Tim Wu is a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Wu joined the Law School in 2006 and teaches antitrust, copyright, the media industries, and communications law. He is the author of, among other works, Network Neutrality Broadband Discrimination (2003), Who Controls the Internet (2006), The Master Switch (2010), and The Attention Merchants (2016). Wu is known for having coined the term “net neutrality”.
Wu was a law clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Richard Posner, and has also worked at the White House National Economic Council, at the Federal Trade Commission, for the New York Attorney General, and in the Silicon Valley telecommunications industry.
Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law
Orlando Watson serves as a spokesman and Communications Director for Black Media at the Republican National Committee. He previously worked for Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, where he led the communications team and was the primary on-the-record spokesman, and for Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.
Tammy Vigil is a professor of communication at Boston University.Vigil’s research has included analyzing the language used in convention speeches made by presidential nominees’ spouses. Most recently she authored a book, Connecting With Constituents: Identification Building and Blocking in Contemporary National Addresses.In the book,she studiesformer candidates convention speeches to better understand the relationship between candidate speeches and the way people vote. Vigil is located in Boston.
Professor of Communication at Boston University
Expert in: Campaign Rhetoric and Women as Political Communicators
Prashant Malaviya is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Senior Associate Dean for MBA programs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. As a consumer psychologist, he is an expert in consumer behavior and focuses his research on how and why consumers use information to make product decisions. His work has been published in several marketing journals including the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Marketing Research and Psychology & Marketing. Malaviya was named Outstanding Reviewer by the Journal of Consumer Research in 2003. He is a former marketing analyst for Nestlé.
Associate Professor of Marketing, Senior Associate Dean for MBA Programs, Georgetown University
Areas of Expertise: Consumer Behavior
Location: Washington, DC
You can reach him through Teresa Mannix, Asst. Dean for Communications at McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Christina Smith is an assistant professor of mass communication at Georgia College & State University, where she teaches journalism and advises the student-run weekly newspaper. Before getting her Ph.D. in mass communications in 2015, she worked in the newspaper industry as a daily and weekly news reporter for more than 13 years.
Charlton McIlwain is an associate professor of media, culture and communication at New York University. His research interests, most recently funded by the Spencer Foundation, include issues at the intersection of race and media, particularly as it relates to how different forms of digital media have enhanced and/or inhibited political participation among people of color. Additionally, with race and class as starting points, he examines how political candidates can benefit or be hurt by race-based appeals.
McIlwain co-authored the report “Beyond the Hashtags: Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter and the Online Struggle for Offline Justice” with Deen Freelon and Meredith Clark in 2016. His most recent book “Digital Movement: Racial Justice Activism from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter was recognized by the American Library Association as one of the “Best Books” in 2012.
Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communications, NYU Steinhardt
Location: New York, NY
Areas of Expertise: Digital media, social media, social movements, race and political participation, political campaigns
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
Tristan Walker is a technology entrepreneur who aims to diversify the tech industry by recruiting top young black and Latino/a talent to Silicon Valley. In 2012, he left his position as director of business development at Foursquare to found Walker & Company, a company that creates beauty products for people of color. Its flagship brand the shaving kit Bevel, which is designed for people with coarse, curly hair.
Walker has been named one of Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful people, Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40, Vanity Fair’s “Next Establishment” and was a USA Today Person of the Year in 2014. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University, where he graduated as valedictorian, and the Stanford University School of Business.
CEO, Walker & Company Brands
Areas of Expertise: Technology, Diversity, Education, Branding, Marketing and Communications
Deen Freelonis an associate professor of communication at American University. He is an expert in political expression through digital media and the use of computational methods to extract, preprocess and analyze large datasets. Freelon is the creator of ReCal, an online application with intercoder reliability, that is used by researchers worldwide. His data findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Information, Communication & Society. Freelon is located in Washington, DC.
Rosanna Garcia is an Associate Professor of Marketing at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is an expert on entrepreneurial marketing, sustainability in innovation and the diffusion of innovations in a reluctant marketplace. Garcia is also a Chancellor’s Faculty of Excellence in Innovation + Design where she helps develop technologies from student ideas and faculty research that relate to environmental sustainability. Outside of academia, she serves on the board of several start-ups. Garcia can be heard presenting her research on sustainability at Northeastern University, here.
Associate Professor of Marketing at North Carolina State University
Areas of Expertise: Entrepreneurial Marketing, Sustainability in Innovation, Diffusion of Innovations In a Reluctant Marketplace