Melissa J. Gismondi is a writer and journalist, who holds a PhD in American history from the University of Virginia. Her writing has appeared in major media outlets, including The Washington Post, Salon, Toronto Star, and The Walrus, among others. As a radio and podcast producer, she contributes to national network programs on CBC Radio and the podcast BackStory. She splits her time between Toronto and Charlottesville, Virginia. Gismondi was selected as a Writers' Trust Rising Star by Charlotte Gray.