Janelle Jones is an Economic Analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. Her research focuses on labor market topics around race, ethnicity, and the economy. She was previously a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, where she worked on unemployment, job quality, the economics of racial inequality, and unions. Her research has been cited in the New Yorker, The Economist, The Washington Post, and Harper’s.
Economic Analyst, Economic Policy Institute
Areas of Expertise: Economic Policy, Race and Economy, Economic Inequality, Unemployment, Job Quality, Unions
Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an assistant professor in Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her work broadly focuses on social movements in Central America with a focus on Honduras. In particular, Portillo’s research centers on the intersections between labor, gender, and race in workers’ lives in the history of the banana export economy in Honduras and Central America.
Since the coup d’état in Honduras in 2009, Portillo has served as region expert in the media to attest to conditions in Honduras and the rest of Central America. Her expertise has been cited by CNN, NPR’s Take Two, and The Huffington Post.
Assistant Professor in Chicana/o-Latina/o Transnational Studies, Pitzer College
Areas of Expertise: Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies, Labor, Gender, Ethnicity, Race, Honduras, Central America, History of Immigration and Migration in Central America, LGBTQ Community in Honduras
Zareena Grewal is an Associate professor of American, Religious, Middle East, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration at Yale University. Her research and teaching interests include political and cultural developments in the Middle East and South Asia, the refugee crisis and the reform of Islam.
Grewal is also a senior fellow with the Center for Global Policy, where she formerly worked as the research director. A published author and filmmaker, her upcoming book, “Is the Quran a Good Book?” examines U.S. citizens’ views of the Quran and how it factors into ideas of islamophobia and tolerance in America. In 2005, her film “By the Dawn’s Early Light: Chris Jackson’s Journey to Islam” was nationally broadcast in the United States and again more recently on ESPN’s Outside the Lines. She is the recipient of a number of writing awards, including, most recently, the Society for Humanistic Anthropology’s Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing.
Associate professor of American, Religious, Middle East, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration, Yale University
Areas of Expertise: Islam, gender studies, race and ethnicity, religious studies, international film, anthropology, ethnographic writing
Dr. Alexes Harris teaches at the University of Washington and serves as an affiliate at the West Coast Poverty Center and Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology. A driving aim of her work is to produce empirically based research that is theoretically informed, and has real world policy implications for addressing social problems and inequality in the United States. Her most current research examines the sentencing of monetary sanctions, such as fines, fees, and surcharges, to people convicted of felony offenses in Washington state. Using a mixed-method approach, she has analyzed Administrative Office of the Courts data, conducted observations of sentencing and sanctioning hearings, and conducted interviews with court officials to examine variation in sentencing, supervision and sanctioning practices related to unpaid debt.
Harris’ work has been published in a number of academic journals, including The American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Law and Society Review and Symbolic Interaction. With a recently awarded grant, Harris is continuing her research on monetary sanctions to replicate and expand her Washington study in seven other states with collaborators. Harris has testified before the Washington State legislature and Washington State Supreme Court about racial and ethnic inequalities in the criminal justice system and sentencing practices. She was recently appointed by United States Attorney General to a four‐year appointment on the Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board.
Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington
Areas of Expertise: Criminal Justice Processing and Sentencing of Monetary Sanctions, Race and Ethnicity In The United States
Van C. Tran teaches sociology at Columbia University. His primary research focuses on the incorporation of post-1965 immigrants and their children as well as its implications for the future of ethnic and racial inequality in the United States. His other scholarly interests include neighborhoods, urban inequality, and population health, with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino population and New York City neighborhoods.
Some of his recent work adopts a comparative approach to the study of migration in the United States, in Europe, and in China. He received his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard in 2011 and completed his postdoctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. At Columbia, he is the faculty organizer of the Race, Ethnicity and Migration Workshop and teaches courses on immigration, urban poverty, and research methods.
Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Poverty, Neighborhoods and Cities, Social Inequality, Public Policy
Dorian T. Warren is an associate professor of political science and public affairs at Columbia University. He specializes in the study of inequality and American politics, focusing on the political organization of marginalized groups, race and ethnic politics, labor politics, urban politics, American political development, social movements and social science methodology. Warren is a sought-after commentator frequently appearing on networks such as MSNBC, ABC, CNN, NPR and Bloomberg, among other outlets.
At Columbia, Warren is also a Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and coordinates the Center for Urban Research & Policy Seminar Series. In 2013, he was included on the list of NBC’s theGrio’s 100 people making history today. His research focuses on the intersection of labor, politics and race, as well as race and ethnicity.
Dorian currently serves on the boards of the Applied Research Center, Center for Community Change, ALIGN, the Model Alliance, the Discount Foundation and The Nation Magazine Editorial Board. Prior to his teaching position at Columbia University he worked with several organizations, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, American Rights at Work/Jobs with Justice and the NGLTF Policy Institute. He is the author of the forthcoming The Three Faces of Unions: Inclusion & Democracy in the U.S. Labor Movement and Boxing Out: Walmart & the Politics of Labor Market Regulation from Below.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Labor Organizing, Politics, Policy, Race and Ethnic Politics, African-American Politics, Urban Politics and Policy, American Political Development, Community Organizing, Social Movements, Social Science Methodology