Donna Ford, Ph.D.

Donna Y. Ford is a Professor of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. She teaches in the university’s Department of Special Education as well as its Department of Teaching and Learning. Her research/writing focuses on multicultural/urban education of minority children and youth and practices of recruiting and retaining students of color in gifted and Advanced Placement programs.

She is the author of several books and more than 200 publications and co-founded the Scholar Identity Institute for Black Males at Vanderbilt. In 2014 she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Literature Instruction in recognition of publication of her book, Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education.

 Professor of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Areas of Expertise: Education, special education, youth of color, multicultural classroom practices, African-American identity, African-American family involvement, recruiting and retaining students of color in gifted education

Contact Information

E-mail: donna.ford@vanderbilt.edu

Phone: (615) 322-4460

Twitter: @donnayford

Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti

Dr. Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti is a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Pace University in New York, NY. She is an expert on how public policy is impacted by gender, race, ethnicity- specifically on how Latino youth are impacted by technology, the military system and immigration policy. Monforti is the former president of the APSA Latino Caucus- an association pushing for the promotion and protection of professional development of Latina/os in political science.  She has contributed to several news articles and broadcasts including NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Pace University 

Areas of Expertise: Public Policy Impacts by Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Impacts of Technology, Military System and Immigration Policy on Latino Youth

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: jlavariegamonforti@pace.edu

Phone: 917-724-6769 (cell)

Twitter:@dralavariega 

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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.

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

Claudia Galindo

Sociologist Claudia Galindo spoke to NPR’s Claudio Sanchez about the academic shortcomings of Latino children compared to their white counterparts. Galindo was part of a team of researchers that studied Latino parents and how they prepare their kids for school.

“We found that Latino kids bring to school strong emotional skills and strong social skills, which means they know how to share with their peers. They know how to follow instructions. They know how to listen. And…these kids are being raised in very supportive and warm family environments.“

In addition to her interdisciplinary research, Galindo teaches courses on inequality in education and immigration at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University, with the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), and she co-authored the book Multicultural Partnerships: Involve All Families.

Galindo has a Ph.D in Education Policy and Comparative International Education from Pennsylvania State University.

Claudia Galindo

Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Areas of Expertise: Educational inequality, Educational Policy & Reform, Family, School &Community Partnerships, Latino Education, Education, Immigration 

Location: Baltimore, MD
Contact Info:

Phone: (814) 876-0683
Email: galindo@umbc.edu

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

All Things Considered: Study: Latino Children Make Up For Academic Shortcomings With Strong Social Skills

Added January 2013

Last Verified September 2015