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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Sharon A. Navarro

Sharon A. Navarro is professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is an expert consultant on women in politics, race and American politics, and Latinx politics.

Her most recent publications include Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of the American Judiciary, Latinas in American Politics, Latino Urban Agency, co-authored Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas (2008), and authored Latina Legislator: Leticia Van De Putte and the Road to Leadership (2008).

Navarro also serves as a political advisor and offers seminars for Democrat and Republican Latina candidates running for office.

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Areas of Expertise: Women in politics, Race and American politics, Latinx politics

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Contact Info:

Email: sharon.navarro@utsa.edu

 Phone: (210) 458-2547

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Ana Gonzalez-Barrera

Ana Gonzalez-Barrera researches public opinion of Hispanic and immigrant populations in the U.S. at the Pew Research Center. She is a primary contributor to all the different stages of the center’s National Survey of Latinos. For more than four years, Gonzalez-Barrera worked at CIDE in Mexico, where she coordinated two rounds of the Mexico and the Americas public opinion survey in 2004 and 2010, and then served as director of population distribution at the Mexican Population Council before joining the Pew Research Center in 2011.

She is an author of An Awakened Giant: the Hispanic Electorate is Likely to Double by 2030,The Path Not Taken: Two-thirds of Legal Mexican Immigrants are not U.S. Citizens, and Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less, among others.

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Research Associate, Pew Research Center

Areas of Expertise: Public opinion research and statistical analysis of Hispanic and immigrant populations in the U.S., with a particular expertise on Mexican migration

Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact Information:
Email:
mrohal@pewresearch.org (Pew’s Communications Manager)
Phone: (202) 419-4318

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Maria Cristina Garcia

Maria Cristina Garcia is the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. Her work focuses on refugees, immigration, exiles, and transnationals in the Americas. Her first book Havana USA: Cuban Exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida, provides an in-depth look at the migration of Cubans to the United States after Fidel Castro took power in 1959.

Her more recent work Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration to Mexico, and the United States, and Canada, is, in her own words, “a study of the individuals, groups, and organizations that responded to the Central American refugee crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, and helped reshape refugee policies throughout North America.”

Garcia has appeared on NPR.

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Howard A. Newman Professor in American Studies at Cornell University

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, U.S.-Cuban Relations, Latino U.S. History

Location: Ithaca, NY

Contact:

Phone: (607) 255-0469

Email: mcg20@cornell.edu

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Jerry Gonzalez

Jerry Gonzalez is the founder and current executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund. Gonzalez has been named one of “Georgia’s 100 Most Influential” by Georgia Trend Magazine. GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.

Previously Gonzalez worked with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) as a Legislative Policy Analyst, focusing upon immigrants’ rights issues at the Georgia General Assembly and in several local jurisdictions across the Southeast. Through his efforts, DeKalb County became the largest municipality to accept the Mexican Matricula Consular ID card as a form of identification for Mexican nationals in DeKalb County and he worked towards the passage of a new Georgia flag without the confederate battle emblem.

During the 2010 Census, Gonzalez advocated for strong participation of the Latino community in Georgia, which ended up having a 96% increase, representing 28% of the state’s overall growth. In voter engagement efforts, the Latino electorate has grown to well over 150,000 from a mere 10,000 in 2003. In addition, the Latino voter participation rates in most jurisdictions in Georgia during the 2008 election out-performed the national Latino voter participation rates.

Most recently Gonzalez and GALEO have been actively fighting passage of Georgia’s HB 87, an Arizona-style anti-immigration legislation. After the passage of HB 87, Gonzalez worked with community leaders and lawyers on a lawsuit that sought to halt its implementation and filed an Amicus Brief in support of the litigation to stop HB87 which resulted in the judges halting the “show me your papers” provisions of the law.

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Founder, Executive Director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials

Areas of Expertise: Latino Issues, Immigration, Politics, Latino Vote, Latino Politics,Leadership Development, Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Gay Rights, Marriage Equality

Location: Atlanta, GA
Contact Info:

Office: (404) 745-2580

Email: jerry@galeo.org

Twitter:@GALEOorg

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Miguel Pérez

Miguel Pérez is professor and chair of the Department of Journalism, Communication and Theatre, at Lehman College, CUNY, in the Bronx. He is an award-winning reporter and columnist. He has spent his 35-year career covering the issues and concerns of America’s burgeoning Latino population and chronicling the evolution of Hispanic heritage.

He has appeared on Telemundo 47 as a political analyst and has examined key issues affecting the Hispanic community on CNN, Univision, the FOX Business Channel and several Latin American TV and radio networks. He has reported for The Tampa Times and The Miami Herald, and was a staff columnist for the New York Daily News and The Record of Hackensack, NJ.

In his nationally syndicated columns he looks at Latino contributions to American society, the fight to protect democratic rights in Latin America, immigration trends across the United States and many other issues of concern to America’s Hispanic population.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Journalism, Communication and Theatre at Lehman College, CUNY

Expertise: Politics, Latinos in Politics, Immigration, Latino Politics, Latino Issues

Location: New York, NY

Contact Info:

Email: miguel.perez1@lehman.cuny.edu

Phone: (718) 960-6741

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Al Cardenas

Alberto R. “Al” Cardenas is the chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU). He is also a partner in the Miamilaw firm Tew Cardenas and a senior partner in the advocacy and lobbying firms Cardenas Partners and The Advocacy Group.  He has appeared as a Republican commentator on networks such as MSNBC, Fox, CNN, and Univision.

Previously, Cardenas served as the chairman and vice-chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. According to his bio, he “has represented the state of Florida at every Republican National Convention since 1976.”

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Chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU)

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Republicans, Republican Strategy, Law, Advocacy, Lobbying, Latino Politics

Location: Miami, FL (with frequent travel throughout Florida and to Washington, D.C.)

Contact Information:

Twitter: @AlCardenasACU

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Mobile: (202) 210-3250

Email: joe@spinnakercommunications.com

Twitter: @Kildea

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Victoria DeFrancesco Soto

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto is a senior analyst at Latino Decisions, a Latino polling firm.

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.

DeFrancesco Soto is a regular contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. She blogs for NBC Latino, the Huffington Post, and POLITICO’s Arena.


Fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas

Areas of Expertise: Social Identity and Political Behavior, Latino Politics, Women, Race and Ethnic Politics, Immigration, Campaigns and Elections, Political Marketing

Location: Austin, TX

Contact Information:
Email:
drvmds@gmail.com
Mobile: (312) 480-1868
Twitter: @drvmds

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