Isabel Araiza

Dr. Isabel Araiza is an associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, where she teaches in the Mexican American and women and gender studies programs. She’s an expert on sociology and its intersections with education, social class and inequality. 

Araiza has also spoken up against the university’s plans for in-person classes this fall despite the coronavirus pandemic. Many schools have abandoned plans for in-person instruction this fall due to outbreaks — most notably, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made the rest of the semester entirely online after 130 students tested positive in the first week of classes.

Araiza’s recent research has focused on access to clean water, the political preferences of Latinos, Hispanic serving institutions of higher education in Texas and the community impact of the integration of Corpus Christi Independent School District in the 1970s.

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Araiza went on to earn her PhD in sociology from Boston College. As a public sociologist actively engaged in her community, Araiza is a founding member of For the Greater Good, a local advocacy organization that pushes for access to clean water and investment in public institutions and infrastructure.

She’s also co-authored several health needs assessments on the community needs and uses of hospitals in the Coastal Bend region of South Texas.

Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Expertise Field: Universities and the coronavirus, sociology, Mexican American studies, women and gender studies, social class, education, inequality 

Contact information:

Email: isabel.araiza@tamucc.edu

Phone (cell): 361-779-3927

Phone (office): 361-825-3936

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Martha Gulati

Martha Gulati is a professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona-Phoenix. Her research interests include the study of women’s heart health and heart disease prevention practices in women. Before joining the University of Arizona’s faculty, she held the Sarah Ross Soter Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health and was the Section Director for Women’s Cardiovascular Health and Preventive Cardiology at Ohio State University.

Gulati has written extensively about the impact of heart disease on the lives of women. She is the current Editor-in-Chief of the American College of Cardiology’s magazine, CardioSmart and author of Saving Women’s Hearts, a bestseller. In 2012 she was named one of Chicago’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business. Her work has been published in a number of news outlets and peer-reviewed journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times and CBS National News.


Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology, University of Arizona at Phoenix

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Areas of Expertise: Cardiology, women’s health, higher education, medical journalism

Contact Information

E-mail: marthagulati@email.arizona.edu

Phone: (602) 521-3128

Twitter: @drmarthagulati

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Ellen Wu, Ph.D.

Ellen  Wu is an associate professor of history and director of the Asian Studies program at Indiana University. Her research interests include race, identity and immigration in the context of the Asian-American experience. Her book, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority tracks the changing attitudes towards Asian immigrants to the United States towards the middle of the 20th century from the “yellow peril” to “model minority” ideologies.

Wu’s commentary has been featured by a number of outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and NPR’s Code Switch. She is currently in the process of writing another book entitled Overrepresented: Asian-Americans in the Age of Affirmative Action, which sheds light on Asian-American politics from the 1960’s.


Associate professor of history and director of Asian Studies program, Indiana University at Bloomington

Location: Bloomington, Indiana

Areas of Expertise: Asian-American history and culture, race and identity, immigration, diversity, higher education

Contact Information

E-mail: wue@indiana.edu
Twitter:
@ellendwu

Francis Su, Ph.D

Francis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and past president of the Mathematical Association of America. He has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation to advance his research interests, which involve applying advanced mathematical principles to the social sciences.

Su has a passion for popularizing mathematics and has co-authored a number of publications with his students. He is the author of the website Math Fun Facts and creator of MathFeed, an app for mathematics-related news updates. In 2013 he was awarded the Haino award for distinguished teaching and in 2001 he received the Hasse prize for expository writing.

Francis SuProfessor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College

Areas of Expertise: Mathematics, Technology, Diversity, Higher Education

Location: Claremont, California

Contact Information:
Email:
su@math.hmc.edu
Twitter:
@mathyawp

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Constance Iloh

Constance Iloh is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on underrepresented groups in higher education. In 2016, she was featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. She works in Irvine, California.

Her research has been funded by the ECMC Foundation.

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Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of California, Irvine

Location: Irvine, California.

