Logan Mohtashami

Logan Mohtashami is an expert on the housing market and a lead data analyst at housingwire.com, a trade publication for mortgage, real estate and housing professionals. He writes on housing and mortgage rate trends.

Mohtashami has contributed to and been quoted in Bloomberg Business. According to his website, he has been invited to speak by AmeriCatalyst, the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Women in Real Estate Business. He has written about the economic forecast for the 2021 housing market, the impact of the pandemic on housing and concerns about a possible housing bubble

Previously, Mohtashami was a senior lending officer at AMC Lending Group, a mortgage services company based in California.

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Housing data analyst, housingwire.com

Expertise Fields: Housing market, housing policy, mortgages, forbearance, housing trends

Based in: Irvine, Ca

Contact information:

Email: amclending@aol.com
Phone (o): 949-387-6389
Phone (c): 949-291-8293

You can listen to Mr. Mohtashami speak to Bloomberg about the housing market below.

Added March 2021.

Anup Malani

Dr. Anup Malani is an economist who holds professorships at the University of Chicago’s law school and medical school. He also holds research positions at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California and the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Malani’s expertise spans a variety of health, economic and legal issues. His health economics research focuses on health care, epidemics, medical development and innovation, placebo effects and American health insurance. He works on COVID-19 research in India and countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, determining the extent of underreported cases in the general population as well as providing policy guidance to governments on vaccination. Malani’s development economics research has concentrated on policy to improve slums globally.

He also conducts research on law and economics, including work on the legal implications of blockchain and cryptocurrency. You can see all of his research publications on his university page.

Additionally, Malani is an editor at the Journal of Law and Economics and the author of two books: The Future of Healthcare Reform in the United States and Extending the Cure: Policy Responses to the Growing Threat of Antibiotic Resistance. He has a Ph.D. in economics and a J.D., both from University of Chicago.

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Professor, University of Chicago

Expertise fields: Economics, the law and economics, health economics, blockchain, control of infectious disease, health and development in India

Based in: Chicago, Illinois

Contact information:

Email: amalani@uchicago.edu

You can listen to Dr. Anup Malani below.

Added in February 2021.

Kishana Taylor

Dr. Kishana Taylor is a postdoctoral researcher of virology at Carnegie Mellon University and the co-founder and president of the Black Microbiologists Association. Her current work looks at the role of two types of white blood cells — monocytes and macrophages — in the development of severe COVID-19. Previously, she researched how influenza changes through reassortment, in which the genetic material of viruses mix. Reassortment between mammalian and avian influenza viruses gave rise to the pandemics of 1957, 1968 and 2009.

Her research interests also include how viruses evolve, especially those transmitted by insects, and how viruses interact with their hosts and vectors. She advocates for studying emerging infectious disease and pandemic preparedness through the lens of social justice and racial equity.

Taylor has an interdisciplinary biomedical sciences Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, with a focus on disease ecology. She also holds a master’s in public health microbiology and emerging infectious disease.

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Virologist, Carnegie Mellon University

Expertise Fields:  Virology, COVID-19, influenza, public health microbiology, virus reassortment, virus mutation, insect-borne disease

Based in: Teaneck, NJ and Pittsburgh, PA

Contact Information:

Email: KishanaTaylorPhd@gmail.com
Twitter: @kyt_thatsme

Added February 2021.

Holly Guise

 Dr. Holly Miowak Guise is an assistant professor of history at the University of New Mexico. An Iñupiaq Alaska Native, she is an expert in Indigenous U.S. history (with a focus on World War II-era Alaskan history) and the growing movement within modern day Indigenous activists called Rematriation, the practice of returning ideas, things and practices to their original, natural context as a form of cultural healing.

Guise has been working on a digital humanities project that features oral histories from Native elders, veterans and Unangan internment survivors. In 2008, she began traveling throughout Alaska to interview dozens of veterans to uncover forgotten or overlooked aspects of WWII history. In 2013, she pivoted to interviewing Alaska Native elders about their memories of WWII-era Alaska as service members, civilians and children. 

