Ian Haney López is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. One of the nation’s leading thinkers on racism’s evolution in the United States since the civil rights era, Ian’s current research emphasizes the connection between racial divisions and growing wealth inequality in the United States. His most recent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, lays bare how over the last fifty years politicians have exploited racial pandering to convince many voters to support policies that ultimately favor the very wealthiest while hurting everyone else.
A constitutional law scholar, he has written extensively on how once-promising legal responses to racism have been turned into restrictions on efforts to promote integration. He has been a visiting law professor at Yale, New York University, and Harvard, where he served as the Ralph E. Shikes Visiting Fellow in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He holds a master’s in history from Washington University, a master’s in public policy from Princeton, and a law degree from Harvard, and is a past recipient of an Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship, awarded to scholars whose work furthers the integration goals of Brown v. Board of Education.
John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley
Areas of expertise: Race, Class, Latinos, Racism, Race Law, Constitutional Law
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
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
Dorothy A. Brown is an Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University. She is a nationally recognized scholar in race, class, and tax policy. She is a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of law school reform, and race, class, and tax policy.
She received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and her LLM in Taxation from New York University. She began her career in law teaching in 1991 and permanently joined the faculty at Emory in 2008.
Areas of expertise: Law, tax law, law school reform, race, class and tax policy
Jason E. Shelton is an assistant professor of sociology & anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington. His primary research interest is the sociology of religion, but he is also well-versed on race, class and political/social attitudes in the post-Civil Rights Era.
Shelton is the author of the award-winning “Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions.” He has been interviewed about communities within African American and LGBT communities by a variety of media outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the BBC and the Houston Chronicle.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at Arlington
Areas of Expertise: African Americans, Race and Ethnicity, Class, Sociology of Religion, Political and Social Attitudes
Dr. Janet Tomiyama is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Tomiyama’s research focuses on eating behavior, psychological stress, and cellular aging with focus on macro factors like socioeconomic status to micro factors like telomere shortening (a biomarker of age.)
Dr.Tomiyama’s expertise also lies in dieting and the potential negative psychological and biological consequences. Her research tests questions such as: Is “comfort food” really comforting? Is dieting stressful? Does stress age our immune system and, if so, how? Can calorie restriction reverse this type of aging? Who are our society’s most successful dieters, and what can we learn from them? Is stress to blame for racial disparities in obesity? What are the negative health consequences of experiencing weight stigma?