Eve Ewing

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

Contact Information:

E-mail: eveewing.com/contact
Twitter: @eveewing

Kenneth Fernandez

Kenneth Fernandez is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies at Elon University. He is an expert in fields of survey methods, education, crime, immigration, and local economic development policy. Fernandez is the director of the Elon University Poll– a survey research center in North Carolina. His research has been published in several academic journals such as Survey Practice, Journal of American Planning Association and Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Fernandez has weighed in on political stories on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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JULY 24, 2012 – Ken Fernandez (left), director of the Elon Poll, and Jason Husser, assistant director. Both are political science professors. (photo by Kim Walker)

Assistant Professor of Political Science & Policy Studies at Elon University 

Areas of expertise: Survey Methods, Crime, Education, Immigration and Local Economic Development Policy

Location: Elon, North Carolina

Contact Information :

Email: kfernandez@elon.edu

Phone: 336-278-6438 (Office)

702-218-7958  (Cell)

Twitter: @ElonFernandez 

Heard on NPR’s All Things Considered : Dems Capitalize On Advantage With Hispanic Voters 

Amelia Tseng

Amelia Tseng is a research associate at the Smithsonian Institute, scholar-in-residence in education at American University, and adjunct lecturer in linguistics and Spanish at Georgetown University. Tseng’s research addresses multilingualism, mobility, and identity.

She examines how language and identity interact with social context as migration leads to contact between peoples and innovative cultural practices. She specifically focuses on heritage languages, sociolinguistic diversity, and language as a means of identity construction and exclusion. She has published on bilingualism and migration, taught languages, linguistics, and education at the university and K-12 levels, and is active in public engagement.

Research Associate, Smithsonian Institute
Scholar-in-Residence, American University

Location: Washington, DC

Areas of Expertise: Sociolinguistics, Language & Identity, Multilingualism

Contact Information:
Email: amelia.tseng@gmail.com
Phone: (202) 885-3098
Twitter: @AmeliaTseng

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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Silvia L. Mazzula, Ph.D.

Silvia L. Mazzula, Ph.D. is a Tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York (CUNY). Her research focuses on the intersection of race, culture, and mental health, including racism and discrimination. She works in New York, New York.

Her research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson FoundationCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute on Drug Abuse, The City University of New York, and Research, Integration, Strategies, and Evaluation (RISE) for Boys and Men of Color.


   Tenured Associate Professor of Psychology 

Location: New York, New York

Contact Information:  

Email:  silviamazzula@gmail.com


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Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez

#NPRSource Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez is a professor of psychology at Utah State University. She focuses on parenting in Latino communities. Domenech Rodríguez is in the process of creating a parenting skills program for Spanish-Speaking parents of pre-schoolers in Oregon.  She is the president of the National Latina/o Psychology Association.

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Professor of Psychology at Utah State University 

Location: Logan, UT and Pocatello, ID

Contact Information: 

Email: melanie.domenech@usu.edu

Phone: 435-890-4613

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Cecily Hardaway

Cecily Hardaway researches at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute. Hardaway’s primary line of research investigates links between poverty-related risks (e.g., exposure to community violence, economic hardship, and household chaos) and adolescents’ socioemotional adjustment and academic achievement. She is particularly interested in identifying processes that help us understand why poverty-related risks are, in fact, risks and pinpointing ways that low-income adolescents may be protected from these risks.

Her most recent work has focused on how exposure to community violence is associated with low-income adolescents’ mental health and behavior as well as identifying factors within the family and community that help protect adolescents from the consequences of exposure to community violence. Hardaway’s research has been published in psychology, family studies, and child/adolescent development journals, including the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, the American Journal of Community Psychology, and the Psychology of Violence.

Cecily Hardaway

Research Scientist at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute

Areas of Expertise: Exposure to Community Violence, Poverty, Adolescent Development, Family Processes, Low-Income Families

Location: Durham, NC

Contact Information:

Email: cecily.hardaway@duke.edu

Heard on Source of the Week: Cecily Hardaway Discussing Exposure To Community Violence

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Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom teaches sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also an affiliated faculty at The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and contributing editor at Dissent magazine. Her current research focuses on inequalities in education, technology and work, which includes a study of for-profit colleges in the U.S., inequalities among “public intellectuals” and social media practices in institutions.

McMillan Cottom’s research aims to understand how inequalities manifest in the new economy and how those inequalities can be addressed. In addition to teaching and researching, she has advised academic, community and political organizations on matters of race/gender/class inequality, higher education and workforce development. McMillan Cottom also consults with universities and non-profit organizations on public scholarship, technology and organizational change.

Tressie McMillan Cottom
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Areas of Expertise: For-profit Higher Education, Digital Inequalities, Transition Points from Student to Worker

Location: Richmond, VA

Contact Information:
Twitter: @tressiemcphd

Heard in Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Luncheon Series:
Democratizing Ideologies and Inequality Regimes in Digital Domains


Rosario Ceballo

Rosario (Rosie) Ceballo, Ph.D. is a clinical and developmental psychologist whose research investigates the effects of living in poverty on children’s development. In particular, she examines the impact of exposure to community violence on children’s academic and psychological functioning.

In another line of research, Dr. Ceballo studies the effects of infertility and racial stereotypes about women’s reproductive abilities on racial/ethnic minority women. Utilizing quantitative as well as qualitative methods, she has published extensively across clinical, developmental, and feminist psychology journals.

Currently, she is the Principal Investigator on an NSF (National Science Foundation) funded longitudinal study with Latino adolescents residing in high-risk, urban neighborhoods. Dr. Ceballo presently serves as a member of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Committee on Socioeconomic Status, and she is the incoming chair of the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Michigan.

Rosario Ceballo

Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise: After-School Activities, Community Violence; Parenting; Poverty; Infertility; Latino Cultural Values

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Contact Information:
Email: rosarioc@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 936-6049 or (734) 763-2047

Heard on NPR’s Source of the Week: Rosie Ceballo Discusses Role Of ‘Familismo’ As Protective Factor For Latino Adolescents

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Jocelyn Fontaine

Jocelyn Fontaine, PhD is a Senior Research Associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Ms. Fontaine received her PhD in Justice and Public Policy from the School of Public Affairs at the American University and serves as an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Her research portfolio is focused mostly on evaluating community-based crime reduction and reentry initiatives targeted to vulnerable populations. Dr. Fontaine directs projects using both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to explore the impact of community-based initiatives on a range of outcomes, including individual, family/social network, and community outcomes. She has extensive experience developing survey instruments, facilitating focus groups, managing fieldwork in diverse settings, conducting stakeholder interviews, interfacing with public officials and program administrators, and translating evidence-based and promising practices into program implementation.

Before joining the Urban Institute, Dr. Fontaine worked on corrections issues under the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project after working as a research assistant on violence and victimization issues in the Office of Research and Evaluation at the National Institute of Justice (U.S. Department of Justice) for several years. Ms. Fontaine is committed to using rigorous social science methods to change policy and practice and contribute to the public discourse on crime and the criminal justice system.

Jocelyn Fontaine
Senior Research Associate, The Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute

Areas of expertise: Multisite evaluation, Mixed-method evaluation designs, Reentry, Crime prevention/reduction, Supportive housing (for the reentry population)

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: JFontaine@urban.org
Phone: 202.261.5798

Heard on DC Public Safety Radio: Housing and Offender Reentry

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