Contact Information: 

Email:  ciloh@uci.edu

Phone: 240-461-3898

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Stella Flores

Stella Flores is an Associate Professor of Higher Education at New York University. She is an expert in Higher Education Policy, Completion Among Low-Income and Underrepresented Populations, College Access and Affirmative Action. Her research has used large-scale databases to examine the effects of state and federal policies on college completion rates as well as college access for low-income and underrepresented populations. Flores is on the editorial board of several academic journals, including Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, The Review of Higher Education and Sociology of Education. Her work has been cited in various amicus briefs submitted to the Supreme Court relating to affirmative action and higher education. She is located in New York City.

Stella Flores (Vanderbilt University / Lauren Holland)

Associate Professor of Higher Education at New York University

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Phone: 212-998-5522

Email: stella.flores@nyu.edu

Twitter: @ProfessorFlores

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Julio Frenk

Julio Frenk is the president-elect of The University of Miami. He was previously the Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Minister of Health of Mexico, from 2000 to 2006. He has written extensively about universal health coverage and health equity. In 1998, Dr. Frenk joined the World Health Organization (WHO) as executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy. He served as a senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as president of the Carso Health Institute in Mexico City. In 2008 Dr. Frenk received the Clinton Global Citizen Award.

Julio Frenk

President of the University of Miami

Areas of Expertise: Public Health, Health Care Policy, Global Health, Higher Education

Location: Miami, FL

Contact Info:

Email: jfrenk@hsph.harvard.edu

Phone: (617) 432-1025

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Tressie McMillan Cottom

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.

Tressie McMillan Cottom
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Areas of Expertise: For-profit Higher Education, Digital Inequalities, Transition Points from Student to Worker

Location: Richmond, VA

Contact Information:
Email:
tmcottom@vcu.edu
Twitter: @tressiemcphd

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Michelle Asha Cooper

Michelle Asha Cooper is the president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), one of the nation’s most effective voices in championing access and success for all students in postsecondary education. Cooper is recognized as a well-respected practitioner, researcher, and policy advocate, helping to reaffirm IHEP’s role of ensuring equal educational opportunities for all students. Cooper has raised millions to create and maintain IHEP’s strong partnerships with national and international leaders from the postsecondary, policy, philanthropic, business, and civic communities.

Prior to joining IHEP, Dr. Cooper held various leadership positions at the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance a the U.S. Department of Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council for Independent Colleges, and King’s College.

Michelle Asha Cooper
President, Institute of Higher Education Policy (IHEP)

Areas of Expertise: Higher Education Access and Equity, Student Loans, Federal and State Policies Regarding Postsecondary Education

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email:
 president@ihep.org

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Caroline Hoxby

Caroline Hoxby teaches Economics at Stanford University. She is also the director of the Economics of Education Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Trained as a public finance and labor economist, Hoxby is one of the world’s leading scholars in the Economics of Education. Her work often draws upon models of investment, incentives, market design, finance, optimal pricing, social insurance, and behavioral economics.

Hoxby is a Principal Investigator of the Expanding College Opportunities project, a randomized controlled trial that had dramatic effects on low-income, high achievers’ college-going. Her work on elementary and secondary education also includes numerous studies of the effects of school choice and competition on student achievement, rewards for teaching, and the productivity of schools. Her ongoing research includes studies of Teach for America and how education affects economic growth.

Hoxby has been a presidential appointee to the National Board of Education Sciences and serves on advisory committees for the government, The Brookings Institution, and organizations with an interest in education policy.

Caroline Hoxby

Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford University

Areas of Expertise: Economics of Education, Higher Education, Financial Aid, College Choice, Low-Income and/or Disadvantaged Students, School Choice, Online/Virtual Education, Teachers (effects, pay, unionization, tenure, etc.), Effects of Education on Economic Growth, International Comparisons of Education (especially higher education), School Finance (K-12), Tax Reform, Behavioral Public Finance

Location: Stanford, CA

Contact Information:

Email: choxby@stanford.edu

Please copy Professor Hoxby’s assistant, Kelly Carson (carson@stanford.edu) for additional assistance.

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