Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-American novelist and essayist. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, The New York Times, and in many anthologies. Lalami’s 2014 book, The Moor’s Account, was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her work has been translated into ten languages.
Dorian T. Warren is an associate professor of political science and public affairs at Columbia University. He specializes in the study of inequality and American politics, focusing on the political organization of marginalized groups, race and ethnic politics, labor politics, urban politics, American political development, social movements and social science methodology. Warren is a sought-after commentator frequently appearing on networks such as MSNBC, ABC, CNN, NPR and Bloomberg, among other outlets.
At Columbia, Warren is also a Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and coordinates the Center for Urban Research & Policy Seminar Series. In 2013, he was included on the list of NBC’s theGrio’s 100 people making history today. His research focuses on the intersection of labor, politics and race, as well as race and ethnicity.
Dorian currently serves on the boards of the Applied Research Center, Center for Community Change, ALIGN, the Model Alliance, the Discount Foundation and The Nation Magazine Editorial Board. Prior to his teaching position at Columbia University he worked with several organizations, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, American Rights at Work/Jobs with Justice and the NGLTF Policy Institute. He is the author of the forthcoming The Three Faces of Unions: Inclusion & Democracy in the U.S. Labor Movement and Boxing Out: Walmart & the Politics of Labor Market Regulation from Below.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Labor Organizing, Politics, Policy, Race and Ethnic Politics, African-American Politics, Urban Politics and Policy, American Political Development, Community Organizing, Social Movements, Social Science Methodology
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.
Aisha Moodie-Mills is recognized as one of the top “Forty Under 40” national LGBT leaders by The Advocate, and as one of The Root‘s 100 emerging and established leaders in the African-American community. She is a progressive strategist with more than a decade of experience in politics and policy. She is currently an adviser for LGBT Policy and Racial Justice at the Center for American Progress (CAP), the country’s largest progressive think tank.
Moodie-Mills has also been a key strategist and spokesperson on behalf of same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia, where she served as the president of D.C.’s marriage equality campaign as the district became the fifth jurisdiction/state in the country to extend marriage rights to lesbian and gay couples. She and her wife, Danielle, were among the first same-sex couples to receive a marriage license in D.C., and their wedding was the first lesbian wedding to be featured by Essence magazine online.
Moodie-Mills began her career in education policy and nonprofit management at the Center for Education Reform. She holds two degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park: a master of business administration and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is a member of the National Black MBA Association, an organization which promotes intellectual and economic wealth in the black community.
Her work and publications have been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Atlantic, Black Enterprise, Washington Post, Essence, POLITICO, Ebony, Huffington Post, and Uptown Magazine. She appears regularly as a political commentator on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, MSNBC Live, Jansing & Co and The Daily Rundown.
Senior Fellow, The Center for American Progress
Areas of Expertise: LGBT Policy, Race & Ethnicity, Rising American Electorate, Progressive Politics, Gender and Marriage Equality
Karthick Ramakrishnan (KAR-thik rah-mah-KRISH-nahn) teaches political science and public policy at the University of California, Riverside. He is an expert on immigration policy, and his research interests include political behavior, policy process, federalism, interest groups, and Latino and Asian American politics.
She is also a fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, and a senior fellow at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. According to her Bernard Center bio, she is currently working on a book about conservative feminism. She previously taught political science at Northwestern University and Rutgers University.
Peter Chin is the lead pastor of Rainier Avenue Church in Seattle, Washington, a multi-ethnic congregation located in one of the most diverse zip codes of the United States. Chin is also a columnist for Christianity Today, writing on issues of faith and race from a minority perspective.
Chin spearheaded a social media campaign to remove the Make Me Asian app from Google’s online marketplace, an effort featured on both NPR and CNN. His Christianity Today essay, “Daddy, Why Do People Steal From Us?” was the subject of an interview on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin. And his ministry work in an African American neighborhood of Washington D.C. was showcased by the Washington Post, as well as CBS Sunday Morning.