Maxine Burkett is a professor of law at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is also the co-founder and senior advisor to the nonprofit Institute for Climate and Peace.
Burkett is an expert in the law and policy of climate change, with a specific focus on climate justice, climate litigation, climate-induced migration, and climate change, peace, and conflict. At the Wilson Center, Burkett works with the Environmental Change and Security Program on climate impacts in frontline communities, including small island states, and climate change and foreign policy.
Her work has been cited in several news and policy outlets, including BBC Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Nature Climate Change.
She serves on the boards of Blue Planet Foundation, The Climate Museum, ELAW, and Global Greengrants Fund. Burkett is also a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, the Lancet Commission for Reparations and Redistributive Justice, and the American Law Institute.
Areas of Expertise: Climate policy and law, climate-induced migration
Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-American novelist and essayist. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, The New York Times, and in many anthologies. Lalami’s 2014 book, The Moor’s Account, was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her work has been translated into ten languages.
Previously, Yeung was the director of public policy and government relations at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (the Center) in New York City. She also worked for the Center’s Youth Enrichment Services Program for seven years on the Safe Schools Campaign.
Former Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
Areas of Expertise: Asian and Pacific Islanders, Women, Immigrants Rights, LGBT Issues, Domestic and Workplace Violence, Human Rights and Security, Trafficking and Prostitution, Discrimination, Employment and Unemployment, Immigration and Migration
Dean Robert Post of Yale Law School describes Rodriguez as “the nation’s leading theorist of immigration law.” She has written about immigration policy, civil rights and migration for The New York Times, CNN and numerous other publications.
According to her bio, Rodriguez attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. She clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Immigration Law and Policy, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, the Supreme Court, Executive Branch, Effects of Immigration on Society and Culture, Language Rights and Policy, Migration, Civil Rights & Citizenship
Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco is Dean and professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Previously, he taught globalization and Education at New York University and human development and psychology at Harvard University.
As a fellow at Princeton University, Suárez-Orozco worked on issues of education, globalization, and immigration. He is currently co-director of the Harvard Immigration Projects and Immigration Studies at NYU.