy. He is past President of the International Migration section of the American Sociological Association, a recipient of that group’s career achievement award, and the author of five books about immigration. He has recently published a novel about the sinking of the Lusitania (Deadly Secret of the Lusitania), recounting the British and American propaganda about that sinking which helped cause our entry into the disastrous World War I.

Bill Meulemans, after a long tenure as Professor of Political Science at Southern Oregon University, accepted a post as Professor of Politics in Northern Ireland at The Queens University Belfast – after a decade there he returned to the US as Professor of Political Science at Portland State University.  He has specialized in studying conflicts in Israel, Northern Ireland the US. His published works include Making Political Choices: An Introduction to Politics, Belfast:  Both Sides Now!  Forthcoming this year will be Inside the Left and the Right: Why the Political Divide?   Over and above his university work, he was a staff aide in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Committee on Education and Labor, has served on many boards and commissions in the United States and Northern Ireland, been a political consultant in more than 100 political campaigns, and served as a political organizer for several federal and state funded agencies.

Roger Niesen describes himself as “just a guy who tries to pay attention and understand”.  His life has carried him from the West Coast to the East Coast and back again.

Merrill Ring (MR) is Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus) at California State University, Fullerton – he is a member of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy board and is the editor of Progressive Democracy. He has edited the volumes Pithy Progressive PolemicsPolitical Ideas and Criticism from Progressive Democracy 2011-2014 and Leftward Ho!: Political Ideas and Criticism from Progressive Democracy 2011-2014.

Andy Winnick is Professor of Economics and Statistics, California State University Los Angeles and has been a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisors.    He is the President of the American Institute for Progressive Democracy. 

Robert Wolf  is a physicist, with a PhD in the field from MIT, who has been a Professor of Physics at Harvey Mudd College since 1963.  At Harvey Mudd, he developed and taught the Energy and the Environment class and developed and led the Claremont Colleges’ Program in Public Policy Studies.