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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Miguel Tinker Salas

Miguel Tinker Salas is a professor of History and Latin American Studies at Pomona College and is an authority on the political and social issues confronting Latin America. Salas is most recently the author of Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know (2015).

His research interests in particular center on Venezuelan politics and culture, and the U.S. presence in Venezuela. He is also interested in Latin American immigration policies and the diaspora. His expertise has been featured in several media outlets, including CNN, NPR, and The New York Times.

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Professor of Latin American Studies, Pomona College

Areas of Expertise: Contemporary Venezuelan Politics and Culture, U.S. Presence in Venezuela, Contemporary Mexican Society and Politics, Latin American History, Latin American Immigration Policies and the Latin American Diaspora

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: mtinkersalas@pomona.edu
Phone: (909) 374-7847

As Heard On TRT World: “Venezuela On The Edge: Interview with Miguel Tinker Salas”

Suyapa Portillo Villeda

Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an assistant professor in Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her work broadly focuses on social movements in Central America with a focus on Honduras. In particular, Portillo’s research centers on the intersections between labor, gender, and race in workers’ lives in the history of the banana export economy in Honduras and Central America.

Since the coup d’état in Honduras in 2009, Portillo has served as region expert in the media to attest to conditions in Honduras and the rest of Central America. Her expertise has been cited by CNN, NPR’s Take Two, and The Huffington Post.

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Assistant Professor in Chicana/o-Latina/o Transnational Studies, Pitzer College

Areas of Expertise: Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies, Labor, Gender, Ethnicity, Race, Honduras, Central America, History of Immigration and Migration in Central America, LGBTQ Community in Honduras

Location: Los Angeles, CA | Honduras

Contact Information:
Email: Suyapa_portillo@pitzer.edu
Twitter: @SuyapaPV

As Heard On KPCC’s Take Two: “Young Migrants From Honduras Fleeing Drug and Gang Violence”

Carlos Gutierrez

Carlos Gutierrez, former U.S. Secretary for Commerce and founder of the Republicans for Immigration Reform super political action committee (PAC), spoke to Audie Cornish about amnesty and immigration reform in early February 2013:

A few weeks later, Gutierrez announced he was stepping down from his position as vice chairman at Citigroup to lead his super PAC as chairman. According to his bio on the Hispanic Leadership Network website, he was actively involved in U.S.-Cuba policy during his tenure as Commerce Secretary. He was also previously chairman and CEO of the Kellogg Company.

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Founder and Chairman, Republicans for Immigration Reform super PAC

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Immigration Reform, Business, Commerce, Politics & Policy, Latinos, Cuba, Republican Party, Conservative Politics

Location: Washington, DC (and sometimes New York)

Contact Information:
Email: cmgutierrez53@gmail.com
Phone:
(202) 285-7778

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

All Things Considered: Republicans Divided Over Immigration Reform

Yanira Cruz

Yanira Cruz is CEO and President of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) in Washington, D.C.  NHCOA focuses on improving the quality of life for the older Latino population as well as their families and caregivers. She is an expert in public health, aging issues, and advocating for health programs and policies for Hispanics. Dr. Cruz is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Global Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. She also serves on the Advisory Panel on Medicare that advises the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the effectiveness of a Medicare educational program. Prior to joining NHCOA, she served at several Hispanic focused health organizations including the Institute for Hispanic Health at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).


CEO and President, National Hispanic Council on Aging 

Areas of Expertise: Public Health, Aging Issues, Advocating For Health Programs and Policies For Hispanics

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: ycruz@nhcoa.org
Phone:
(202) 347- 9733
Fax: (202) 347- 9735

Heard On: Comcast Newsmakers

Henry Godinez

Henry Godinez is a professor in the department of theatre at Northwestern University and the resident artistic associate at the Goodman Theatre, where he also served as the director of the Latino Theatre Festival. His Goodman directing credits are expansive and include titles like José Rivera’s Boleros for the Disenchanted and The Sins of Sor Juana by Karen Zacarías.

Godinez is the co-founder and former artistic director of Teatro Vista and has directed at Yale Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre Company in New York, Portland Center Stage, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Indiana Repertory Theatre. As an actor, his credits include Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, The Old Globe Theatre and the Kennedy Center. He’s also appeared in film and television programs including The Fugitive and Chicago Fire. Godinez was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn in 2010 to the Illinois Arts Council, where he serves on its executive committee.

Professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University and the Artistic Associate at the Goodman Theatre

Location: Chicago, IL

Areas of Expertise: Film, Theatre, Latino film, Drama, Performing Arts

Contact Information:

E-mail: hgodinez@northwestern.edu
Phone: Cell (847) 502-8132 | Office (847) 491-3157
Twitter: @HenryDGodinez

Deborah A. Santiago

This week’s #NPRSource, Deborah A. Santiago, is an expert in Education. She is the Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and Vice President for Policy at Excelencia in Education, an organization that aims to improve Latino access in higher education. Her work concentrates on state and federal policy, financial aid, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and the evaluation of effective institutional practices. Deborah is also a board member of the National Student Clearinghouse and Univision’s Education Campaign. She works in Washington, D.C.

Her work has been funded by Ford Foundation, Kresge Foundation, The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, Lumina FoundationUSAFunds, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and Vice President for Policy, Excelencia in Education

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: dsantiago@edexcelencia.org
Phone: (202) 785-7350
Twitter: @ds_excelencia

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Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez

#NPRSource Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez is a professor of psychology at Utah State University. She focuses on parenting in Latino communities. Domenech Rodríguez is in the process of creating a parenting skills program for Spanish-Speaking parents of pre-schoolers in Oregon.  She is the president of the National Latina/o Psychology Association.

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Professor of Psychology at Utah State University 

Location: Logan, UT and Pocatello, ID

Contact Information: 

Email: melanie.domenech@usu.edu

Phone: 435-890-4613

Hear Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez speak on her TED Talk:

 

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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Ian Haney-López

Ian Haney López is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. One of the nation’s leading thinkers on racism’s evolution in the United States since the civil rights era, Ian’s current research emphasizes the connection between racial divisions and growing wealth inequality in the United States. His most recent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, lays bare how over the last fifty years politicians have exploited racial pandering to convince many voters to support policies that ultimately favor the very wealthiest while hurting everyone else.

A constitutional law scholar, he has written extensively on how once-promising legal responses to racism have been turned into restrictions on efforts to promote integration. He has been a visiting law professor at Yale, New York University, and Harvard, where he served as the Ralph E. Shikes Visiting Fellow in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He holds a master’s in history from Washington University, a master’s in public policy from Princeton, and a law degree from Harvard, and is a past recipient of an Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship, awarded to scholars whose work furthers the integration goals of Brown v. Board of Education.

Ian Hanley-Lopez

John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley

Areas of expertise: Race, Class, Latinos, Racism, Race Law, Constitutional Law

Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Contact Info: ihl@law.berkeley.edu 808.729.1811

Heard on Moyers & Company: Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part I

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