Julie Hughes earned her PhD in South Asian history from the University of Texas at Austin. She has published with Harvard University Press, in various academic journals, and in the popular press on topics ranging from tiger hunting in colonial India through Black history in Wilton, Connecticut. She is archivist at the Wilton History Room and the Dave Brubeck Collection, and volunteer archivist at the Gilbert & Bennett Mfg. Co. Collection in Redding and at the Lyme Local History Archives. Originally from Seattle, she now lives in Newtown with her husband and slightly too many cats.