Trevon Logan

Dr. Trevon Logan is a professor of economics and the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. As an expert in economic demography, economic history and applied microeconomics, Logan can provide insight on the racial disparities of the economic impact of the coronavirus and how the lapse in federal unemployment benefits is affecting the economy.

Logan’s economic history research looks into how the human standard of living has changed over time. He’s currently focused on historical health patterns, racial discrimination, political economy, mortality, morbidity, and racial disparities in health.

His economic demography research has covered everything from dowries in South Asia to the economic, social and health impacts of male sex work. Outside of his two larger areas of focus, Logan has also researched the economics of sports betting and college football polls.

Logan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He went on to receive two master’s degrees demography and economics and his doctoral degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Location: Columbus, OH

Expertise Field: Economic history and demography, health economics, microeconomics

Contact information:

Email: logan.155@osu.edu 

Twitter: @TrevonDLogan

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Last updated August 10, 2020

Bernard Powers

Dr. Bernard Powers is the founding director of the College of Charleston’s Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston and a professor emeritus of history at the university. He’s an expert on African American history and culture and the role of slavery in American history.

Charleston — the city where the civil war started and where 40% of all enslaved Africans brought to the United States entered the country — has long been a center of African American history and culture. And like many American cities, it also has public Confederate monuments and statues of historical figures who supported slavery and advocated white supremacy.

As of last week, the city has one less monument. The statue of vice president and slavery advocate John C. Calhoun in Marion Square — located just a block from Mother Emanuel AME, the site of the 2015 terrorist attack by white supremacist Dylan Roof — was removed on June 24 after a unanimous city council vote.

In a recent op-ed, Powers advocates for a new monument honoring Civil War-era African Americans — such as Charleston native Robert Smalls — as a replacement for the White Point Gardens Confederate memorial.

Over his 40-year academic career, Powers has published numerous books and articles including 1994’s Black Charlestonians:  A Social History 1822-1885, which examines the socioeconomic history of the city’s vibrant free Black population and the changes caused by emancipation after the Civil War. Most recently, he co-authored the 2016 book We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel.

Powers has also appeared in several documentaries, including the PBS series African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross and 2019’s Emanuel: the Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting. His current research focuses on African Methodism in South Carolina.

Location: Charleston, South Carolina

Expertise: African American history and culture, the role of slavery in American history

Contact information:

Email (preferred): powersb@cofc.edu

Phone: 843-813-4871

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Last updated June 29, 2020

Miguel Tinker Salas

Miguel Tinker Salas is a professor of History and Latin American Studies at Pomona College and is an authority on the political and social issues confronting Latin America. Salas is most recently the author of Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know (2015).

His research interests in particular center on Venezuelan politics and culture, and the U.S. presence in Venezuela. He is also interested in Latin American immigration policies and the diaspora. His expertise has been featured in several media outlets, including CNN, NPR, and The New York Times.

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Professor of Latin American Studies, Pomona College

Areas of Expertise: Contemporary Venezuelan Politics and Culture, U.S. Presence in Venezuela, Contemporary Mexican Society and Politics, Latin American History, Latin American Immigration Policies and the Latin American Diaspora

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: mtinkersalas@pomona.edu
Phone: (909) 374-7847

As Heard On TRT World: “Venezuela On The Edge: Interview with Miguel Tinker Salas”

Rashid Khalidi

Rashid Khalidi is a professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. His research has focused on the history and political situation of the Middle East, with a particular focus on Palestine and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Previously, he served as an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 to June 1993. He is most recently the author of Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East [2013].

Khalidi has written on Middle Eastern history and politics in opinion pieces for several publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Nation. He has been interviewed by numerous radio and TV programs, including All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, and CNN.

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Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Modern Middle Eastern History, Palestine, Israel, U.S. and the Middle East

Location: New York City, NY

Contact Information:
Email: rik2101@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854-5291

As Heard On NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday: “Reframing the Argument: Brokering Middle East Peace”

Derrick E. White

Derrick E. White is a visiting associate professor of African and African American Studies and History at Dartmouth College.

White’s research focuses on modern black history and sports history. He is currently working on a book that inspects the intersections of college, sports and race. Specifically, he focuses on how longtime Florida A&M University football coach Jake Gaither built a program in the midst of segregation. The story of FAMU reveals the history of black college football and serves to examine the larger issues Black college athletes faced in the twentieth century.

