New York City


Added 07/06/21 | Location: Georgia, New York | Subjects:

Sarah Phillips is a linguistics Ph.D. student at New York University. She’s an expert on code-switching — alternating languages or language varieties in a single conversation — and bilingual language processing and development. Phillips grew up speaking African American English and Korean with her family. This informed her interest in code-switching in early bilingual development.

Added 06/22/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Jawanza Williams is a social justice activist and the director of organizing for VOCAL-NY, a grassroots organization that advocates for social reform. He is a founding member of the Afrosocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus, a division of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Added 03/30/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

AC Dumlao is a queer/bi+ transgender non-binary activist and educator who focuses on centering and uplifting underrepresented communities. Dumlao is the program manager at the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) and the creator of the Facebook social justice community page “Call Me They.

Updated 04/21/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Currently a contributing writer at The Nation, Wilfred Chan previously worked in Hong Kong for CNN International covering the 2014 Umbrella Movement and its aftermath. He can offer insight on the future of protest, free speech and democracy in Hong Kong under the new national security law.

Added 05/04/20 | Location: Illinois, New York | Subjects:

Dr. Aletha Maybank is the first chief health equity officer of the American Medical Association and one of its vice presidents. Her role is to oversee efforts across the entire organization to address disparities in health care, and she leads the association’s Center for Health Equity.

Updated 04/02/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Mutale Nkonde is an artificial intelligence policy analyst and a fellow at both the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab.

Added 05/02/18 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Jamal Green is the Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches constitutional law, law of the political process, First Amendment, and federal courts. Prior to his current role, Greene served as a law clerk to the Hon. Guido Calabresi on the U.S.

Updated 04/16/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Rashid Khalidi is Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was president of the Middle East Studies Association. His research has focused on the history and political situation of the Middle East, with a particular focus on Palestine and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Updated 04/16/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Chye-Ching Huang is the executive director of the Tax Law Center at NYU Law. Previously, she was the deputy director of Federal Tax Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities where she focused on the fiscal and economic effects of federal tax policy.

Added 11/08/17 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Nicholas Johnson is a professor at the Fordham University School of Law. His research is primarily focused on firearms law and the Second Amendment. He is the author of Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms and Firearms Law & the Second Amendment; Regulation, Rights, and Policy.

Updated 04/02/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Magdalena Cerdá is an associate professor and director of the Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s department of population health. Previously, she was an associate professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of California, Davis.

Updated 04/16/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Elizabeth OuYang is a civil rights attorney and advocate. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and New York University’s College of Arts and Science. Her areas of expertise include voting, immigration, media accountability, and combating hate crimes and police brutality.

Updated 07/28/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Dior Vargas is an activist and spokesperson with expertise in mental health, especially in communities of color. She works with schools, organizations and companies to discuss self-care, wellness, and related topics, and aims to normalize conversations about mental health.

Added 08/10/17 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Hussein Rashid is the founder of islamicate, L3C- a consultancy focused on religious liberty and cultural competency. He is an expert on Shi’i justice theology, South and Central Asian studies, and Muslim and American popular culture.

Updated 04/11/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Bindu Kalesan is an assistant professor of medicine and director of the Center for Clinical Translational Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Previously, she was an assistant professor of surgery and epidemiology at Columbia University.

Updated 04/26/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Nicole Hernandez Hammer is the environmental scientist at UPROSE. Her work focuses on the mobilization of the Latino community to better understand and address climate change, and she speaks across the country on climate change, environmental justice issues, and her experiences as a Guatemalan immigrant.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Dalia Fahmy is an associate professor of political science at Long Island University, where she teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and politics of the Middle East. Fahmy has won several academic awards and fellowships for her research.

Updated 04/11/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Michael Wahid Hanna is a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank that seeks to reduce inequality and promote security at home and abroad. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Reiss Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law.

Updated 04/17/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Yasmeen Hassan is the global executive director of Equality Now, an NGO dedicated to protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls around the world.

