Michael G. Long is an associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College and is the author or editor of numerous books on civil rights, religion, and politics, including We the Resistance: Documenting A History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States; Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography; Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers; Gay Is Good: The Life and Letters of Gay Rights Pioneer Franklin Kameny; Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball; Martin Luther King, Jr., Homosexuality, and the Early Gay Rights Movement; I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters; Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall; First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson; The Legacy of Billy Graham; Billy Graham and the Beloved Community; and Against Us, But for Us: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the State.
Long's first book on Jackie Robinson--First Class Citizenship (Times Books)--was selected as a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, and received critical acclaim in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, Ebony/Jet, and other major media outlets. Long served as an expert historian for Ken Burns's documentary on Jackie Robinson.
Long has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the Afro, Huffington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and his work has been featured or reviewed in or on NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, USA Today, Salon, CNN, Bookforum, Ebony/Jet, and other newspapers and journals.
Long has spoken at Fenway Park, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Library of Congress, the National Museum of American History, the National Archives, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the City Club of San Diego, the Schomberg Center of the New York Public Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the New-York Historical Society, among other places, and he has appeared on PBS, C-Span, and National Public Radio.
He is currently completing two book projects: one on Julian Bond, and the other on transgender rights pioneer Phyllis Frye.
Long lives in Lower Allen Township in Pennsylvania.