Dr. Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti is a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Pace University in New York, NY. She is an expert on how public policy is impacted by gender, race, ethnicity- specifically on how Latino youth are impacted by technology, the military system and immigration policy. Monforti is the former president of the APSA Latino Caucus- an association pushing for the promotion and protection of professional development of Latina/os in political science. She has contributed to several news articles and broadcasts including NPR’s All Things Considered.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Pace University
Areas of Expertise: Public Policy Impacts by Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Impacts of Technology, Military System and Immigration Policy on Latino Youth
Location: New York, NY
Phone: 917-724-6769 (cell)
Heard on NPR’s All Things Considered: In Texas Borderland, Security Is No Simple Goal
Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is an expert on criminal justice, mass incarceration, police brutality, criminal defense racism and criminal courts. Van Cleve focuses her research on the cultural impact of mass incarceration and the racial injustice within criminal courts. Her new book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court “reveals the paradoxes and pain of our modern legal culture, including the effects on the punished and punishers” according to Henry Louis Gates. She has provided legal commentary on several news networks including MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, discussing cultural problems with Chicago police, seen here.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University
Areas of Expertise: Criminal Justice, Mass Incarceration, Police Brutality, Criminal Defense Racism, Criminal Courts and Criminal Court Reform
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Publicist info (Emi Battaglia):
Heard on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show
Mariel Vazquez is a professor of Microbiology, Mathematics, and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Davis. She is an expert on the topology of DNA– how DNA strands are looped and knotted. She uses mathematical tools to understand it’s tangled structure. Vazquez is the 2012 recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and has served on the Advisory Board at the National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). She has a passion for simplifying the complex nature of DNA to understandable concepts as demonstrated in this video from Numberphile.
Professor of Microbiology, Mathematics, and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Davis.
Areas of expertise: Topology of DNA
Location: Davis, CA
Phone: (415) 205- 7096 (cell)
Heard on ‘The Shape of DNA- Numberphile’
Adriana Galván, is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. She is an expert on teenage brain development, behavior and related public policy. Her work is centered on the emotional reactivity, learning, and decision making process of adolescents. Galván is able to characterize neutral changes in the developing brain using brain imaging technology. She also serves as the Jeffery Wenzel Term Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience. Several organizations have funded her research including the National Science Foundation.
Galván is a lively and engaging speaker as heard in her TedxYouth talk: “Insight Into the Teenage Brain”
Associate Professor of Psychology and the Brain Research Institute at UCLA
Areas of Expertise: Teenage Brain Development, Teenage Behavior, Juvenile- Related Public Policy
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Heard presenting at a TedxYouth@Caltech: “Insight into the Teenage Brain”
Diana Hernández is an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She is an expert on community-based healthcare, minority health, environmental risk factors, and urban health. She focuses her research on the intersections between infrastructure, poverty and health, with a stress on energy efficiency. Funding from several development organizations allows Hernández to serve as a Co-Investigator on projects for energy efficiency upgrades, improvement on public housing models and the relief of poverty-related health effects.
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Community-Based Healthcare, Minority Health, Environmental Risk Factors, and Urban Health
Location: New York, NY
Phone : (212) 305-0245 (office)
(917) 202-2446 (cell)
Heard on Columbia Public Health video : Energy Insecurity
Patricia Valoy is a STEM advocate and feminist writer. She is an expert on feminism,gender stereotypes and workplace sexism. Valoy is also an engineer and writes on a variety of issues facing women of color in male-dominated, STEM careers. She currently serves as the STEM chairperson for the Women’s Information Network in New York. She is a writer and speaker for Soapbox Inc. and Everyday Feminism.
STEM advocate and Feminist writer
Areas of Expertiese: Feminism, Gender Stereotypes and Workplace Sexism.
Location: Queens, NY
Erika Andiola is a well-known immigration activist. She recently joined Bernie Sanders’ campaign as a Latino outreach strategist, focusing on states in the Southwest. Andiola co-founded the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. She’s a former Congressional Staffer for Arizona Congresswoman, Kyrsten Sinema. Her passion for immigrant rights is driven from her own struggle as an undocumented woman. She has appeared on MSNBC and Univision.
Immigration rights activist
Areas of expertise: Immigration activism
Location: Bernie Sanders campaign HQ in Burlington, VT
Phone: (202) 836-7004
Featured on MSNBC: Up with Steve Kornacki