Maxine Burkett

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.

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Areas of Expertise: Climate policy and law, climate-induced migration

Location: Honolulu, HI

Contact Information:
E-mail: burkettm@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 956-2865 (o) | (808) 478-2146 (c)

Last updated April 10, 2020

Laila Lalami

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.

Lalami is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.

Laila Lalami
Author and Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside

Areas of Expertise: Morocco and North Africa, Women and Islam, Migration, Historical Fiction

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email:
llalami@yahoo.com | laila@lailalalami.com

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Miriam Yeung

Miriam Yeung is the former executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), “an organization dedicated to issues of social justice and human rights for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls in the U.S.” NAPAWF provided funding and outreach to the National Asian American Survey (led by one of our other sources, Karthick Ramakrishnan). You can see some of Yeung’s presentations here.

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.

In 2012, she was honored by the National Council for Research on Women as one of the “30 Leaders Changing the Way the World Looks at Women.” She has also co-produced a documentary about LGBT youth in New York City called “I Look Up to the Sky Now.”

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

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: myeung@napawf.org

Office: (202) 470-3170 x30

Mobile: (917) 306-4404

Twitter: @miriamyeung

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

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Cristina Rodriguez

Cristina Rodriguez teaches constitutional law, administrative law, and immigration law at Yale Law School. She is the first tenured Latino faculty member. She earned both her B.A. and J.D. at Yale and was previously a professor at NYU School of Law. From January 2011 to January 2013, Rodriguez worked in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

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

Location: New Haven, CT


Contact Information:
Email: cristina.rodriguez@yale.edu

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All Things Considered: What’s Different Today For Ariz. Illegal Immigrants?

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Marcelo Suárez-Orozco

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.

He blogs for The Huffington Post and has written several books, including Transformations: Immigration, Family Life, and Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents and Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue.


Dean and Professor of Education, University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Immigration Reform, Education, Culture, Psychology, Anthropology, Migration, Globalization, Latinos in the U.S.

Location: Los Angeles, CA


Contact Information:

Email: mms-o@gseis.ucla.edu

Phone: (310) 825-8308

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