Michael Atkinson is a sociologist and Associate Professor in the Physical Education and Health Department at the University of Toronto, where he teaches policy studies and research methods in sport, exercise, and physical culture. He is the author and coauthor of seven books, including Deconstructing Men and Masculinities; Deviance and Social Control in Sport; and Tattooed: The Sociogenesis of a Body Art. His research has appeared in The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology; Youth and Society; and The International Review of the Sociology of Sport, among others. Atkinson has lectured internationally and served in various editorial capacities for a number of scholarly journals, including Leisure Studies and Sport in Society.
Doris Bergen is Professor of Educational Psychology at Miami University in Ohio. She chaired the department for ten years and is currently codirector of the university’s Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology. She has published scores of articles and essays and is author, coauthor, or editor of seven books, including Assessment Methods for Infants and Toddlers: Transdisciplinary Team Approaches; Educating and Caring for Very Young Children: The Infant/Toddler Curriculum; Play from Birth to Twelve: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings; Human Development: Traditional and Contemporary Theories; and Brain Research and Childhood Education: Implications for Educators. Darrel Davis, a specialist in instructional technology, serves as Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at Miami University. His coauthored articles have appeared in Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Journal of Engineering Education. He has taught and presented papers on human behavior, psychological foundations of learning, and Web-related instruction in the United States, Canada, and Belize.
Scott Eberle is Vice President for Play Studies at The Strong and editor of the American Journal of Play. An intellectual historian, he has developed dozens of exhibits for The Strong’s National Museum of Play, lectured widely on historical interpretation, and contributed articles to the Journal of Museum Education, Death Studies, and History News. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of four books, including Classic Toys of the National Toy Hall of Fame: A Celebration of the Greatest Toys of All Time! Currently he is coediting Handbook of the Study of Play, slated for publication in 2014.
Careen Yarnal is Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Pennsylvania State University. Her current research interests include adult play and positive aging, women’s leisure across the lifespan, and college students’ use of leisure time. She has contributed coauthored articles to Ageing and Society; Leisure Studies; Leisure Sciences; Annals of Leisure Research; and the Journal of Leisure Research. She serves currently as Associate Editor for the Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Research. Xinyi Qian is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation focuses on leisure time as a coping resource, and she has contributed coauthored articles to Leisure, Annals of Leisure Research, and Journal of Leisure Research.