John Lehr is a professor in the Geography Department at the University of Winnipeg. His research interests focus on the historical geography of agricultural settlement in Western Canada. He is particularly interested in frontier settlement and in the processes of migration, cultural transfer and community formation by ethnic and religious groups in newly settled regions. He is the author of Community and Frontier: A Ukrainian Settlement in the Canadian Parkland; co-author (with David McDowell) of Trailblazers: The Lives and Times of Michael and Muriel (Smith) Ewanchuk; and co-author (with Yossi Katz) of The Last Best West: Essays on the Historical Geography of the Canadian Prairies.
Yossi Katz is a full professor in Geography at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He holds the Chair for the Study of the History and Activities of the Jewish National Fund. He specializes in the modern history of Israel, Zionism, the process of Jewish settlement in Israel, and the Hutterite colonies settlement process in North America. He has published 23 books including: The Business of Settlement: Private Entrepreneurship in the Jewish Settlement of Palestine, 1900-1914 (1994); Partner to Partition: The Jewish Agency's Partition Plan in the Mandate Era (1998); Between Jerusalem and Hebron: Jewish Settlement in the Pre-State Period (1999, 2nd printing, 2003); The Last Best West: Essays on the Historical Geography of the Canadian Prairies (with J.L. Lehr, 1999); The Religious Kibbutz Movement in the Land of Israel (1999, 2nd printing 2003); The Battle for the Land: The History of the Jewish National Fund (2005); Forgotten Property: What Became of the Assets in Israel of Holocaust Victims (Hebrew, 2002); The Forsaken: Israel, the Reparations Agreement and the Question of Compensation and Restitutions for the Holocaust Survivors (Hebrew, 2009).