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.
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
Sapna Cheryan is an associate professor of social psychology at the University of Washington. Her research interests include identity, stereotypes, and prejudice. Her main research topics involve investigating how stereotypes influence gender disparities in STEM fields, how immigration is changing the way we think about race in the U.S., and the negative consequences of positive stereotypes.
Cheryan has published numerous articles on these topics in journals such as Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, and Psychological Bulletin. In 2012/2013 she was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City and in 2016/2017 she was a Lenore Annenberg and Wallis Annenberg Fellow in Communications at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
Associate Professor of Social Psychology, University of Washington
Areas of Expertise: Identity, Stereotypes, Prejudice, Psychology, Behavioral Sciences
Eve L. Ewing is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago. Her current research is focused on racism, social inequality, urban policy, and the impact these forces have on American public schools and the lives of young people.
Ewing is also a fellow at the Center for Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago and a Civic Media Fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California. She co-directs Crescendo Literary, a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and education resources. She’s also an essayist and poet. Her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches, was published in September 2017. You can find her pieces in many different outlets including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post.
Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar and Fellow at Center for Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL
Areas of Expertise: Racism, Social Inequality and Urban Policy in Public School Systems, Sociology of Education
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
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
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
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
Shirin Sinnar is an Associate Professor at Stanford University Law School. Her research focuses on civil procedure, terrorism, and the intersection of race and identity with national security. Ron Elving described her as “one of the best voices for both the legal perspective and the Muslim-American perspective.” Shirin Sinnar is the John A. Wilson Distinguished Scholar at Stanford University. She works in Stanford, California.
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.
Leah Wright Rigueur is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is an expert on race and politics, modern African American history, U.S. political and social history, and riots, backlash and campus unrest. Rigueur has explored the dynamics of black Republican activists, officials and politicians as it relates to civil rights and conservatism in her latest book The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power. She has been featured on various news outlets including NPR’s All Things Considered.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Areas of expertise: Race and Politics, Modern African American History, U.S. Political and Social History, and Riots, Backlash and Campus Unrest