Hua Hsu

Hua Hsu is an assistant professor of English and director of American Studies at Vassar College and a well-known culture critic. He began writing about film, music and sports as a graduate student at Harvard and has covered a wide range of cultural issues for Artforum, the Atlantic, New York magazine, the New York Times and Slate.

Hsu is an executive board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop. As of 2014, he is completing his first book, “A Floating Chinaman,” which looks at “the competing visions for a U.S.-China future that circulated in the popular novels and reportage of the interwar years–as well as the bizarre interpersonal rivalries these competing accounts inspired.”

Assistant Professor of English at Vassar College

Areas of Expertise: Culture Criticism, Sports, Music, Film, American Intellectual History, Transpacific Literary History, Cultural Studies

Location: Poughkeepsie, NY

Contact Info:


Phone: (845) 437-5649

Twitter: @huahsu

Hsu discusses “How Writing Matters” for Vassar College

Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson teaches politics and journalism at Morgan State University. He is also a political contributor at MSNBC and is a politics editor at The Root.

Johnson’s academic research focuses on political communication and campaign strategy. He has worked on both Democratic and Republican legislative campaigns in South Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia. His latest book, Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell, analyzes modern-day campaigns and the political consultants who run them.

Johnson also has experience in international politics. According to his website, he was a campaign advisor for Frank Dobson in the 2001 London mayoral race and was an honored guest of the Independent Electoral Commission in South Africa in 2007. In 2012, he was an international elections observer in Mexico and went on a two-week speaking tour throughout Germany.

Johnson is a frequent television commentator on networks such as Al Jazeera English and CNN, and he has been on NPR member stations MPR, WCPN, and WHYY.

Professor of Politics and Journalism at Morgan State University, Politics Editor at The Root

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Campaign Strategy, Elections, Political Rhetoric, Journalism, Pop Culture, Interest Groups, Hip-Hop Politicians, Political Communication, Comparative Politics, International Election Monitoring

Location: Cleveland/Akron, OH

Contact Info:

Business Mobile: 540-207-6745
Office phone: (443) 885-3605

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Election 2012: Young voters still support Obama

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Tell Me More: Unrest Boils Over Ohio Collective Bargaining Law

Added January 2013. Last verified January 2021.

Leila Cobo

Latin music journalist Leila Cobo is the executive editor for Latin content and programming for Billboard and the host of “Estudio Billboard,” a weekly interview show. She’s also the organizer and host of Billboard’s annual Latin Music Conference. Before joining Billboard, she wrote for the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald. Cobo was a concert pianist before devoting herself to full-time journalism.

She has written several books, including Tell Me Something True and The Second Time We Met.

Executive Editor for Latin Content and Programming for Billboard

Areas of Expertise: Music, Latin Music, Classical Music, Pop Culture, Piano, Entertainment & TV, Writing & Journalism, Colombia

Location: Key Biscayne, FL

Contact Info:


Twitter: @leilacobo


**Her agent:

Aleyso Bridger, Bridger Communications

Mobile: (786) 488-5683


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Tell Me More: Calle 13 Sweeps Latin Grammy Nominations

Added January 2013

Last verified January 2021