Dr. Nora Volkow

Dr. Nora Volkow is an expert in Drug Abuse and Addiction. She is the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her research focuses on the toxic and addictive properties of abusable drugs. She has made important contributions to research regarding the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD, and aging. She works in Bethesda, Maryland.

Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.


Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the NIH

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Contact Information:

Email: media@nida.nih.gov

Phone: 301-443-6245

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Ellen Oh

Ellen Oh is co-founder and President of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) a grassroots organization that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. A former attorney and college instructor, Ellen is also the author of the YA fantasy trilogy, The Prophecy Series, by HarperTeen, and the middle grade book The Spirit Hunters, to be released in 2017. She was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Notable People of 2014.

Ellen Oh
Author and President of We Need Diverse Books campaign

Areas of Expertise: Children’s Fiction, Social Activism through Literature

Location: Bethesda, MD

Contact Information:
Email: ello.echo@gmail.com

Heard on NPR Morning Edition: A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon

Added June 2015

Karsonya Whitehead

Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an assistant professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. Her work focuses on the intersection of race, class and gender. An award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher, she has become a prominent, candid voice on race relations and African American culture.

In 2013, Whitehead was selected as one of four experts to present at President Obama’s first Black History Month panel at the White House. In addition to her academic work, she is an accomplished documentarian; her films “Twin Towers: A History” and “Life Lessons Learned in Last Place: The Zoe Koplowitz Story” were nominated for New York Emmys.

Assistant Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies, Loyola University Maryland

Areas of Expertise: Intersection of Race, Class and Gender; African American and African Culture; Race Relations; Working in Diverse Environments

Location: Baltimore, MD

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 716-8739
Twitter: @kayewhitehead

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The Marc Steiner Show: Outcome Of The Shutdown | Implementing The Affordable Care Act


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