Visiting Associate Professor of African/African American Studies & History at Dartmouth College

Location: Hanover, NH

Areas of Expertise: African American Civil Rights and Black Power Organizations, Sports and Race, Social Justice and Racial Politics

Contact Information:

E-mail: derrick.e.white@dartmouth.edu | drderrickwhite@gmail.com
Phone: Office: (603) 646-9351 | Cell: 786-897-5372
Twitter: @blackstar1906

Ellen Wu, Ph.D.

Ellen  Wu is an associate professor of history and director of the Asian Studies program at Indiana University. Her research interests include race, identity and immigration in the context of the Asian-American experience. Her book, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority tracks the changing attitudes towards Asian immigrants to the United States towards the middle of the 20th century from the “yellow peril” to “model minority” ideologies.

Wu’s commentary has been featured by a number of outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and NPR’s Code Switch. She is currently in the process of writing another book entitled Overrepresented: Asian-Americans in the Age of Affirmative Action, which sheds light on Asian-American politics from the 1960’s.


Associate professor of history and director of Asian Studies program, Indiana University at Bloomington

Location: Bloomington, Indiana

Areas of Expertise: Asian-American history and culture, race and identity, immigration, diversity, higher education

Contact Information

E-mail: wue@indiana.edu
Twitter:
@ellendwu

Dina Gilio-Walker

Dina Gilio-Walker is Policy Director and Senior Research Associate at the Center for World Indigenous Studies. A member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, her research interests include political autonomy among indigenous nations and the complex relationship between Native American communities and  modern America. Additionally, she has completed research in critical sports studies, specifically as it relates to the intersection of indigenous culture and the sport of surfing.

Walker’s latest book, “All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans examines the most commonly-held myths and commonly-held beliefs about Native American culture and history. She is a frequent contributor to the Indian Country Media Network and her commentary has been featured by a number of news outlets including the Boston Globe, Mic.com and CSPAN Book Talk.

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Policy Director and Senior Research Associate, Center for World Indigenous Studies

Location: San Clemente, CA

Areas of Expertise: Native American culture, critical sports studies, indigenous peoples, surfing, Native American history, higher education

Contact Information:
E-mail:
dinagwhitaker@gmail.com
Phone: (949) 612-5276
Twitter: @DinaGWhit

Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he primarily teaches Native American History. His research focuses on the cultures of Assiniboine and Sioux Plains Tribes as well as the salmon traditions of Pacific Northwest Native American and British Columbia First Nations tribes. His most extensive research has been on the oral traditions of the Dakota and Assiniboine tribes. He is of Assiniboine descent.

Smith is currently in the process of publishing a book consisting of a series of historical essays with a focus on the cultures of Dakota and Assiniboine tribal leaders, to be published in May 2018. The essays are intended to place their experiences in a modern context, specifically as it relates to current developments at Standing Rock. His goal, he says, is to advance the knowledge and teaching of Native American history in both society and Higher Education.

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Associate Professor of History, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Areas of Expertise: Native American History, American History, Native American Oral Traditions, Standing Rock, Assiniboine Tribe, Dakota Tribe,  Higher Education

Contact Information:

E-mail: dennissmith@unomaha.edu
Phone: (712) 204-1822

Lillian Guerra, Ph.D.

Lilian Guerra, Ph.D. is a University of Florida Professor of Cuban and Caribbean History. Her research focuses on power dynamics and nationalism in Cuba. Lillian Guerra’s book, Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption and Resistance, received the Bryce Wood Award from the Latin American Studies Association. She works in Gainesville, Florida.

Her research has been funded by the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned SocietiesUniversity of FloridaYale UniversityThe Institute of World Politics, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Professor of Cuban and Caribbean History

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Contact Information:

Email: lillian.guerra@ufl.edu

Phone: 203-980-7564

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Daina Ramey Berry

This week’s #NPRSource, Daina Ramey Berry, Ph.D., is an expert in African American History. She is an Associate Professor of History and African American Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research focuses on slavery in the United States. Berry is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and the editor of the Gender and Slavery book series at the University of Georgia Press. She is working on publishing her book on a comprehensive study of the prices of the enslaved in the United States. She works in Austin, Texas.

Her research has been funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Association of University Women.

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Associate Professor of History and African American Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Location: Austin, Texas

Contact Information:

Email: DRB@austin.utexas.edu

Phone: (512) 471-4310

Twitter: @lbofflesh

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