Dr. Christen A. Smith is an associate professor of anthropology and African and African diaspora studies and the director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She’s an expert on Black liberation and state violence against Black communities in the Americas.
Smith can provide context on the anthropological background of police violence against Black communities. Her recent research examines the lingering and deadly impacts of police violence on Black women, communities and families in the U.S. and Brazil.
Smith is also the founder of Cite Black Women, which promotes the intellectual and academic work of Black women — historically overlooked and undervalued. Through a blog, podcast and social media campaign, the project pushes people to reexamine their blind spots on race and gender and start using and citing the work of Black female sources.
Location: Austin, TX
Expertise: Black liberation, resistance and state violence against Black communities in the Americas
This week’s #NPRSource, Daina Ramey Berry, Ph.D., is an expert in African American History. She is an Associate Professor of History and African American Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on slavery in the United States. Berry is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and the editor of the Gender and Slavery book series at the University of Georgia Press. She is working on publishing her book on a comprehensive study of the prices of the enslaved in the United States. She works in Austin, Texas.
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.
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.
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
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.
Beverly Tatum is the president of Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts college for women in Atlanta. Before becoming Spelman’s president in 2002, Tatum was a professor of psychology at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Prior to Mount Holyoke, Tatum taught psychology at Westfield State College and was a lecturer in black studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
President Barack Obama appointed Tatum to the Advisory Board for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Tatum received the Brock International Prize in Education in 2005 for her leadership and academic contributions.
President of Spelman College
Areas of Expertise: Higher Education, Clinical Psychology, Race Relations, Race, Racial Identity