Robin Washington is a longtime transportation writer, particularly focused on the evolving technology and social impacts of driverless cars over the past two years, writing for The Boston Globe, WIRED, WGBH, and Wisconsin Public Radio. A Fellow in Science Broadcasting Journalism at WGBH TV Boston, Washington has lectured at Harvard, MIT, Brown, and dozens of other academic institutions, and has been an adjunct faculty member at both Northeastern University and Emerson College. Throughout his career, Washington has appeared on NPR, MSBNC, Fox News, ABC News, CNN, and the BBC.
Areas of Expertise: Self-driving cars, transportation technology, transportation legislation, civil rights movement, Judaism, Black Judaism
Location: Duluth, Minnesota with part time residence in Massachusetts. He works out of the studios of Wisconsin Public Radio and WGBH Boston.
Hanin Ghaddar is the Friedmann Visiting Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Her research focuses on political and religious affairs in Lebanon. In particular, Ghaddar focuses on the situation of Shiite politics and Hezbollah throughout the Middle East.
Previously, Ghaddar was the managing editor of Lebanon’s NOW news website, where she shed light on a broad range of cutting-edge issues, from the evolution of Hezbollah inside Lebanon to Iran’s growing influence throughout the Middle East. In addition, she has contributed to a number of U.S.-based magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Foreign Policy.
Friedmann Visiting Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Areas of Expertise: Lebanon, Arab & Islamic Politics, The Middle East, Shiite Politics
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
Hussein Rashid is the founder of islamicate, L3C- a consultancy focused on religious liberty and cultural competency. He is an expert on Shi’i justice theology, South and Central Asian studies and Muslim and American popular culture. Rashid has taught at several universities including Fordham University and Virginia Theological Seminary. He is currently a fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. Rashid is also working with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as a content expert on the exhibit “America to Zanzibar”. He has contributed his expertise to many news outlets including NPR and can be heard in this Weekend Edition Sunday story “Deep In the Heart of Texas, Muslim Music Blossom”.
Founder of islamicate, L3C
Areas of expertise: Shi’i Justice Theology, South and Central Asian Studies, Muslim and American Popular Culture
Dalia Fahmy is an associate professor of political science at Long Island University where she teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and politics of the Middle East. She is also a senior fellow at the Washington, DC-based Center for Global Policy, a nonpartisan think-tank that provides analysis and insight into foreign policy issues facing the nation.
Fahmy has won several academic awards and fellowships for her research. She has also published several articles in academic journals focusing on democratization and most recently on the effects of Islamophobia on U.S. foreign policy. She has published two books and her upcoming book is entitled, “The Rise and Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Future of Political Islam.”
Associate Professor of Political Science at Long Island University
Location: New York, NY
Areas of Expertise: Politics of the Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy, Political Islam, Democratization
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
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
Vamsee Juluri is a professor of Media Studies and Asian Studies at the University of San Francisco. His research interests include the expansion of media audiences, particularly as it relates to Indian cinema, mythology and Ghandian philosophy. He is the author of four books on the subjects of Hinduism, Indian identity and the Indian entertainment industry. His commentary has been featured in BBC World Service, Al Jazeera Televeision and India-Abroad.
One of Juluri’s most recent books is Rearming Hinduism: Nature, Hinduphobia and the Return of Indian Intelligence. It has been referred to as a “handbook for intellectual resistance” and aims to critique society’s views of the culture and practice of Hindusim.
Professor of Media Studies and Asian Studies, University of San Francisco
Location: San Francscio, CA
Areas of Expertise: Hinduism, Asian cinema, cultural politics, Ghandism, media violence, media representation Contact Information: E-mail: email@example.com Phone: (510) 387-6518 Twitter: @VamseeJuluri
Azi Abu Sarah is the co-founder of Middle East Justice Development Initiative Tours, a tour operator which “rejects the model of traditional consumer tourism … instead employing a new model of tourism based on clients, communities, and financial and environmental sustainability.”
He is also the co-founder of the education and development nonprofit InterAct. Abu Sarah formerly served as the co-executive director at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.
Nisi Shawl’s story collection Filter House co-won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually to works of speculative fiction which explore and expand our understanding of gender roles. She edits reviews for the literary quarterly Cascadia Subduction Zone. In 2014 Shawl coedited Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler. Her Belgian Congo steampunk novel Everfair is forthcoming from Tor in 2016.
She serves on the boards of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and the Carl Brandon Society, a nonprofit dedicated to improving minority representation in fantastic fiction.
Author and Editor
Areas of Expertise: Diversity of Representation in Writing and Editing in Speculative Genres (Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Magic Realism, etc.), Octavia E. Butler, Practice of West African Religious Traditions in North America