Kimberlé Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw is a professor at Columbia Law School and UCLA Law School. Her work focuses on racial and social justice and gender equality. Intersectionality and Critical Race Theory are academic disciplines that have emerged from her work. Crenshaw is also the Executive Director and Co Founder of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School. She has been instrumental in international organizational events such as the United Nations’ World Conference on Racism and the conference for Expert Group on Gender and Race Discrimination. She has also been an influential voice in racial justice campaigns such as “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women” and “Black Girls Matter”. Crenshaw’s articles can be found in Ms.Magazine, Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Southern California Law Review and has appeared on MSNBC, NPR and “The Tavis Smiley Show”.
The American Bar Foundation named Crenshaw the 2016 Fellows Outstanding Scholar.

Kimberle Crenshaw
Kimberle Crenshaw

Professor of Law at Columbia and UCLA

Areas of Expertise: gender equality, race, social and racial justice, affirmative action, violence against women. structural racial inequality

Location: New York and Los Angeles

Contact Info
Twitter: @sandylocks


Heard on NPR’s Morning Edition: The Promise of Diversity Is Yet To Be Fulfilled 

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher is a Professor of Higher Education/Community College Leadership in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership.

She is Director-Elect for Research and Publications for the American Association of Personnel Administrators, is an editorial board member for the Community College Review and Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, and is the Past-President for the Council for the Study of Community Colleges.

Her most recent works include “Working With Students In Community Colleges: Contemporary Strategies for Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice” (ACPA/Stylus Publishing, 2014), ASHE Reader Series on Community Colleges, Fourth Edition (Pearson Publications, 2014), and “The Obama Administration and Educational Reform” (Emerald Group Publishing, 2014).

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, professor of education

Professor of Higher Education/Community College Leadership in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of Expertise: Community Colleges, Diversity in Higher Education, Educational Access and Equity, Marginalized Students, Student Support Services

Location: Champaign, IL

Contact Information:

Phone: (217) 300-0897

Heard at TEDxEMU: “I’m Every Woman-Leadership Redefined”

Added February 2015

Valerie Lundy-Wagner

Valerie Lundy-Wagner is a Senior Research Associate at the Columbia University Teachers College Community College Research Center. Her research focuses on postsecondary access and completion, community colleges, and comprehensive regional four-year institutions, with specific attention to minority-serving institutions, the STEM fields, and the role of race, class, and gender.

She is co-project leader for Corridors to College Success, an effort to generate strategies for community colleges to support college completion and workforce readiness for immigrants, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals. She has been featured in various publications, such as the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and the Journal of Negro Education.

Valerie Lundy-Wagner

Senior Research Associate at the Columbia University Teachers College Community College Research Center

Areas of Expertise: Community Colleges, Educational Access and Equity, Minorities in STEM Fields

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Contact Georgia West Stacey
Phone: (212) 678-3394

Heard on Columbia Teachers College Web-series Lecture: When Gender Issues Are Not Just About Women: Reconsidering Male Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Added February 2015

Jennifer Eberhardt

Jennifer L. Eberhardt is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Eberhardt is a Social Psychologist with nearly 20 years of teaching and research work, much of it focused on what she describes as “the stereotypical associations between blacks and crime.” Since 1998, Eberhardt has been at Stanford University, where she is an Associate Professor of Psychology and co-director of Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions (SPARQ).

Eberhardt received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1993, and began her teaching career at Yale University, working in Psychology, African, and African American Studies Departments, while also being a research fellow at the Center for Race, Inequality, and Politics. In addition to Eberhardt’s research on racial profiling, she’s currently assisting law enforcement agencies to develop improved methods of serving their communities, and working with colleagues from other scientific disciplines on a new way to explain cognitive dehumanization by breaking down it’s process and how it aids in discrimination and marginalization in our society.

She has spoken on various panels, at Stanford University’s panel discussing how race alters perception of people, places, and things, at the U.S. Department of Justice with the Racial Disparities Working Group, and at the Ford Foundation Conference on a panel discussing ‘Renewing Communities: Improving educational access in California’s correctional facilities and beyond.’ In addition, Eberhardt has been quoted in the Stanford News, the Oakland Tribune, and co-authored an op-ed for The New York Times.

2014 MacArthur Award Winner Jennifer Eberhardt, Stanford University.

2014 MacArthur Fellow and Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford University

Areas of Expertise: Sociology, Science, Racial Stereotyping, Psychology, Human Development, Law

Location: Stanford, CA

Contact Information:


Dr. Eberhardt’s assistant, Lynda Ichinaga
Phone: (650) 725-2449

Heard on the MacArthur Foundation Website: Introducing Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Added December 2014

Roger Anthony Fairfax

Roger Anthony Fairfax Jr. is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Public Engagement at George Washington University, in Washington, DC. He teaches and writes on criminal law, procedure, and policy. Fairfax has written and lectured extensively on topics related to criminal law and policy including criminal justice reform, the grand jury, and the ethics of criminal litigation. He has testified before Congress and has consulted with the Senate and House, the White House, state and local governments, and think tanks on criminal justice policy.

Fairfax formerly served as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and practiced white-collar criminal and regulatory defense in private practice. Fairfax is a member of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s governing council and has been elected to the membership of the American Law Institute. Fairfax earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review.

Fairfax has appeared on NPR and has been interviewed in various media outlets.

