Social Sciences


Added 11/17/21 | Location: Arkansas | Subjects: ,

Jonathan Wai is an assistant professor and the endowed chair in education policy in the department of education reform at the University of Arkansas, with a joint appointment in the schools’ psychology department. He studies educational policy, especially in STEM fields, through the lens of psychology.

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Added 09/16/21 | Location: Alabama | Subjects: ,

Henna Budhwani is an associate professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, School of Public Health. A medical sociologist, Budhwani researches the causes and effects of health disparities among populations stigmatized due to their background, health status and residence in areas that lack resources. Her recent research focuses on improving COVID-19 and HPV vaccine uptake by addressing hesitancy.

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 06/29/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: , ,

Shavonne Moore-Lobban is a licensed psychologist and training director at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Washington, D.C. campus. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma.

Added 05/04/21 | Location: Vermont | Subjects: ,

Pablo Bose, a migration and urban studies scholar, is an associate professor of geography and director of the Global and Regional Studies Program at the University of Vermont. Born in India and raised in Canada, Bose is interested in the ways that people and landscapes shape one another.

Added 03/24/21 | Location: Delaware | Subjects: , ,

Yasser Payne is an associate professor of sociology and Black American studies at the University of Delaware whose research focuses on criminal justice. Payne’s ethnographic research has looked at community violence and criminal justice in Delaware and street life in the Harlem borough of New York City.

Added 01/26/21 | Location: Mississippi | Subjects: , ,

B. Brian Foster is a writer and sociologist from Mississippi who holds a joint appointment in sociology and southern studies.

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Updated 07/20/21 | Location: Pennsylvania | Subjects: ,

Dolores Albarracín is the 28th Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor and the Alexandra Heyman Nash University Professor, with joint appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She also leads the Social Action Lab.

Added 08/24/20 | Location: Texas | Subjects: , , ,

Isabel Araiza is an associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M, Corpus Christi, where she teaches in the Mexican American and women and gender studies programs. She’s an expert on sociology and its intersections with education, social class and inequality.  Araiza spoke up against the university’s plans for in-person classes in fall 2020.

Added 07/22/20 | Location: Texas | Subjects: ,

Christen A. Smith is an associate professor of anthropology and African and African diaspora studies and the director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. She’s an expert on Black liberation and state violence against Black communities in the Americas.

Updated 03/08/21 | Location: Massachusetts | Subjects: ,

Lisa A. Fontes is a senior lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on topics related to culture and violence against intimate partners and children. Fontes is the author of the books Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship, Interviewing Clients Across Cultures, and Child Abuse and Culture.

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 02/16/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: , , ,

Anita Chandra is the vice president and director of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being and a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Previously, she was the director of the Justice, Infrastructure and Environment program at the RAND Corporation.

Updated 04/16/21 | Location: Connecticut | Subjects: , ,

Zareena Grewal is an associate professor of American studies, ethnicity, race, migration, and religious studies at Yale University. Her research and teaching interests include political and cultural developments in the Middle East and South Asia, the refugee crisis, and the reform of Islam.

Updated 04/18/21 | Location: Washington | Subjects: ,

Sapna Cheryan is a professor of social psychology at the University of Washington. Her research interests include identity, stereotypes and prejudice.

Updated 04/16/21 | Location: Illinois | Subjects: , , ,

Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education, an assistant professor in the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice, and a writer of nonfiction, poetry, comics, children’s books and plays.

Updated 04/11/21 | Location: Nevada | Subjects: ,

Kenneth Fernandez is a professor of political science at the College of Southern Nevada. Previously, he was an assistant professor of political science and policy studies at Elon University. He is an expert in survey methods, education, crime, immigration and local economic development policy.

Updated 04/17/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects:

Amelia Tseng is an expert in linguistics and an assistant professor of world languages and cultures at American University. She holds a research appointment at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Updated 04/14/21 | Location: Pennsylvania | Subjects: , , ,

Sarah J. Jackson is Presidential Associate Professor and co-director of the Media, Inequality & Change Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. She studies how media, journalism and technology are used by and represent marginalized groups, with a focus on how communication arising from Black, feminist and activist spaces contribute to U.S.

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.

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Updated 10/01/21 | Location: Utah | Subjects:

Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Utah State University. Her scholarship addresses health disparities in access, acceptability and effectiveness of treatment for ethnic and culturally diverse people. She is a former president of the National Latinx Psychology Association.

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Updated 10/01/21 | Location: California | Subjects:

Adriana Galván is the dean of undergraduate education and director of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at UCLA. She is an expert on teenage brain development, behavior and related public policy, including juvenile criminal justice. Galván’s work is centered on the emotional reactivity, learning and decision making process of adolescents.

