Catherine M. Cameron is a professor of
anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder. An
archaeologist, she studies captives in prehistory and works in the
American Southwest. She edited the book Invisible Citizens:
Captives and Their Consequences.
Paul Kelton is a professor of history and a member of the executive board of the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Epidemics and Enslavement: Biological Catastrophe in the Native Southeast, 1492-1715 and Cherokee Medicine, Colonial Germs: An Indigenous Nation's Fight against Smallpox, 1518-1824.
Alan C. Swedlund is a professor emeritus and former chair of the Anthropology Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of Shadows in the Valley: A Cultural History of Illness, Death, and Loss in New England, 1840-1916.
"An essential volume, not only for American archaeologists and
historians, but for all scholars interested in the complex
interplay of disease and colonialism in global history.
Highlighting human agency, Beyond Germs offers compelling
new analysis and haunting conclusions."-Christina Snyder, author of
Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in
"This edited volume represents a long overdue reevaluation of a central issue in American archaeology, history, and anthropology-the evidence and implications of catastrophic population declines among indigenous peoples in the New World."-Michael Wilcox, author of The Pueblo Revolt and the Mythology of Conquest: An Indigenous Archaeology of Contact
"An excellent addition to a growing literature that challenges the 'virgin soil' hypothesis and shows its wide exaggeration."-Choice