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development named Guise one of its “40 Under 40” Native leaders making significant impacts within their communities. 

You can listen to Dr. Guise speak here.

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Professor of History, University of New Mexico

Expertise Fields: Indigenous American history, World War II Pacific history, Alaska history, segregation, race and ethnicity, Native relocation and internment camps, Native women’s history, and Indigenous military service during WWII, Alaska Native activist Elizabeth Peratrovich

Based in: Albuquerque, NM

Contact Info:

Email: hguise@unm.edu 
Phone: 505-277-2451
Twitter: @hollyguise 

Added February 2021.

Crystal Burwell

Dr. Crystal Burwell is a mental health counselor who specializes in treating young people suffering from depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. As a director of Newport Academy, a youth mental health clinic in Atlanta, Ga., Burwell focuses on systemic and environmental factors.

Previously, Burwell ran eating disorder programs as well as a substance abuse and mental health program for court-mandated clients in Georgia. A former athlete, she also works with sports psychology services.

Burwell has a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in counselor education with a focus on clinical mental health. Since 2013, she has partnered with the National Board for Certified Counselors to provide training for the Minority Fellowship Program, the goal of which is to increase diversity throughout the counseling profession. 

Burwell has spoken to local radio and on podcasts about brain-based disorders, eating disorders in minority communities, and trauma bonds.

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Director of Outpatient Services at Newport Academy

Expertise field: depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, youth mental health, substance abuse

Location: Atlanta, GA

Contact Information:

Email: NewportAcademy@5wpr.com, drburwellspeaks@gmail.com
Phone: (404) 490-2883

Added January 2021.

B. Brian Foster

Dr. B. Brian Foster is a writer who holds a joint appointment in sociology and southern studies at the University of Mississippi. Foster studies and writes about race and place—with special emphasis on questions and stories of racial stratification, regional development, and culture. His scholarship has been supported by the National Science Foundation and American Sociological Association. Most recently, his work has focused on black communities in the “Delta” and “Hill Country” regions of Mississippi.

Foster’s book “I Don’t Like the Blues: Race, Place, and the Backbeat of Black Life” (2020) chronicles the inclusion of blues tourism in the economic development plan of Clarksdale, Mississippi, and the Black residents’ negative response. He has also published writing on “rap-centered aspirations among young Black males” and the University of Mississippi’s state flag. 

Foster also serves as the Director of the Mississippi Hill Country Oral History Collective, an archive of the histories of Black and other marginalized communities across the 30-county Mississippi Hill Country region.

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Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies, University of Mississippi

Expertise Field: Rural US South (especially Black communities in regions of Mississippi), racial stratification, regional development

Location: Oxford, Mississippi

Contact information:

Phone: 662-610-7783
Email: b.brian.foster@gmail.com
Twitter: @bbrianfoster

Added January 2021.

Sarah Aarons

Dr. Sarah Aarons is an earth scientist and assistant professor in San Diego who can speak about the effects of global climate change, the patterns of weather throughout history and decolonizing science. Decolonization efforts are designed to counteract the overrepresentation and dominance of white European values and ideas in numerous disciplines. As an Iñupiaq (Alaska Native) woman born and raised in Alaska, Aarons’s growing awareness of her matrilineal homeland’s struggles with climate change greatly influenced her choice of career. 

She works in the Geosciences Research Division of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego where Aarons uses chemistry to determine the origins of soil and sediment generation. She received her bachelor’s degree in Geological and Environmental Science from Stanford University and her master’s degree and PhD in Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Michigan.

Aarons’s personal ties to the subject make her especially qualified to discuss climate change in polar regions and the potential effects of new weather patterns. Aarons is also working to understand how land use today may impact the sediment travels of tomorrow and where nutrients may be redistributed in the future.

Greater attention is being paid to not only the quality of the soil beneath us, but also to the makeup of sediments that travel in the air. Sediments can travel for miles across oceans, revealing information about global weather patterns based on the origins of the soil. 

Aarons received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 40 under 40 award and was named a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. She currently serves on the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Diversity and Inclusion Leadership team and is one of less than 60 Native American and Alaska Native individuals with PhDs in Earth science. She has presented her research nationally and internationally. 

