Annemarie Jordan Gschwend, author, specializes in the Habsburg and Portuguese Renaissance courts. Her doctoral thesis (Brown University, 1994) explored the court, household and collections of Catherine of Austria, Queen of Portugal (1507-1578). Her recent scholarship has concerned the sisters, wives, daughters and aunts of Emperor Charles V, Philip II and Maximilian II. Dr. Jordan Gshwend's publications include Retrato de Corte em Portugal. O legado de António Moro (1552-1572), Lisbon: Quetzal Editores, 1994. She recently curated Ivories from Ceylon: Luxury Goods of the Renaissance at the Museum Rietberg in Zurich, Switzerland, and coordinated a three-year research funded by the Getty Foundation on the artistic and political role of the Imperial Ambassador in late 16th century Spain, Baron Hans Khevenküller. A biography on the life, court and collection of Catherine of Austria is expected January 2012, published in Lisbon, Portugal by Círculo de Leitores.
Deborah Larkin, designer, is a principal in the Philadelphia -based Kramer & Larkin, a graphic design firm. The recipient of numerous graphic design awards, she is also an adjunct faculty member at Moore College of Design.
Laura Garnick Bellet, editor, has produced publications for a wide range of academic, non-profit and coporate clients. She began her career as a magazine editor with McCall's and Ladies' Home Journal in New York City. Ms. Bellet holds a bachelor's degree from Tufts University and a master's degree from Drexel University.