Roger Anthony Fairfax
Law Professor & Associate Dean for Public Engagement, George Washington University Law School

Areas of Expertise: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Justice Policy, Criminal Justice Reform, Grand Juries, Prosecutorial Ethics and Discretion, Indigent Criminal Defense, White Collar Crime

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Phone: (202) 994-1150
Twitter: @ProfFairfax

Heard on NPR’s Morning Edition: “Unlike Ferguson, Staten Island Grand Jury Testimony Isn’t Made Public”

Added December 2014

Keisha Bentley-Edwards

Dr. Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Human Development & Culture and Learning Sciences Faculty Affiliate, African & African Diaspora Studies Department, at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bentley-Edwards researches the experiences of youth in racial socialization, looking into sociopolitical agency and cohesion among African Americans, as well as white racial socialization, and the messages that white parents provide to their children around race.

Her work examines how cultural strengths can be used to minimize the negative outcomes related to racism stress, violence, aggression, bullying, and community stressors.

Keisha Bentley-Edwards
Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Human Development & Culture and Learning Sciences Faculty Affiliate, African & African Diaspora Studies Department, University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Expertise: Psychological Development of the African American Experience in the United States, Adolescent Racial Socialization, Human Development, Culture, Learning Sciences

Location: Austin, TX (September-May); Durham, NC (June-August)

Contact Information:
Phone: (714) 614-0728 (c)

Heard on NPR Source of the Week: Dr. Bentley-Edwards Discusses The Reaction After Ferguson

Otis Brawley

Otis W. Brawley, M.D. FACP is Chief Medical and Scientific Officer and Vice President of the American Cancer Society, and teaches at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is Professor of Hematology, Oncology, Medicine and Epidemiology. Brawley is not only a medical expert in his field, but also speaks often about cancer prevention and the value of early detection. He received the Key to St. Bernard Parish for work done with the U.S. Public Health Service after Hurricane Katrina.

Brawley is also on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Prevention Research Institute. In the past, he’s been on the Food and Drug Administration Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee, and chaired the National Institutes of Health Consensus Panel on the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease.

Brawley has been featured on NPR and TEDMED, as well as print publications like The New York Times. He has written for the Washington Post.

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Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society

Areas of Expertise: Cancer Research & Education, Epidemiology, Oncology

Location: Atlanta, GA

Contact Information:


For interview requests sent via email, please CC Tawanna Brooks, ( Administrative Services Manager at the American Cancer Society.

Phone: 404-329-7740 (Office)

Heard on NPR’s All Things Considered: Studies Reignite Mammography Debate for Middle Aged Women

Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya is an award-winning author and journalist with more than 20 years of experience combining media, technology and diversity. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, where she teaches radio journalism and works with campus organizations on student and faculty diversity.

Chideya is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Root, WNYC, BET, MSNBC and NPR, where she hosted News and Notes from 2006-2009 and sat in for Michel Martin on Tell Me More. As an author, she focuses on issues including jobs, technology, race relations and tech innovation. She is the author of “Innovating Women” and “Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans,” which she is updating for a special 20th anniversary edition.

Chideya’s work with outlets such as ABC’s Nightline, CNN, MSNBC and Real Time with Bill Maher have earned her a National Education Reporting Award, a North Star News Prize and a special prize from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS.

Farai Chideya

Journalist, Author, Educator, Socio-Political Analyst

Areas of Expertise: Media, Technology, Diversity, Journalism, Women’s Issues, Social Entrepreneurship, Race, Race Relations, Politics, Innovation, Labor Economics

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Phone: (682) 233-2724

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Tell Me More: Debating President Obama’s First Year On The Job

Tracey Webb

Tracey Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a philanthropic website that emphasizes African American philanthropic contributions. She is the founder of The Black Benefactors, a giving circle that supports nonprofit organizations that support the African American community.

Webb has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit and grant-making sectors. She was selected as a 2013 “Who’s Who in Black Washington, D.C.” honoree, and the Profiles in Diversity Journal named her to the 2013 “Women Worth Watching” list. The Huffington Post’s Black Voices called her “a young black woman making history as the first online chronicler of black philanthropy.”

Webb has been featured on, NPR’s Tell Me More, and, and in the August 2011 “Black Wealth” issue of Ebony Magazine. Her work in philanthropy was showcased in the books “Black is the New Green: Marketing to Affluent African Americans” and “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generation of African American Philanthropists.”

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of

Areas of Expertise: Philanthropy, Nonprofits, Grant-Making, Charitable Giving

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:

Heard on NPR:

Tell Me More: Redefining Philanthropy: How African-Americans Give Back


Karsonya Whitehead

Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an assistant professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. Her work focuses on the intersection of race, class and gender. An award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher, she has become a prominent, candid voice on race relations and African American culture.

In 2013, Whitehead was selected as one of four experts to present at President Obama’s first Black History Month panel at the White House. In addition to her academic work, she is an accomplished documentarian; her films “Twin Towers: A History” and “Life Lessons Learned in Last Place: The Zoe Koplowitz Story” were nominated for New York Emmys.

Assistant Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies, Loyola University Maryland

Areas of Expertise: Intersection of Race, Class and Gender; African American and African Culture; Race Relations; Working in Diverse Environments

Location: Baltimore, MD

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 716-8739
Twitter: @kayewhitehead

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