Updated 04/11/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Charlton McIlwain is vice provost for faculty engagement and development and a professor of media, culture and communication at New York University. His research interests include issues at the intersection of race and media, particularly as it relates to how different forms of digital media have enhanced and/or inhibited political participation among people of color.

Updated 04/11/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Silvia L. Mazzula is an associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York (CUNY). Her research focuses on “cultural responsive science,” particularly racial trauma, diverse academic pipeline development, and Latinx mental health.

Updated 04/10/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Shirley Leyro is a criminologist and an assistant professor of social sciences, human services and criminal justice at Borough of Manhattan Community College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Her research focuses on criminal law and immigration.

Updated 04/22/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Daisy Auger-Dominguez is a human capital executive and expert on diversity, equity and inclusion. She’s the chief people officer at VICE Media Group, where she leads the global human resources organization; diversity, equity and inclusion strategies; and social impact practices.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Ramona Ortega is the founder and CEO of My Money My Future, a mission-driven financial tech company that empowers young women and people of color to manage their money with confidence.

Added 02/18/16 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Arun Sundararajan is a professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He is an affiliated faculty member at NYU’s Center for Urban Science+Progress and Center for Data Science. Sundararajan’s research program studies how digital technologies transform business and society.

Updated 04/17/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Diana Hernández is an associate professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is an expert on community-based health care, minority health, environmental risk factors and urban health. She focuses her work on the social and environmental determinants of health in vulnerable populations.

Updated 04/16/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Patricia Valoy is a STEM advocate and feminist writer. She is an expert on feminism, gender stereotypes and workplace sexism. She is an engineer, and writes on a variety of issues facing women of color in male-dominated STEM careers. She is a writer and speaker for Soapbox Inc. and Everyday Feminism.

Added 12/27/15 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Stella Flores is associate dean for faculty development and diversity and an associate professor of higher education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Giannina Segnini is the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Professional Practice in Data Journalism and director of the Master of Science Data Journalism Program at Columbia Journalism School. Her research focuses on using data to investigate across borders.

Updated 04/21/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Farha Aslam is the founder and managing partner of Crescent House Capital, a consultancy serving the agriculture, energy, and food processing industries. She is an expert on the food and agriculture business. Previously, Aslam led Stephens Inc.

Updated 04/13/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Zhan Guo is an associate professor of urban planning and transportation policy at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Guo studies travel behavior and looks for ways to influence decision-making to produce better social outcomes such as reduced congestion and carbon emissions.

Updated 04/21/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Dr. Wendy Chung is a clinical and molecular geneticist and the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University. Her work is in human genetic research, looking at diseases such as breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, inherited arrhythmias, obesity, diabetes and autism, among others.

Updated 04/12/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Van C. Tran is an associate professor of sociology at the City University of New York who studies the integration of immigrants and their children, ethnic and racial categories, diversity and intergroup relations, neighborhood gentrification, and urban poverty and social inequality.

Updated 04/21/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Syreeta McFadden is a writer and professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. Her work deals largely with gender, politics, race and culture, and explores the cultural narratives of communities.

Updated 04/04/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Mina Kimes is an NFL analyst, senior writer, podcast host and television contributor for ESPN. Previously, she was a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where she wrote features and a column about the business and culture of sports.

Updated 04/17/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Daniel José Older writes young adult science fiction and fantasy, including the Bone Street Rumba and Shadowshaper Cypher series. He is a lead story architect for the comic book series Star Wars: The High Republic.

Updated 04/23/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Humera Khan is the executive director of Muflehun, a think tank specializing in preventing radicalization and countering violent extremism (CVE). She designs and implements CVE-specific and CVE-relevant programs for prevention, intervention and interdiction of violent extremism.

Updated 07/21/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Faiza Patel is the co-director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to ensure U.S. counterterrorism laws and policies respect human rights and freedoms. Her portfolio includes projects on social media surveillance by police, schools and governments, policing and technology, and secret law.

