Parminder Bakshi-Hamm is an English and cultural studies professor at Internationale Berufsakademie in Cologne, Germany. She is an expert on migration and labor market issues, as well as gender and culture themes.
Dr. Bakshi-Hamm has over 20 years of teaching, research, and consulting experience. She has largely focused on migrant communities in Europe, highly qualified migrants, social mobility, local governance, and organizational change. She has worked on several comparative projects, some of which were funded by the EU. She is a founding member of a European wide network on migrant/minority women scientists. She has also worked as a consultant to government and private sector organizations in UK and Germany. Since 2009, she has been working as a referee for the European Commission.
Her work on women scientists of migrant backgrounds at German universities helped initiate a debate on the topic in Germany. Bakshi-Hamm’s current research is on barriers for black academics in the German university system.
She was born in India and settled in Germany in 1996 after completing her PhD in the U.K.
Areas of Expertise: Migrant labor, women in science, minority-owned businesses, literature and culture Studies, higher education
Ana Lopez is the Director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, and an Associate Professor of Communication at Tulane University. She has worked extensively with Latino cultural production in the U.S. Her work has been widely published in film and Latin American studies journals.Her scholarship and publications are focused on Latin American film, media, television, and popular culture.
As director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, she oversees the Summer in Cuba program, the Summer in the Dominican Republic program, and academic and cultural programming aimed at promoting a true Cuban and Caribbean presence on Tulane’s campus.
Professor at Tulane Stone Center of Latin American Studies
Areas of Expertise: Latin America, Mass Communication, Latin American Film, Cultural Studies, Popular Culture
Location: New Orleans, LA
Tulane’s PR for Dr. Lopez’s department: Valerie J McGinley, Office (504) 865-5164, Cell (504) 717-9775.
Guillermo Grenier is a Professor of Sociology and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies in the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University.
Over the past 25 years he has been a lead investigator of the FIU Cuba Poll, an annual poll of Cuban-Americans, which is a project cosponsored by the Cuban Research Institute.
Grenier has authored or coauthored six books and dozens of articles on labor, migration, immigrant incorporation, and Cuban-American ideological profiles, particularly in the Greater Miami area.
Professor of Sociology and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies in the School of International and Public Affairsat Florida International University
Areas of Expertise: Polling, Cultural Studies, Latin America, Immigration, Cuban Immigrants, Sociology
Van Alst has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition Sunday, and has been featured in the Washington Post, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Native American Calling, Smithsonian Magazine and Al Jazeera America for his expertise in Native American culture.
Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at the University of Montana
Areas of Expertise: Native American History and Culture
Oliver Wang is a music writer and cultural critic whose work has been published in almost every major hip-hop magazine: The Source, XXL, Vibe, Scratch and others. He has written about race, popular culture and music for Mother Jones, Spin, The Nation and the LA Times.
Hua Hsu is an assistant professor of English and director of American Studies at Vassar College and a well-known culture critic. He began writing about film, music and sports as a graduate student at Harvard and has covered a wide range of cultural issues for Artforum, the Atlantic, New York magazine, the New York Times and Slate.
Hsu is an executive board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop. As of 2014, he is completing his first book, “A Floating Chinaman,” which looks at “the competing visions for a U.S.-China future that circulated in the popular novels and reportage of the interwar years–as well as the bizarre interpersonal rivalries these competing accounts inspired.”
Assistant Professor of English at Vassar College
Areas of Expertise: Culture Criticism, Sports, Music, Film, American Intellectual History, Transpacific Literary History, Cultural Studies
Marc Lamont Hill is the Steve Charles professor of media, cities, and solutions at Temple University. He is currently the host of BET news and has appeared on Fox, CNN and MSNBC as a political and cultural commentator. Trained as an anthropologist of education, Hill focuses his research on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East. Ebony Magazine named him one of America’s 100 most influential black leaders.