Location: San Diego, CA

Expertise Field: 

Climate, decolonizing science, polar regions, dust, ice, tracing weathering and geologic history, using isotope systems in tracing, geochemistry, tracing origins and transport pathways of ancient dust, tracking modern dust sources and nutrient composition

Contact information:

Email: smaarons@ucsd.edu 

Phone: 650-521-5008

Twitter: @SarahAarons

Last updated January 23, 2021

Marsha Jones

Marsha Jones is a grassroots organizer and health educator, as well as the co-founder and executive director of The Afiya Center, the only reproductive justice organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black women. Her expertise lies in reproductive justice, health disparities affecting Black women and girls, and the relationship between politics and the American healthcare system.

Jones is also an expert on HIV/AIDS advocacy, with experience in community-based solutions and intersectional justice. She can provide insight on the disproportionate resources and care available to Black patients, and the way activists are organizing for more equitable health and medical treatment for people of color.

Jones has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is a graduate of the Black AIDS Institute’s African American HIV University (Science and Community Mobilizing Fellowship Program) and Tyndale Theology School.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Equal Access Fund and is a member of many national women-focused initiatives to advance gender and racial equity and eliminate health disparities, including the National Women AIDS Coalition.

Jones was also a panelist for “At the Table: A Symposium on Texas Women,” an event hosted by The Texas Tribune, which examined the impacts of politics on various aspects of women’s lives in Texas.

Location: Dallas, TX

Expertise Field: Reproductive justice for Black women, Medicaid expansion, grassroots organizing, health education, women’s rights, racial justice, media and race coverage, intersectional community activism, HIV/AIDS, intersectional justice

Contact information:

Email: info@theafiyacenter.org 

Phone: 972-629-9266

Twitter: @theafiyactr

Listen to Marsha Jones on Her Rules Radio

Last updated November 6, 2020

Jason Hong

Dr. Jason Hong is a professor at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is part of the Human Computer Interaction Institute. Given his expertise in digital misinformation, election security, and the behavioral relationship between humans and computers, he can speak to the science behind detecting false information online, the incentives for creating “fake news,” and the challenges this presents to a fair election.

More broadly, he also is an expert in data collection, digital privacy, and cybersecurity. These concerns have only become more relevant as more people work remotely and the influence of social media has grown. His research has been featured in the New York Times, MIT Tech Review, CNN, Slate and elsewhere. He is also a co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, which was acquired by Proofpoint in March 2018 for $225m.

Hong has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley and received dual undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Discrete Mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology.

A trivia fanatic, Hong is a former national Quiz Bowl champion and once served as a lifeline on “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?”

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Expertise Field: Human computer interaction, data collection, cybersecurity, privacy, election security, digital misinformation

Contact information:

Email: jasonh@cs.cmu.edu 

Twitter: @jas0nh0ng

Listen to Jason Hong on WESA:

Last updated October 14, 2020

Philip Higuera

Dr. Philip Higuera is an associate professor in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana where he leads the PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab. As an expert on forestry, wildfires, fire ecology and climate change, he can provide insight on how wildfires have grown in strength with climate change and how forest ecosystems are adapting.

At the PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab, Higuera studies forests across western North America and researches how fire activity has responded to climate change, both in our recent past and throughout history. His work also examines how forest ecosystems have reacted in turn to these drastic changes. In 2018, he was named as a “highly cited scientist” by Clarivate Analytics for papers published over the last decade. 

Higuera has a PhD in Forest Ecology from the University of Washington in Seattle, a Masters in Forest Ecology from University of Washington in Seattle, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Environmental Studies and Geology from Middlebury College.

His work focuses largely on the Rocky Mountains range but extends as far as Alaska.

Location: Missoula, MT

Expertise Field: Forestry, wildfires, fire ecology, climate change

Contact information:

Email: philip.higuera@umontana.edu 

Phone: 406-599-8908

Twitter: @PhilipHiguera

Listen to Philip Higuera on MTPR:

Last updated September 28, 2020