Isabel Araiza

Dr. 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 has also spoken up against the university’s plans for in-person classes this fall despite the coronavirus pandemic. Many schools have abandoned plans for in-person instruction this fall due to outbreaks — most notably, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made the rest of the semester entirely online after 130 students tested positive in the first week of classes.

Araiza’s recent research has focused on access to clean water, the political preferences of Latinos, Hispanic serving institutions of higher education in Texas and the community impact of the integration of Corpus Christi Independent School District in the 1970s.

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Araiza went on to earn her PhD in sociology from Boston College. As a public sociologist actively engaged in her community, Araiza is a founding member of For the Greater Good, a local advocacy organization that pushes for access to clean water and investment in public institutions and infrastructure.

She’s also co-authored several health needs assessments on the community needs and uses of hospitals in the Coastal Bend region of South Texas.

Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Expertise Field: Universities and the coronavirus, sociology, Mexican American studies, women and gender studies, social class, education, inequality 

Contact information:

Email: isabel.araiza@tamucc.edu

Phone (cell): 361-779-3927

Phone (office): 361-825-3936

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Last updated August 24, 2020

Lisa Fontes

Lisa A. Fontes is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts at 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.

She has worked as a family, individual, and group psychotherapist, and has conducted research in Santiago, Chile, and with diverse people in the United States. Fontes works in Guyana and Peru on issues of child sexual abuse.

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Areas of Expertise: Sexual violence, domestic violence, coercive control, child abuse

Location: Amherst, Massachusetts

Contact Info:

Email: LFontes@umass.edu

 Phone: 413-575-9505

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Suyapa Portillo Villeda

Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an assistant professor in Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her work broadly focuses on social movements in Central America with a focus on Honduras. In particular, Portillo’s research centers on the intersections between labor, gender, and race in workers’ lives in the history of the banana export economy in Honduras and Central America.

Since the coup d’état in Honduras in 2009, Portillo has served as region expert in the media to attest to conditions in Honduras and the rest of Central America. Her expertise has been cited by CNN, NPR’s Take Two, and The Huffington Post.

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Assistant Professor in Chicana/o-Latina/o Transnational Studies, Pitzer College

Areas of Expertise: Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies, Labor, Gender, Ethnicity, Race, Honduras, Central America, History of Immigration and Migration in Central America, LGBTQ Community in Honduras

Location: Los Angeles, CA | Honduras

Contact Information:
Email: Suyapa_portillo@pitzer.edu
Twitter: @SuyapaPV

As Heard On KPCC’s Take Two: “Young Migrants From Honduras Fleeing Drug and Gang Violence”

Neena Chaudhry

Neena K. Chaudhry is Director of Education and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, where she works to promote the rights of women and girls at school. She places a particular emphasis on improving outcomes for girls at risk for dropout, including girls of color, pregnant and parenting students, girls who experience harassment, are excessively disciplined, or attend schools where the climate is not conducive to learning.

Ms. Chaudhry participates in administrative and legislative advocacy, litigation and public education to protect the rights of women and girls to be free from sex discrimination in school, with a particular focus on Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

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Director of Education and Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: nchaudhry@nwlc.org
Phone: (202) 588-5180

As Heard On SSAIS: “Sexual Harassment and Title IX: Why We Should Care”

Karen Tongson

Karen Tongson is an associate professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of “Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries.” She is an expert in queer theory, women and pop music and queer and racial representations and stereotyping in popular culture. Tongson is currently the series editor for the Postmillennial Pop series at NYU Press and an associate editor of the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:

Phone: (323) 687-2574

Email: Tongson@usc.edu

Twitter: @inlandemperor

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Zareena Grewal

Zareena Grewal is an Associate professor of American, Religious, Middle East, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration 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.

Grewal is also a senior fellow with the Center for Global Policy, where she formerly worked as the research director. A published author and filmmaker, her upcoming book, “Is the Quran a Good Book?” examines U.S. citizens’ views of the Quran and how it factors into ideas of islamophobia and tolerance in America. In 2005, her film “By the Dawn’s Early Light: Chris Jackson’s Journey to Islam” was nationally broadcast in the United States and again more recently on ESPN’s Outside the Lines. She is the recipient of a number of writing awards, including, most recently, the Society for Humanistic Anthropology’s Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing.

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Associate professor of American, Religious, Middle East, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration, Yale University

Areas of Expertise: Islam, gender studies, race and ethnicity, religious studies, international film, anthropology, ethnographic writing

Location: New Haven, CT
Contact Information:
E-mail: zareena.grewal@yale.edu
Phone: (917) 974-6142
Twitter: @ZareenaGrewal

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Yasmeen Hassan

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. She has served the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, where she worked on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Secretary-General’s study on violence against women.

Hassan attended Harvard Law School. She clerked on the D.C. Court of Appeals from 1994 to 1995, served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Advisory Board on Child Marriage, and has been featured on various outlets including CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Global Executive Director of Equality Now

Location: New York, NY

Areas of Expertise: Women’s Rights, Law, Islamic Law, Political Science

Contact Information:

E-mail: Contact Tara Carey, Media Relations Manager tcarey@equalitynow.org
Phone: (212) 586-0905 x25
Twitter: @YasmeenHassan7

Kimberly TallBear

Kim TallBear is an Associate Professor of Native Studies at the University of Alberta in Canada and Research Chair in its department of Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience and Environment. An enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe in South Dakota, her research focuses on the relationship between science and race/identity among Native American peoples.

TallBear’s most recent book, Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science, examines the scientific premise behind Native Americans’ ownership (or former ownership) of lands and natural resources. She has traveled to the United States, Canada and United Kingdom to share her commentary on issues related to indigenous peoples, science and technology.

Associate Professor of Native Studies and Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment, University of Alberta

Location: Edmonton, Canada

Areas of Expertise: Indigenous peoples, environmental science, genetics, native studies, sexuality, race/identity

Contact Information

E-mail: tallbear@ualberta.ca

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Sarah J. Jackson

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.

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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

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Contact Information:
E-mail: s.jackson@northeastern.edu
Phone: (617) 373-7874
Twitter: @sjjphd

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Anna Maria Chávez

Anna Maria Chávez is the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. She is the first woman of color to hold this position and an expert on women’s leadership, youth development, and public policy. Previously, she served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under former Arizona Governor, Janet Napolitano. In 2016, Anna Maria Chávez was the recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Medallion of Excellence Award. She works in New York, New York. 

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CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA

Location: New York, New York

Contact Information: 

Email: annamchavez@icloud.com

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