Elizabeth OuYang

Elizabeth OuYang has been a civil rights attorney and advocate for the past 30 years. She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and New York University’s College of Arts and Science. Her areas of expertise include voting, immigration, media accountability, and combating hate crimes and police brutality.

OuYang’s cases and advocacy have been covered extensively in national and local media. Among her many notable clients include Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old solider found dead in Afghanistan after weeks of racial mistreatment and hazing by his superiors. One of her more recent cases involved Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain, a 19-year-old who faced removal from the U.S. in 2003 after complying with the special registration program targeting Arabs, Muslims and South Asians. He was granted citizenship in 2016. In 2000, she was appointed by president Bill Clinton to serve as a special assistant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Civil Rights Attorney and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights & New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences

Location: New York, New York

Areas of Expertise: Voting, Immigration, Media Accountability, Hate crimes and Police Brutality + Race, Sex, and Disability Discrimination

Contact Information:

E-mail: lizouyang@aol.com
Phone: (718) 650-1960

Charlton McIlwain

Charlton McIlwain is an associate professor of media, culture and communication at New York University. His research interests, most recently funded by the Spencer Foundation, include issues at the intersection of race and media, particularly as it relates to how different forms of digital media have enhanced and/or inhibited political participation among people of color. Additionally, with race and class as starting points, he examines how political candidates can benefit or be hurt by race-based appeals.

McIlwain co-authored the report “Beyond the Hashtags: Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter and the Online Struggle for Offline Justice” with Deen Freelon and Meredith Clark in 2016. His most recent book “Digital Movement: Racial Justice Activism from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter was recognized by the American Library Association as one of the “Best Books” in 2012.

Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communications, NYU Steinhardt

Location: New York, NY

Areas of Expertise: Digital media, social media, social movements, race and political participation, political campaigns

Contact Information:

E-mail: cdm1@nyu.edu
Phone: (212) 992-9495
Twitter: @cmcilwain

Vamsee Juluri

Vamsee Juluri is a professor of Media Studies and Asian Studies at the University of San Francisco. His research interests include the expansion of media audiences, particularly as it relates to Indian cinema, mythology and Ghandian philosophy. He is the author of four books on the subjects of Hinduism, Indian identity and the Indian entertainment industry. His commentary has been featured in BBC World Service, Al Jazeera Televeision and India-Abroad.

One of Juluri’s most recent books is Rearming Hinduism: Nature, Hinduphobia and the Return of Indian Intelligence. It has been referred to as a “handbook for intellectual resistance” and aims to critique society’s views of the culture and practice of Hindusim.


Professor of Media Studies and Asian Studies, University of San Francisco

Location: San Francscio, CA

Areas of Expertise: Hinduism, Asian cinema, cultural politics, Ghandism, media violence, media representation

Contact Information:
E-mail: juluri@usfca.edu
Phone: (510) 387-6518
Twitter: @VamseeJuluri

Seema Yasmin

Seema Yasmin is a reporter at the Dallas Morning News, professor of public health at the University of Texas at Dallas and Medical Contributor for both CNN and NBC Channel 5. An expert in epidemiology, she has served as a disease detective at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has her own column for the Dallas Morning News called ‘Debunked’, which exposes medical myths.

Yasmin has examined epidemics in Kenya, Botswana, the United Kingdom and the Americas, working in environments ranging from maximum security prisons to American Indian reservations. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as the Scientific American and Reuters. In 2016 her reporting on Chagas Disease won an Emmy for Continued Coverage. The same year, her first collection of poetry won the Diode Editions chapbook contest.

Reporter at Dallas Morning News and Professor of Public Health at University of Texas at Dallas

Location: Washington, D.C.

Areas of Expertise: Epidemiology, journalism, media studies, gender-based violence, public health, multimedia storytelling

Contact Information:

E-mail: seemayasmin@gmail.com
Twitter: @DoctorYasmin

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LeiLani Nishime

LeiLani Nishime is based in Seattle, where she is an associate professor of communication at the University of Washington. Her work focuses on Asian Americans in mass media.

Her 2014 book, “Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture,” looks at representations of mixed race Asian Americans in science fiction, advertising, art and celebrity culture. She has also written on Asian American graphic novels, race and science fiction, yellowface performance, and ethnic museums.

She has appeared on Voice of America and was interviewed by NPR Code Switch blogger Kat Chow for a roundtable on the past and present of ‘yellowface.’


