Dr. Jason Hong is a professor at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is part of the Human Computer Interaction Institute. Given his expertise in digital misinformation, election security, and the behavioral relationship between humans and computers, he can speak to the science behind detecting false information online, the incentives for creating “fake news,” and the challenges this presents to a fair election.
More broadly, he also is an expert in data collection, digital privacy, and cybersecurity. These concerns have only become more relevant as more people work remotely and the influence of social media has grown. His research has been featured in the New York Times, MIT Tech Review, CNN, Slate and elsewhere. He is also a co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, which was acquired by Proofpoint in March 2018 for $225m.
Hong has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley and received dual undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Discrete Mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology.
A trivia fanatic, Hong is a former national Quiz Bowl champion and once served as a lifeline on “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?”
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Expertise Field: Human computer interaction, data collection, cybersecurity, privacy, election security, digital misinformation
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
Dr. Raynard Kington (RAY-nard) has been the president of Grinnell College since 2010. With an MBA and Ph.D. in Health Policy and Economics, Kington’s research interests are in “socioeconomics and race and how they impact health and health care.”
Dr. Kington holds a Bachelor of Science and an M.D. from the University of Michigan. His medical background led him to work for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) before going to Grinnell.
He served in a variety of roles including Principal Deputy Director, Acting Director, and Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. He also served as a division director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation, and as a visiting assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins.
In 2009, Kington received the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, which is the highest-level honor award in the department. He has been featured on NPR and in the New York Times.
President of Grinnell College
Areas of Expertise: Health Policy, Socioeconomics and Race, Economics, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Health and Nutrition, Medicine (General, Internal, and Geriatric), Higher Education