Isabel Araiza

Dr. Isabel Araiza is an associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, where she teaches in the Mexican American and women and gender studies programs. She’s an expert on sociology and its intersections with education, social class and inequality. 

Araiza has also spoken up against the university’s plans for in-person classes this fall despite the coronavirus pandemic. Many schools have abandoned plans for in-person instruction this fall due to outbreaks — most notably, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made the rest of the semester entirely online after 130 students tested positive in the first week of classes.

Araiza’s recent research has focused on access to clean water, the political preferences of Latinos, Hispanic serving institutions of higher education in Texas and the community impact of the integration of Corpus Christi Independent School District in the 1970s.

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Araiza went on to earn her PhD in sociology from Boston College. As a public sociologist actively engaged in her community, Araiza is a founding member of For the Greater Good, a local advocacy organization that pushes for access to clean water and investment in public institutions and infrastructure.

She’s also co-authored several health needs assessments on the community needs and uses of hospitals in the Coastal Bend region of South Texas.

Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Expertise Field: Universities and the coronavirus, sociology, Mexican American studies, women and gender studies, social class, education, inequality 

Contact information:

Email: isabel.araiza@tamucc.edu

Phone (cell): 361-779-3927

Phone (office): 361-825-3936

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Eve Ewing

Eve L. Ewing is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago. Her current research is focused on racism, social inequality, urban policy, and the impact these forces have on American public schools and the lives of young people.

Ewing is also a fellow at the Center for Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago and a Civic Media Fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California. She co-directs Crescendo Literary, a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and education resources. She’s also an essayist and poet. Her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches, was published in September 2017. You can find her pieces in many different outlets including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post.

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Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar and Fellow at Center for Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL

Areas of Expertise: Racism, Social Inequality and Urban Policy in Public School Systems, Sociology of Education

Contact Information:

E-mail: eveewing.com/contact
Twitter: @eveewing

Van Tran

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.

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Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Poverty, Neighborhoods and Cities, Social Inequality, Public Policy

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: vantran@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854 4115

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Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, where she focuses on the intersection of immigration and race/ethnicity. Her research covers immigration, social inequality and Asian American studies.

According to her bio, much of Lee’s work centers on the “ways in which contemporary immigrants affect native-born Americans, and also, how native-born Americans affect patterns of immigrant and second-generation incorporation.” She is the author of numerous academic papers and books, including “Civility in the City: Blacks, Jews, and Koreans in Urban America,” and co-author of “The Diversity Paradox: Immigration and the Color Line in 21st Century America.”

Since 2011, Lee has been a fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion. She has written for Time online, The Guardian, Seattle Times (with fellow SOTW Karthick Ramakrishnan) and Zocalo Public Square and has had her work featured on CBS and Colorlines.com.

Professor of Sociology at University of California, Irvine, and Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Children of Immigrants (Second-Generation Americans), Race/Ethnicity, Social Inequality, Asian Americans’ Education and Identities, Mexican American Mobility, Multiracial Americans & Identities

Location: Irvine, CA

Contact Info: 

Phone: (949) 824-7011

Email: jenlee@uci.edu

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