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”

Patricia Gándara

Patricia Gándara teaches and co-directs the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. She also chairs the Working Group on Education for the University of California-Mexico Initiative in which she is spearheading a number of California-Mexico education projects.

Her most current research includes the impact of migration on Mexican origin students in the US and those returning to Mexico, as well as pathways to educational attainment for Mexican and U.S. students of Mexican origin. She specializes in language policy and English learners as well as the impact of offering BA degrees at community colleges.

Gándara recently co-edited two journal issues: Language Policy (2012) and Teachers College Record (2013) that summarize research conducted in Arizona for the Horne v Flores Supreme Court case, which dealt with the rights of English Learners to an equitable education. The studies pointed out the inequities in Arizona’s policy of providing English drill in lieu of access to a standard curriculum as required by the Supreme Court in Lau v Nichols (1974). She is the author of many books including “Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies” with Megan Hopkins, and “The Bilingual Advantage: Language, Literacy, and the U.S. Labor Market” with Rebecca Callahan.

In 2011, Gándara was appointed to President Obama’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and in 2015 received the Distinguished Career Award from the Scholars of Color.

Patricia Gandara
Research Professor and Co-Director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA

Areas of Expertise: Language Policy, Bilingual Education, Latino Education (especially education of Latinas), US-Mexico Education Issues; Higher Education Access and Equity

Location: Los Angeles, CA; Mexico City, Mexico

Contact Information:
Phone: (916) 425-1244

or contact Laurie Russman, coordinator of the Civil Rights Project
Email: larussman@gmail.com

Heard at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education: Gándara Giving The Keynote Speech “Education, Opportunity, and Social Justice: California’s Challenges and its Future” While Receiving LMU’s Educator Of The Year Award

Monica Gonzalez

Monica González is the soccer studio analyst with FOX Sports and founding member of the Mexican women’s national team in 1998.

She began her broadcasting career in 2011, making her debut as a studio analyst during ESPN’s coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Germany 2011. She continues to serve as a sideline reporter for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams on ESPN, studio and match analyst for the Longhorn Network and a contributor to ESPN W, ESPN’s digital platform for female athletes and fans.

As a soccer player, González captained Mexico women’s national team from 2003 – 2007, including the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece – the nation’s first appearance in Olympic soccer competition. She played two seasons of professional soccer with the Boston Breakers, earning 2003 WUSA All-Star honors. González is a former All-America and Academic All-America player at Notre Dame University, leading the Fighting Irish to three NCAA Final four appearances.

A native of Richardson, Texas, González is the founder of Gonzo Soccer, a not-for-profit soccer and leadership academy for girls in ages 8-16 from Chicago’s underserved inner-city communities. She is also an active supporter of the Women’s Sports Foundation and remains dedicated to promoting women’s soccer in Mexico.

Monica Gonzalez

Soccer Studio Analyst at FOX Sports

Areas of Expertise: Women’s Soccer, World Cup, Mexican Soccer 

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Info:

Email: camellia.senemar@fox.com

Phone: 310.369.2610

Twitter: @MonicaGonzo

Heard on FOX Sports 1: Monica González Reacts To The Sepp Blatter News

Added June 2015

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.

Ana Gonzalez Barrerra
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:
mrohal@pewresearch.org (Pew’s Communications Manager)
Phone: (202) 419-4318

Heard on NPR Source of the Week: Ana Gonzalez-Barrera Discusses Voting Trends In Presidential Elections

Added July 2015

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.


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.