Howard S. Becker taught at numerous universities and authored many books, including Tricks of the Trade, Outsiders, and Art Worlds. He was editor of Social Problems and past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Blanche Geer was professor of sociology at Northeastern University and Brandeis University. She served as associate editor of Social Problems and The Sociology of Education. Everett C. Hughes was professor of sociology at Boston College and The University of Chicago. He is the author of French Canada in Transition, Men and Their Work, and Where Peoples Meet. Anselm L. Strauss (1916–1996) was professor of sociology and chair of the department of social and behavioral sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. He is internationally recognized for his efforts in the fields of medical sociology and the developer, with Barney Glaser, of grounded theory.