Associate Professor of Communication, University of Washington

Areas of Expertise: Asian Americans in Mass Media, Media, Communication, Race

Location: Seattle, WA

Contact Information:
Email: nishime@uw.edu
Phone: (206) 478-1316

Heard on Voice of America:
American Pop Culture Hides, Reveals Multiracial Asian-Americans

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

Oliver Wang

Oliver Wang is a music writer and cultural critic whose work has been published in almost every major hip-hop magazine: The Source, XXL, Vibe, Scratch and others. He has written about race, popular culture and music for Mother Jones, Spin, The Nation and the LA Times.

Wang is a frequent contributor to NPR and KPCC in California and runs the audio blog SoulSides.com. He teaches sociology at California State University at Long Beach, with a focus on race/ethnicity and social issues.


Music Writer and Cultural Critic, Professor of Sociology, California State University, Long Beach

Areas of Expertise: Music, Sports, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Race & Ethnicity, Hip-Hop

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: oliverwang@gmail.com
Phone: (510) 593-3565
Twitter: @soulsidescom

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

Tell Me More: Asian-American Artists Break Into Soul Music

All Things Considered: Kanye’s Latest A Deeply Personal Departure

 

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary is The Washington Post’s resident personal finance expert, dishing out her own brand of financial advice in her widely syndicated column, “The Color of Money.”

Singletary’s financial expertise has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s The View, PBS’ The Tavis Smiley Show, and WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show. She is a frequent guest on NPR and was for several years a regular personal finance contributor for the “Day to Day” program.

She has written for O Magazine and is the author of three books, most recently “The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom.”


“The Color of Money” columnist, The Washington Post

Areas of Expertise: Personal Finance, Business

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email (preferred): michelle.singletary@washpost.com
Mobile: (240) 731-5825
Home Office: (301) 805-8215
Twitter: @SingletaryM

Or via her assistant Tia Lewis:
Email: tia.lewis@washpost.com
Phone: (202) 334-5504

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

Tell Me More: Battle Over Card Swipe Fees Offers Little To Consumers

Heard on The Diane Rehm Show: For a full list, click here.

Coping with the Economy

 

Margaret Zanger

University of Arizona professor of practice Maggy Zanger focuses on Middle East journalism and is an affiliated faculty member of the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She is the project director of the School of Journalism’s partnership with Nangarhar University in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, a three-year effort to develop a journalism department at the Afghan university.

She was the Iraq country director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Iraq for nearly two years, starting centers in Baghdad and Sulaimani to train Iraqi journalists to work for independent news media. Zanger was a faculty member at the American University in Cairo for nearly four years and the coordinator of the publications program of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

Zanger has developed several new global journalism classes at UA, including Media Coverage of International Crises, International Opinion Writing and Reporting the Middle East. She led students on an eight-week study abroad program in Egypt, funded by Fulbright, and has worked on developing other study abroad programs in the Middle East. She has also conducted research on the work attitudes of Iraqi journalists.

Zanger was also the faculty adviser to El Independiente, a student-produced publication that serves the city of South Tucson and is the only bilingual newspaper in the country produced by students in a real community on a regular basis. She also spearheaded the School’s border safety efforts which developed workshops for students on how to report safely along the border, and was a founder of the Border Journalism Network, which functions as a hub through which professionals, educators and their students can gather, develop and share knowledge to improve the quality of border reporting.

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Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona

Areas of Expertise: Middle East & the Muslim World, Egypt, Iraq, Kurds, Kurdish and Iraqi Media Development, Conflict & Media

Location: Tucson, AZ

Contact Info:

Mobile: 520-661-2742

Email: zanger@email.arizona.edumaggyzanger@gmail.commaggyzanger@hotmail.com

Featured on Arizona Public Media: Iran, Iraq and U.S.

Amanda Terkel

Amanda Terkel is a senior political reporter and the politics managing editor at The Huffington Post. She was previously deputy research director at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a progressive research and advocacy organization. She was also the managing editor of ThinkProgress.org, one of CAP’s political blogs.

Terkel has provided political commentary for prominent news organizations, including MSNBC and the BBC. Her bio on shesource.org states that she was honored with a 2010 New Leaders Council 40 Under 40 Award, “which recognizes young leaders who exemplify the spirit of progressive political entrepreneurship.”


Senior Political Reporter and Politics Managing Editor, The Huffington Post

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Political and Social Issues, Political Commentary

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email:
aterkel@huffingtonpost.com
Phone: (646) 468-9170
Twitter: @aterkel

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