Author of The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic that Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics, Stephen Coss grew up in East Haven and North Haven, Connecticut and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has worked as an advertising agency copywriter and creative director in Chicago, Detroit, and Madison, Wisconsin, where he currently resides. When he isn’t researching and writing history or working in marketing communications he serves as a Wisconsin election official. He and his wife have four sons and an African Grey Parrot named Frankie. The Fever of 1721 is his first book.