Prashant Malaviya is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Senior Associate Dean for MBA programs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. As a consumer psychologist, he is an expert in consumer behavior and focuses his research on how and why consumers use information to make product decisions. His work has been published in several marketing journals including the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Marketing Research and Psychology & Marketing. Malaviya was named Outstanding Reviewer by the Journal of Consumer Research in 2003. He is a former marketing analyst for Nestlé.
Associate Professor of Marketing, Senior Associate Dean for MBA Programs, Georgetown University
Areas of Expertise: Consumer Behavior
Location: Washington, DC
You can reach him through Teresa Mannix, Asst. Dean for Communications at McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Christina Smith is an assistant professor of mass communication at Georgia College & State University, where she teaches journalism and advises the student-run weekly newspaper. Before getting her Ph.D. in mass communications in 2015, she worked in the newspaper industry as a daily and weekly news reporter for more than 13 years.
Martha Gulati is a professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona-Phoenix. Her research interests include the study of women’s heart health and heart disease prevention practices in women. Before joining the University of Arizona’s faculty, she held the Sarah Ross Soter Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health and was the Section Director for Women’s Cardiovascular Health and Preventive Cardiology at Ohio State University.
Gulati has written extensively about the impact of heart disease on the lives of women. She is the current Editor-in-Chief of the American College of Cardiology’s magazine, CardioSmart and author of Saving Women’s Hearts, a bestseller. In 2012 she was named one of Chicago’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business. Her work has been published in a number of news outlets and peer-reviewed journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times and CBS National News.
Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology, University of Arizona at Phoenix
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Areas of Expertise: Cardiology, women’s health, higher education, medical journalism
Charlton McIlwain is an associate professor of media, culture and communication at New York University. His research interests, most recently funded by the Spencer Foundation, 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. Additionally, with race and class as starting points, he examines how political candidates can benefit or be hurt by race-based appeals.
McIlwain co-authored the report “Beyond the Hashtags: Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter and the Online Struggle for Offline Justice” with Deen Freelon and Meredith Clark in 2016. His most recent book “Digital Movement: Racial Justice Activism from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter was recognized by the American Library Association as one of the “Best Books” in 2012.
Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communications, NYU Steinhardt
Location: New York, NY
Areas of Expertise: Digital media, social media, social movements, race and political participation, political campaigns
Seema Yasmin is a reporter at the Dallas Morning News, professor of public health at the University of Texas at Dallas and Medical Contributor for both CNN and NBC Channel 5. An expert in epidemiology, she has served as a disease detective at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has her own column for the Dallas Morning News called ‘Debunked’, which exposes medical myths.
Yasmin has examined epidemics in Kenya, Botswana, the United Kingdom and the Americas, working in environments ranging from maximum security prisons to American Indian reservations. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as the Scientific American and Reuters. In 2016 her reporting on Chagas Disease won an Emmy for Continued Coverage. The same year, her first collection of poetry won the Diode Editions chapbook contest.
Reporter at Dallas Morning News and Professor of Public Health at University of Texas at Dallas
Location: Washington, D.C.
Areas of Expertise: Epidemiology, journalism, media studies, gender-based violence, public health, multimedia storytelling
Sarah J. Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and faculty affiliate of the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies at Northeastern University. Her research and teaching interests include the use of media and technology to represent racial justice and social movements, with a particular focus on the role of social media in activism. Her research on the use of Twitter by journalists and activists has been funded by the Knight foundation.
Jackson is also a faculty affiliate of Northeastern’s Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies program. Her most recent book, Black Celebrity, Racial Politics and the Press examines the relationship between race, celebrity protest and the media. Her commentary has been featured on PBS, Politico and NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Affiliate of Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Northeastern University
Areas of Expertise: Communications, Media Studies, Technology, Gender Studies, Social Media, Politics, Culture, Social Sciences
Tristan Walker is a technology entrepreneur who aims to diversify the tech industry by recruiting top young black and Latino/a talent to Silicon Valley. In 2012, he left his position as director of business development at Foursquare to found Walker & Company, a company that creates beauty products for people of color. Its flagship brand the shaving kit Bevel, which is designed for people with coarse, curly hair.
Walker has been named one of Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful people, Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40, Vanity Fair’s “Next Establishment” and was a USA Today Person of the Year in 2014. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University, where he graduated as valedictorian, and the Stanford University School of Business.
CEO, Walker & Company Brands
Areas of Expertise: Technology, Diversity, Education, Branding, Marketing and Communications
Deen Freelonis an associate professor of communication at American University. He is an expert in political expression through digital media and the use of computational methods to extract, preprocess and analyze large datasets. Freelon is the creator of ReCal, an online application with intercoder reliability, that is used by researchers worldwide. His data findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Information, Communication & Society. Freelon is located in Washington, DC.
Rosanna Garcia is an Associate Professor of Marketing at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is an expert on entrepreneurial marketing, sustainability in innovation and the diffusion of innovations in a reluctant marketplace. Garcia is also a Chancellor’s Faculty of Excellence in Innovation + Design where she helps develop technologies from student ideas and faculty research that relate to environmental sustainability. Outside of academia, she serves on the board of several start-ups. Garcia can be heard presenting her research on sustainability at Northeastern University, here.
Associate Professor of Marketing at North Carolina State University
Areas of Expertise: Entrepreneurial Marketing, Sustainability in Innovation, Diffusion of Innovations In a Reluctant Marketplace
Dr. Raina Merchant is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care. She is the Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program (CSP) at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab. Dr. Merchant was recently recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of 10 young investigators likely to have a significant impact on the future of health and health care in the US.
Her work is at the intersection of health and social media, mobile media, and crowdsourcing. She has specifically conducted projects evaluating health behaviors and communication on social media sites like Facebook, Yelp, Instagram, Foursquare, and Gigwalk. One of her projects in this area involves “banking language” through the development of a unique longitudinal database of social media data merged with health record data. Much of her work also bridges new technologies in the field of cardiovascular health and resuscitation science. In this context, she is the Director of the MyHeartMap Challenge, a social media and crowdsourcing project aimed at improving AED (automated external defibrillator) access and awareness by engaging the public to serve as citizen scientist. Her current research focuses on the impacts on Twitter and cardiovascular health.
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise: Public health, Social media research, crowdsourcing, resuscitation science