Gita Gopinath

Gita Gopinath is a Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University, and has been named one of the top 25 economists under 45 by the International Monetary Fund. Her expertise is in International Finance and Macroeconomics. Gopinath is co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve bank of Boston,  member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala state (India), a co-editor at the American Economic Review, co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics and was managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies.

Gita Gopinath

Professor, Economics and International Finance

Areas of Expertise: Economics, Economic Policy, International Finance, Pricing and Inflation, Currency Exchange

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Contact Info

Email: gopinath@harvard.edu and copy her assistant cgomez@fas.harvard.edu

Phone: (781) 325-2025

 

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David C. Kang

David C. Kang is a professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California. He is also the director of both the USC Korean Studies Institute and the USC Center for International Studies. Kang is broadly interested in the international relations of Asia, with his research exploring questions of economic development, security relations in the region, and the historical basis of contemporary relations. His latest book is American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the 21st Century (Cambridge, 2017).

Kang is a regular consultant for U.S. government agencies and the military for his regional expertise. He has also written opinion pieces in several publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, and he has appeared regularly in media such as CNN, WNYC, and NPR.

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Professor of International Relations and Business, University of Southern California 

Areas of Expertise: International Relations of Asia, Economic Development, Security Relations of Asia, North Korea

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: kangdc@usc.edu

You can also contact Kang’s assistant, Sarah Shear.
Phone: (213) 740-4059

As Heard On PBS News Hour: “Will South Korea’s new president change course with North Korea, U.S.?”

Nicole Bibbins Sedaca

Nicole Bibbins Sedaca is a professor in the practice of international relations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

She served for over a decade at the U.S. State Department before working in democracy and human rights NGOs and academia. She has chaired two NGO boards focused on human trafficking and religious freedom.

Additionally, Bibbins Sedaca has led local governance programs in Ecuador, managed aid programs for displaced citizens in Kosovo and advised the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs.

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Areas of expertise: democracy, human rights, international affairs

Location: Washington D.C.

Contact Information: 

Email: nb44@georgetown.edu

Phone: (703) 772-1937 (cell)

(202)-687-8417 (landline)

Heard on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday: Security Issues Force Foreign Service to Adapt

Last updated: March 31, 2020

Tomas Bilbao

Tomas Bilbao is Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group. Prior to joining the CSG, Mr. Bilbao served as Director of Transition for Senator-elect Mel Martinez and Director of Operations for Mel Martinez for U.S. Senate.

As Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group, Mr. Bilbao is responsible for all the Group’s projects and activities, including developing policy recommendations and educating Members of Congress and the Administration on more effective policies toward Cuba.

Bilbao has appeared on numerous media outlets, including NPR.

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Executive Director, Cuba Study Group

Areas of Expertise: Foreign Policy, Latin American Policy, U.S. Policy, Nonprofit Policy Advocacy, Nonprofit Management

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Phone: (202) 544-5088
Twitter@TomasBilbao

Appearing on Morning Edition ’Travel Freedom Raises Questions About U.S. Policies Toward Cuba

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Giannina Segnini

Giannina Segnini teaches journalism at Columbia University. Her current research focuses on using data to investigate across borders, as well as the shipping industry. She has led a team of journalists and computer engineers in the Investigative Unit at La Nacion to unfold investigative stories by analyzing public databases. Segnini has also trained hundreds of journalists on investigative journalism and database journalism in Latin America, the US, Europe and Asia, in programs like the Organization of American States in Washington DC and the United Nations Development Program.

Over the past decade, Segnini has spoken regularly at international conferences on investigative journalism, like the Global Investigative Journalism Conference. She also coaches cross-border investigations in Latin America and was part of the grand jury for the first Global Award on Data Journalism

Giannina Segnini

Professor of Journalism at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: International Corruption, Bribery, Fraud Investigative Communication Methods, Computer-Assisted Reporting, Data Analysis in Communication

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:
Email: gs2799@columbia.edu
Twitter: @gianninasegnini

Heard on Columbia Journalism School Special: Cabot Prize, Giannina Segnini

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Derrick Cogburn

Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn is an Associate Professor of International Relations at American University. His current research includes global information and communication technology, socio-economic development, and institutional mechanisms for global governance of ICTs (information and communications technology).

Dr. Cogburn is executive director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP), a “think tank” on disability policy that prepares transformative disability policy leaders for the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region with over 20 leading universities and partners. He is also the editor of the Palgrave Macmillan book series on Information Technology and Global Governance, and past president of the Information Technology and Politics section of the American Political Science Association.

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Areas of Expertise: International communication, global disability policy, global information and communication technology and policy, transnational nongovernmental organizations and global civil society, cyberinfrastructure, accessible cyberlearning, geographically distributed collaborative learning, big data

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:

Email: dcogburn@american.edu;

Mobile: 202-255-3991

Twitter: @derrickcogburn

Maya Aguilar, Communications Director

Email: maya.aguilar@aseanidpp.org;

Mobile: 949-291-3091

Twitter: @maya_aguilar

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Last Verified: September 2015

Samer Shehata

Samer S. Shehata is an Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and the Middle East Studies Coordinator in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He has taught at Columbia, New York University, Georgetown University and the American University in Cairo.

Shehata has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation’s Middle East Research Competition, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Carnegie Foundation. He received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. (Politics) from Princeton University, where his dissertation won the Malcolm H. Kerr Award from the Middle East Studies Association.

Dr. Shehata is the author of Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt (2009) and the editor of Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (2012). His analysis has been published in the New York Times, Boston Globe/International Herald Tribune, Salon, Slate, Arab Reform Bulletin, Al Hayat, Al Ahram Weekly and other publications. He has been interviewed by a wide range of media including CNN, BBC, PBS News Hour, NPR, Al Jazeera, New York Times, and many other outlets.


Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and the Middle East Studies Coordinator in the Department of International and Area Studies, the University of Oklahoma

Areas of Expertise: Middle East Politics, Islamist Movements, US-Middle East Relations, Egyptian Politics

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Contact Information:
Email: shehata@ou.edu
Phone: 405-325-1341

Heard on The Diane Rehm Show: Latest On Mass Protests In Egypt