Janelle Jones

Janelle Jones is an Economic Analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. Her research focuses on labor market topics around race, ethnicity, and the economy. She was previously a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, where she worked on unemployment, job quality, the economics of racial inequality, and unions. Her research has been cited in the New Yorker, The Economist, The Washington Post, and Harper’s.

Janelle JonesEconomic Analyst, Economic Policy Institute 

Areas of Expertise: Economic Policy, Race and Economy, Economic Inequality, Unemployment, Job Quality, Unions

Location: Washington, DC

Contact information: 

Email (preferred): news@epi.org

Phone: (202) 775-8810

 

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Cecilia Rouse

Cecilia Rouse is the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University and a professor of the economics of education. She previously served as a member of President Obama’s three-person Council of Economic Advisers, providing analysis and advice on economic policy issues.

Rouse’s work focuses mostly labor economics, particularly in education. A well-known scholar, she has written numerous papers on topics such as the economic benefits of attending community college, sex discrimination in symphony orchestras and the effect of student-loan debt on career choices of college graduates.

Rouse has been featured in a number of media outlets, including Slate and Fox and has appeared on PBS’s Need to Know and The Takeaway with John Hockenberry.


Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Professor of the Economics of Education, Princeton University

Areas of Expertise: Economics of Education, Public Policy, Economic Policy, Labor Economics, Domestic and International Poverty

Location: Princeton, NJ

Contact Information: Please go through Elisabeth Donahue, associate dean for public and external affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School

Email: edonahue@princeton.edu
Phone: (609) 258-5988

Heard on The Takewaway:

Long-Term Unemployment Difficult to Change

Featured on PBS:

Need To Know: Cecilia Rouse on the dropout rate

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.

Heard on NPR Tell Me More: Navigating the College Money Maze

Added June 2015

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.

Official portrait Adriana Kugler
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:
 ak659@georgetown.edu

Heard on: The Economist’s Ideas Economy: Human Potential

Added May 2015

George Borjas

George J. Borjas is the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2011. Borjas has written extensively on labor market issues. He is the author of several books, including his more recently Immigration Economics in 2014. His editorials can also be found in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Le Monde.

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Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School

Areas of expertise: Immigration, Economics, Public Policy, Labor Economics

Location: Cambridge, MA

Contact Info:

Email: gborjas@harvard.edu

Phone: (617) 495-1393

Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya is an award-winning author and journalist with more than 20 years of experience combining media, technology and diversity. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, where she teaches radio journalism and works with campus organizations on student and faculty diversity.

Chideya is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Root, WNYC, BET, MSNBC and NPR, where she hosted News and Notes from 2006-2009 and sat in for Michel Martin on Tell Me More. As an author, she focuses on issues including jobs, technology, race relations and tech innovation. She is the author of “Innovating Women” and “Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans,” which she is updating for a special 20th anniversary edition.

Chideya’s work with outlets such as ABC’s Nightline, CNN, MSNBC and Real Time with Bill Maher have earned her a National Education Reporting Award, a North Star News Prize and a special prize from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS.

Farai Chideya

Journalist, Author, Educator, Socio-Political Analyst

Areas of Expertise: Media, Technology, Diversity, Journalism, Women’s Issues, Social Entrepreneurship, Race, Race Relations, Politics, Innovation, Labor Economics

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: fc51@nyu.edu
Phone: (682) 233-2724

Heard on NPR: For a full list, click here.
Tell Me More: Debating President Obama’s First Year On The Job

William Spriggs

William Spriggs is the former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor. He currently serves as the chief economist to the AFL-CIO and has been professor of economics at Howard University since 2012.

Spriggs’ economic expertise lies in workforce issues, labor, tax and public policy. Prior to his position at AFL-CIO, he lead economic policy development at the Economic Policy Institute, National Urban League, the U.S. Department of Commerce,  the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Join Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.

His work has been featured in Politic365 and on the Washington Post’s PostTV. Spriggs has also appeared on NPR as an economics expert.


Chief Economist, AFL-CIO
Professor of Economics, Howard Univeristy

Areas of Expertise: Economics, Federal Policy, Labor

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: wspriggs@howard.edu | wspriggs@aflcio.org
Phone: (571) 214-7919 (c) | (202) 637-5074 (o)
Twitter: @wspriggs

Heard on NPR:

Tell Me More: “U.S. Cost of Living on the Rise”

PostTV: “Should the U.S. Raise the Minimum Wage?”

 

William Rodgers, III

William M. Rodgers, III, brings almost two decades of senior policy and economic experience to his current role as professor of public policy at Rutgers University. He served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2000-2001 before coming to Rutgers. In his spare time, he serves on the United Way World Wide’s U.S. Board of Trustees.

Rodgers has been on a number of local boards and worked under various mayors and governors, managing everything from government reform to labor development. It’s this understanding of how policy decisions affect labor and workforce development issues that enables him to speak on a wide range of topics, including income inequality, racial disparities, unemployment issues and government efficiency.

Rodgers’ expertise has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and Financial Times. He has been a guest on TV and radio programs including The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, NBC’s Meet the Press, CNBC’s Squawk Box and NPR’s All Things Considered.


Professor and Chief Economist, Rutgers University

Areas of Expertise: Government Policy, Economics, Workforce Development, Labor

Location: New Brunswick, NJ

Contact Information:
Email: wrodgers@ejb.rutgers.edu
Phone: (609) 240-5555
Twitter: @WMRodgersIII

Heard on NPR: For a full list, click here.

All Things Considered: Economic Indicators Point To Poor Recovery

Featured on Ebru Today: November Jobs Report 

 

Mark Hugo Lopez

Mark Hugo Lopez is the director of the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. According to his bio, “he studies the attitudes and opinions of Latinos, Hispanic views of identity, the political engagement of Latinos in the nation’s elections and Latino youth.” He also coordinates the Pew Hispanic Center’s National Survey of Latinos.

Previously, Lopez was a research director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) as well as a research assistant professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.  He has a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.


Director, Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project

Areas of Expertise: Attitudes and Opinions of Latinos, Hispanic Identity, Latino Politics, Latino Youth, Economics of Education, Labor Economics, Immigration, Politics, Elections

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Pew Hispanic Communications Line: (202) 419-4372
Twitter: @mhugolopez

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

Morning Edition: A Challenging Race In California’s Heartland

All Things Considered: Data Reveal Complex Picture Of Hispanic-Americans

Julianne Malveaux

Julianne Malveaux (MAL-voh) is an economist, commentator, author and the founder of the multimedia production company Last Word Productions. She has appeared on a wide range of television networks such as CNN, PBS, NBC, and Fox News to speak about economics and social issues. She has written several books, including “Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History” (2010).

Malveaux was previously the president of Bennett College, a historically black women’s college. She serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute as well as The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, D.C. She has a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.


Economist and Founder, Last Word Productions

Areas of Expertise: Economics, Labor Economics, Social Issues, Culture, Gender, Race, Education

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:

Book through Barbara D. Caldwell

Office: 202-462-1932
Mobile: 202-262-8523
Email: lastwordproddc@gmail.com

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

Tell Me More: Would Armed Guards Make School Safer?

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Added January 2013