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
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.
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
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.
#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.
Professor of Psychology at Utah State University
Location: Logan, UT and Pocatello, ID
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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.
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
Heard on Source of the Week: Cecily Hardaway Discussing Exposure To Community Violence
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.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Areas of Expertise: For-profit Higher Education, Digital Inequalities, Transition Points from Student to Worker
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
Marifeli Perez-Stable is a Professor of Sociology at Florida International University, and writes a biweekly column for the Miami Herald on Latin American issues.
Perez-Stable is the former vice president for democratic governance at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC. In April 2003, she chaired the Task Force on Memory, Truth, and Justice which published the report, Cuban National Reconciliation. Perez-Stableis the director of “National Dialogues on Democracy in Latin America, a project sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue with the cooperation of the Organization of American States.
She is currently working on Intimate Enemies, a book about the United States and Cuba after the Cold War.
Professor of Sociology at Florida International University
Areas of Expertise: US-Cuba Relations, Sociology, Cuban Politics and History