Updated 04/02/21 | Location: Maryland | Subjects: ,

Cecily Hardaway is an assistant professor of African American studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Hardaway’s research centers on understanding how socioeconomic status influences child development and family processes. Her work examines links between poverty-related risks (e.g., exposure to community violence and material hardship) and adolescents’ socioemotional adjustment and academic achievement.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: North Carolina | Subjects: , ,

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a senior research fellow at the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life (UNC); associate faculty at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center; and 2020 MacArthur Fellow.

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 04/15/21 | Location: Michigan | Subjects: , ,

Rosario Ceballo is associate dean of social sciences and a professor of psychology and women’s and gender studies at the University of Michigan. A clinical and developmental psychologist, her research investigates the effects of living in poverty on child and adolescent development.

Updated 04/17/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects:

Jocelyn Fontaine is vice president of criminal justice research at Arnold Ventures, where she identifies research gaps and opportunities for research to inform policy reform and advance racial justice in several programmatic areas across the Criminal Justice Initiative.

Updated 06/09/21 | Location: Florida | Subjects: , ,

Guillermo Grenier is a professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies in the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University. His research has covered managerial power and worker resistance; the historical roots of managerial ideology in the U.S.

Updated 03/11/21 | Location: North Carolina | Subjects: ,

Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards is an assistant professor in medicine at Duke University, and affiliated with the Duke Global Health Initiative and the Duke Cancer Institute. Bentley-Edwards researches the experiences of youth in racial socialization primarily in Black and white youth, as well as the messages that white parents provide to their children around race.

Updated 04/10/21 | Location: California | Subjects: ,

Jennifer L. Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Eberhardt is a social psychologist who focuses on what she describes as “the stereotypical associations between blacks and crime.” She is co-director of Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions (SPARQ) at Stanford.

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 04/16/21 | 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 04/04/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , , , ,

Oliver Wang is a music writer and cultural critic whose work has been published in almost every major hip-hop magazine: The Source, XXL, Vibe, Scratch and others. He has written about race, popular culture and music for Mother Jones, Spin, The Nation and the Los Angeles Times.

Updated 04/12/21 | Location: Massachusetts | Subjects:

Keith Maddox is an associate professor of psychology at Tufts University, where he focuses on social cognitive aspects of racial stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination. His expertise in the intricacies of unconscious discrimination can shed light on how groups of people perceive and interact with each other.

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 04/11/21 | Location: Texas | Subjects: ,

Jason E. Shelton is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology and director of the Center for African American Studies at the University of Texas, Arlington. His primary research interest is the sociology of religion, but he is also well-versed in race, class and political/social attitudes in the post-civil rights era.

Updated 04/09/21 | Location: Texas | Subjects: , ,

Jared A. Montoya is a professor and associate dean of leadership studies at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. His research on multicultural counseling, employment discrimination, misperception and Hispanic health has been presented at a number of professional conferences.

Updated 04/08/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , , ,

Sherine Hafez is a professor and the chair of the Gender and Sexuality Studies department at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on Islamic movements and gender studies in Arab and Middle Eastern cultures.

Updated 12/07/21 | Location: Massachusetts | Subjects: , ,

Rey Junco is the senior director of innovation at Healogix, a consulting agency that works with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to market their products.

Updated 03/10/21 | Location: Massachusetts | Subjects: , ,

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco was named chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in 2021. Previously, he was dean and professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Before that, he taught globalization and education at New York University and human development and psychology at Harvard University.

Updated 04/04/21 | Location: Maryland | Subjects: , , ,

Claudia Galindo is an associate professor of education policy at the University of Maryland, College Park’s College of Education. She spoke to NPR’s Claudio Sanchez in 2013 about the academic shortcomings of Latino children compared to their white counterparts.

Updated 01/08/21 | Location: Pennsylvania | Subjects: ,

Malik Washington is the director of Penn Violence Prevention at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he served as the executive director and CEO of the William Kellibrew Foundation, a community-driven advocacy organization “dedicated to breaking the cycles of violence and poverty.

Updated 01/11/21 | Location: Massachusetts | Subjects: , , , ,

Dr. Raynard Kington is the Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. Previously, Kington served as the president of Grinnell College from 2010 to 2020. Kington’s research interests are in “socioeconomics and race and how they impact health and health care.” Kington holds a bachelor’s of science and an M.D.

Updated 04/04/21 | Location: Georgia | Subjects: , ,

Beverly Tatum is a psychologist, a leader in higher education and an expert on the psychology of racism. Tatum is president emerita of Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts college for women in Atlanta.

Updated 04/03/21 | Location: Pennsylvania | Subjects: , , ,

Marc Lamont Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities and Solutions at Temple University. He is the host of BET News and has appeared on Fox, CNN and MSNBC as a political and cultural commentator.