Georgia’s governor Brian Kemp decided last week to allow several businesses to reopen, such as barbershops and fitness centers. This week, restaurants, theaters and private social clubs will also be allowed to welcome customers.
Source of the Week is spotlighting local business owners of color who will have to choose to either start up business again or stay shut, as deaths caused by COVID-19 in the state continue to increase.
Lina Khan is an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School. She researches and writes on antitrust law and competition policy, with a particular focus on technology markets. Khan’s scholarship has been published by or is forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the Chicago Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. Khan previously served as a Legal Fellow in the office of Commissioner Rohit Chopra at the Federal Trade Commission and as Director of Legal Policy at the Open Markets Institute.
Leslie Overton is an antitrust lawyer for the firm Alston and Bird. Overton focuses on antitrust counseling on strategic business activities like pricing, distribution, and licensing. She served as deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division from 2012-2014.
Chi Chi Wu is a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, a nonprofit focusing on marketplace justice for low-income consumers. Wu focuses on credit reporting, credit cards, and medical debt. She frequently serves as a resource for policymakers and the media on consumer credit issues. Before joining NCLC, Wu worked in the Consumer Protection Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office and the Asian Outreach Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services.
Michael Kang is a professor of law at Emory University, where he teaches Election Law, Business Associations and a seminar on Law and Democratic Governance. His research focuses on election and political science, particularly related to campaign finance, voting rights and political parties. Kang’s academic work has been published in the Yale Law Journal, NYU Law Review and Michigan Law Review, and he serves on the editorial board of the Election Law Journal.
Gita Gopinath is a Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University, and has been named one of the top 25 economists under 45 by the International Monetary Fund. Her expertise is in International Finance and Macroeconomics. Gopinath is co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve bank of Boston, member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala state (India), a co-editor at the American Economic Review, co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics and was managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies.
Janelle Jones is an Economic Analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. Her research focuses on labor market topics around race, ethnicity, and the economy. She was previously a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, where she worked on unemployment, job quality, the economics of racial inequality, and unions. Her research has been cited in the New Yorker, The Economist, The Washington Post, and Harper’s.