Updated 04/11/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Inimai Chettiar is federal director for the Justice Action Network, an organization dedicated to criminal justice reform. She launched Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, an effort to organize police and prosecutors to join the justice reform movement.

Updated 04/22/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Hisham Aidi is a senior lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His research focuses on migration and transnational movements, African migration into Europe, and race and ethnicity in Northwest Africa.

Updated 04/19/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Dorian T. Warren is a progressive organizer advocating for social, economic and racial change. He is the co-president of Community Change and the Co-Chair of the Economic Security Project. He also co-hosts the System Check podcast. He writes and speaks extensively on inequality, American politics, labor, political development and social movements.

Updated 04/09/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Sheena Iyengar is the S.T. Lee Professor of Business at Columbia University. Iyengar is one of the country’s top experts on choice — how people perceive it and how they respond to it. Her award-winning book The Art of Choosing looks at what shapes our decision-making and the far-reaching consequences of our choices.

Updated 04/18/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , , ,

Farai Chideya is an award-winning author and journalist with more than 20 years of experience combining media, technology and diversity. She is creator and host of the podcast Our Body Politic and a program officer with the Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression team.

Updated 04/16/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Jennifer Lee is the Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University and former president of the Eastern Sociological Society. She focuses on the intersection of immigration and race/ethnicity, as well as social inequality and Asian American studies.  Lee’s work addresses the implications of contemporary U.S.

Updated 04/22/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Jason King is chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an associate professor. He was the Institute’s founding full-time faculty member, and has served in leadership positions there since.

Updated 04/05/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Imara Jones is the creator of TransLash Media, a cross-platform journalism, personal storytelling and narrative project that aims to shift the current culture of hostility toward transgender people in the U.S.

Updated 02/10/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Christina Greer is an associate professor of political science at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus. Her research and teaching focus on American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, quantitative methods, Congress, New York city and state politics, campaigns and elections, and public opinion.

Updated 04/21/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Carl Hart is the Ziff Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and an expert on substance abuse and addiction. He has spent much of his career studying the interaction of the environmental, neurobiological and psychological factors that influence human behavior.

Updated 04/10/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Keith Boykin is a CNN political commentator. Previously, he was an MSNBC commentator, CNBC contributor and BET.com columnist. He was the editor of The Daily Voice from 2008-2012 and was the host of the BET television show My Two Cents from 2006-2008.

Updated 04/09/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Lorella Praeli is vice president of Community Change. Previously, she was deputy national political director at the ACLU, where she fought to defend and expand the rights of immigrants and refugees. She mobilized the Latinx vote as Hillary Clinton’s national Latino vote director and served as United We Dream’s director of advocacy and policy.

Updated 04/20/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Laura Martinez, a Mexico City native, is a journalist and editor specializing in Spanish-language marketing, media and advertising. She is currently director of communications at Azul, an organization working with Latinos to conserve marine resources. Martinez has lived and worked as a journalist in Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires and the United States.

Updated 04/08/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Mae Ngai is the Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and professor of history at Columbia University. She was previously a labor-union organizer and educator in New York City, working for District 65-UAW and the Consortium for Worker Education.

Updated 01/16/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Galina Espinoza is the president and editor in chief of Rewire.News, where she leads a team of editors and journalists reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice. She has held executive roles at NBC News and People, and is the former editorial director of Latina Media Ventures.

Updated 01/11/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Jamilah King is a race and justice reporter at Mother Jones and hosts the weekly Mother Jones podcast on national politics. She also wrote and edited at the daily news website Colorlines.com, WireTap Magazine and YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Majora Carter is a real estate developer, urban revitalization strategy consultant, MacArthur Fellow and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of numerous economic development projects, technology and green-infrastructure projects, and job training and placement systems.

Updated 04/03/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Felicia Joy is a behavioral scientist and strategic corporate affairs leader who has worked in public relations and marketing. Joy serves as the executive vice president and U.S. head of behavioral science, corporate advisory and transformation at the marketing firm Edelman.