Robert Nisbet, an American sociologist, received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley and taught at Columbia University before moving to the University of California at Riverside. Known for his fine scholarship and conservative ideology, Nisbet has been a consultant to such groups as the American Enterprise Institute and has been a libertarian promoter of cultural pluralism. Nisbet has done considerable work in researching the history and development of Western sociological thought. His areas of personal interest have also included the classical social theorists, modernization and social thought, and community and society.
Brad L. Stone is a professor in, and Director of, American Studies in the Department of Sociology at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia.