Adolphus Belk Jr.

Adolphus Belk Jr. is a professor of political science at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Belk has taught courses on American government, black politics, public policy, and race and ethnic politics in the United States.

Belk Jr.’s research has concentrated on the politics of crime and punishment, and white nationalism in American politics. His research focuses on the prison-industrial complex and the politics of mass incarceration. His work has been published in several journals, including The Journal of Race and Policy, where he also served as a guest editor in a special issue that examined how the 2008 presidential election affected race, racism, and policy in the U.S.

Location: Rock Hill, South Carolina

Areas of Expertise: American Government, Race & Ethnic Politics in the U.S., the Politics of Mass Incarceration, Public Policy

Contact Information:

E-mail: belka@winthrop.edu *or* email Julia Longshaw, news & media services manager, longshawj@winthrop.edu

Phone: (803) 323-4581
Twitter: @abjrphd

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the William S. Tod professor of religion and African American studies and chair of the department of African American studies at Princeton University. He currently also serves as the president of the American Academy of Religion. In addition to this, he is a published author whose most well-known books include ‘Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul’ and ‘In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America’.

In 2015, Glaude was awarded an honorary doctorate from Colgate University. He is a columnist for Time magazine and regularly provides commentary on radio and television news programs.

He is currently working on a book about James Baldwin, of whom he writes, “Baldwin’s writing does not bear witness to the glory of America. It reveals the country’s sins, and the illusion of innocence that blinds us to the reality of others.“

William S. Tod professor of Religion and African American studies and Chair of the Department of African Studies at Princeton University

Location: New Jersey/ St.Thomas

Areas of Expertise: Religion, Ethics, Politics, Religion in the Americas, African American Studies

Contact Information:

E-mail: esglaude@princeton.edu
Phone: (609) 258-1319 or contact Dionne Worthy: (609) 258-8159
Twitter: @esglaude

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

Charlton McIlwain

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

Contact Information:

E-mail: cdm1@nyu.edu
Phone: (212) 992-9495
Twitter: @cmcilwain

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.

Sarah Jackson
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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Sarah Audelo

Sarah Audelo is the Political and Field Director for Rock The Vote – a non-profit, non-partisan organization that mobilizes young voters to the polls in the U.S. She is responsible for the organization’s political partnerships, polling and research. Audelo is the former policy director at Generation Progress where she led a team that focused on economic justice, higher education, among other important issues facing millennials. She’s also led the domestic policy portfolio and a campaign for Advocates for Youth on issues like HIV/AIDS prevention, abortion access and LGBTQ rights. She is passionate about the engagement and impact of the millennial electorate in 2016 as heard in a C-Span interview, here.

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Political and Field Director for Rock the Vote 

Areas of Expertise: Millennial Voter Engagement, Polling, Mobilization of Young Voters

Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact Information:

Phone:(661) 432-5608

Email:sarah@rockthevote.com

Twitter:@SarahAudelo 

Heard on C-Span: Youth Vote in 2016

Ange-Marie Hancock

Ange-Marie Hancock is a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is also CEO of RISIST, the Research Institute for the Study of Intersectionality and Social Transformation, a new online certification and collaboration platform that assists individuals and organizations to update their work in these two fields.

Hancock is a globally recognized scholar of intersectionality theory, the world’s leading analytical framework for analyzing and resolving inequality.  She has written three books on the intersectionality and its effect on policy, including the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Pubic Identity of the “Welfare Queen,” (2004, New York University Press), Solidarity Politics for Milennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (2011, Palgrave Macmillan) and the forthcoming Oxford University Press book Intersectionality: An Intellectual History, which be published in December 2015. In 1993, under the mentorship of NBA Hall of Famer Tom “Satch” Sanders, Hancock conducted the original survey research and designed the business model for the Women’s National Basketball Association.

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Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California

CEO of RISIST

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Gender and Sports, Feminism, Intersectionality

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:

Phone: 213-740-6998

Email: ahancock@usc.edu

Twitter: @AngeMarieH

Website: RISIST.org

Heard on 89.3 KPCC’s Take Two: 3 leading female thinkers define that other ‘F-word’: Feminism 

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Last Verified: November 2015

Bakari Kitwana

Bakari Kitwana is the Editorial Director of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop, which conducts townhall meetings across the US on difficult dialogues facing the hip-hop generation, and the Senior Media Fellow at the Harvard Law based Think Tank, The Jamestown Project. Kitwana wrote the bestselling book The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture, which is used as a coursebook in over 100 colleges and universities.

Kitwana was former executive editor of The Source: The magazine of hip-hop music, culture and politics and editorial director of Third World Press. He also taught political science at University of Chicago and was a visiting scholar at Columbia College. Kitwana is the author of the forthcoming book Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era set to publish later this fall.

Bakari Kitwana

Editorial Director of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop

Senior Media Fellow at the The Jamestown Project

Areas of Expertise: Hip-hop activism, youth culture and young voter political participation

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Contact Information:

Email: Bakari.kitwana@gmail.com

Twitter: @therealbakari

Phone: 440-779-9893 (Office)

Heard on NPR

Heard on On Point with Tom Ashbrook: Hip-Hop and Politics

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Last Verified: October 2015