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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Mehrsa Baradaran

Mehrsa Baradaran is a law professor at UC Irvine School of Law. She is the author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and The Racial Wealth Gap and How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation and the Threat to Democracy. Her research focuses on race, inequality and financial institutions.

Her research has been funded by New York University School of Law and Brigham Young University. She has testified before Congress, advised U.S. Senators and Congressmen on policy, and spoken at forums like the U.S. Treasury and World Bank.

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Expertise: Banking law, contracts, property, housing, inequality

Location: Athens, Georgia

Contact Information: 

Email: mehrsa@gmail.com

Phone: 646-382-2632

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Van Tran

Van C. Tran teaches sociology at Columbia University. His primary research focuses on the incorporation of post-1965 immigrants and their children as well as its implications for the future of ethnic and racial inequality in the United States. His other scholarly interests include neighborhoods, urban inequality, and population health, with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino population and New York City neighborhoods.

Some of his recent work adopts a comparative approach to the study of migration in the United States, in Europe, and in China. He received his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard in 2011 and completed his postdoctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. At Columbia, he is the faculty organizer of the Race, Ethnicity and Migration Workshop and teaches courses on immigration, urban poverty, and research methods.

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Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Poverty, Neighborhoods and Cities, Social Inequality, Public Policy

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: vantran@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854 4115

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Adriana Kugler

Adriana Kugler is a Colombian/American economist and Professor and Vice-Provost for Faculty at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. Her research interests include labor markets and policy evaluation in developed and developing countries. Her current research explores the impact of extensions of unemployment insurance on quality of jobs and match-quality of jobs, and long-term effects of training programs for disadvantaged youth on participants and external impacts on other family members.

Professor Kugler served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor under the Obama Administration. Her research and policy work have been covered in The Economist magazine, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Univision, NPR and in the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research, Institute for the Study of Labor, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University. She is also Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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Vice-Provost for Faculty and Professor, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy

Areas of expertise: Job Creation, Labor Market Policies, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance Programs, Workforce Investment, Training Programs, Inequality, Poverty, Minorities

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email:
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Heard on: The Economist’s Ideas Economy: Human Potential

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Jennifer Eberhardt

Jennifer L. Eberhardt is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Eberhardt is a Social Psychologist with nearly 20 years of teaching and research work, much of it focused on what she describes as “the stereotypical associations between blacks and crime.” Since 1998, Eberhardt has been at Stanford University, where she is an Associate Professor of Psychology and co-director of Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions (SPARQ).

Eberhardt received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1993, and began her teaching career at Yale University, working in Psychology, African, and African American Studies Departments, while also being a research fellow at the Center for Race, Inequality, and Politics. In addition to Eberhardt’s research on racial profiling, she’s currently assisting law enforcement agencies to develop improved methods of serving their communities, and working with colleagues from other scientific disciplines on a new way to explain cognitive dehumanization by breaking down it’s process and how it aids in discrimination and marginalization in our society.

She has spoken on various panels, at Stanford University’s panel discussing how race alters perception of people, places, and things, at the U.S. Department of Justice with the Racial Disparities Working Group, and at the Ford Foundation Conference on a panel discussing ‘Renewing Communities: Improving educational access in California’s correctional facilities and beyond.’ In addition, Eberhardt has been quoted in the Stanford News, the Oakland Tribune, and co-authored an op-ed for The New York Times.

2014 MacArthur Award Winner Jennifer Eberhardt, Stanford University.

2014 MacArthur Fellow and Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford University

Areas of Expertise: Sociology, Science, Racial Stereotyping, Psychology, Human Development, Law

Location: Stanford, CA

Contact Information:

Email: jleberhardt@stanford.edu

Dr. Eberhardt’s assistant, Lynda Ichinaga
Email: ichinaga@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-2449

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