Dolores Albarracín

Dr. Dolores Albarracín is a professor of psychology, business and medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She’s an expert in social and clinical psychology and can provide insight on how the anti-vaccination movement and the spread of misinformation on social media are affecting the coronavirus pandemic.

At the University of Illinois, Albarracín directs the Social Action Lab and the Health, Social Media and Technology Group, where she studies social cognition and action, communication, misinformation and changes in behaviors and attitudes.

Her work there has focused on COVID-19, substance use, HIV/AIDS and vaccines. Recent publications include a study on the ways anti-vaccination social media posts influence vaccine behavior and her April 2020 research finding that Americans who consume conservative media are more likely to believe conspiracy theories about the coronavirus.

Albarracín has authored five books and 170 journal articles and book chapters and served as the editor-in-chief of Psychological Bulletin from 2014 to 2020. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997, and has been a tenured professor at the University of Florida and at the University of Pennsylvania.

Location: Urbana, IL

Expertise Field: Social and clinical psychology, behavior and attitudes, communication, misinformation and public health

Contact information:

Email: dalbarra@illinois.edu 

Phone: 217-840-2383

Twitter: @socialactionlab

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Charlton McIlwain

Charlton McIlwain is an associate professor of media, culture and communication at New York University. His research interests, most recently funded by the Spencer Foundation, include issues at the intersection of race and media, particularly as it relates to how different forms of digital media have enhanced and/or inhibited political participation among people of color. Additionally, with race and class as starting points, he examines how political candidates can benefit or be hurt by race-based appeals.

McIlwain co-authored the report “Beyond the Hashtags: Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter and the Online Struggle for Offline Justice” with Deen Freelon and Meredith Clark in 2016. His most recent book “Digital Movement: Racial Justice Activism from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter was recognized by the American Library Association as one of the “Best Books” in 2012.

Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communications, NYU Steinhardt

Location: New York, NY

Areas of Expertise: Digital media, social media, social movements, race and political participation, political campaigns

Contact Information:

E-mail: cdm1@nyu.edu
Phone: (212) 992-9495
Twitter: @cmcilwain

Sarah J. Jackson

Sarah J. Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and faculty affiliate of the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies at Northeastern University. Her research and teaching interests include the use of media and technology to represent racial justice and social movements, with a particular focus on the role of social media in activism. Her research on the use of Twitter by journalists and activists has been funded by the Knight foundation.

Jackson is also a faculty affiliate of Northeastern’s Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies program. Her most recent book, Black Celebrity, Racial Politics and the Press examines the relationship between race, celebrity protest and the media. Her commentary has been featured on PBS, Politico and NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

Sarah Jackson
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Affiliate of Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Northeastern University

Areas of Expertise: Communications, Media Studies, Technology, Gender Studies, Social Media, Politics, Culture, Social Sciences

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Contact Information:
E-mail: s.jackson@northeastern.edu
Phone: (617) 373-7874
Twitter: @sjjphd

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Deen Freelon

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Deen Freelon is an associate professor of communication at American University. He is an expert in political expression through digital media and the use of computational methods to extract, preprocess and analyze large datasets. Freelon is the creator of ReCal, an online application with intercoder reliability, that is used by researchers worldwide.  His data findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Information, Communication & Society. Freelon is located in Washington, DC.

Contact Information:

Email: dfreelon@gmail.com

Twitter: @DFreelon

Phone: (202) 885-6462

Sixcia Devine

Sixcia Devine is a small business growth expert. She is the Regional Development Director for Southern Florida and US Hispanic Markets for Constant Contact. Her work focuses on entrepreneurship, social media outreach, new marketing technology, business planning and connecting general markets to Hispanic markets. She has held important positions at business and marketing consulting firms and organizations. Devine has written several publications including  Tapping Into The Hispanic Market: Connect. Engage. Innovate. She has also won the Providence Business News 40 Under 40 Award twice.

Regional Development Director for Southern Florida and U.S. Hispanic Markets 

Areas of Expertise: Small Business Growth, Entrepreneurship, Social Media Outreach, New Marketing Technology, Business Planning, Connecting General Markets to Hispanic Markets

Location: Boca Raton, FL

Contact Information

Email: sdevine@constantcontact.com 

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Raina Merchant

Dr. Raina Merchant is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care. She is the Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program (CSP) at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab. Dr. Merchant was recently recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of 10 young investigators likely to have a significant impact on the future of health and health care in the US.

Her work is at the intersection of health and social media, mobile media, and crowdsourcing. She has specifically conducted projects evaluating health behaviors and communication on social media sites like Facebook, Yelp, Instagram, Foursquare, and Gigwalk. One of her projects in this area involves “banking language” through the development of a unique longitudinal database of social media data merged with health record data. Much of her work also bridges new technologies in the field of cardiovascular health and resuscitation science. In this context, she is the Director of the MyHeartMap Challenge, a social media and crowdsourcing project aimed at improving AED (automated external defibrillator) access and awareness by engaging the public to serve as citizen scientist. Her current research focuses on the impacts on Twitter and cardiovascular health.

Raina Merchant

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Expertise: Public health, Social media research, crowdsourcing, resuscitation science

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Contact Information:

Email: raina.merchant@uphs.upenn.edu

Twitter: @RainaMerchant
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Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom teaches sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also an affiliated faculty at The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and contributing editor at Dissent magazine. Her current research focuses on inequalities in education, technology and work, which includes a study of for-profit colleges in the U.S., inequalities among “public intellectuals” and social media practices in institutions.

McMillan Cottom’s research aims to understand how inequalities manifest in the new economy and how those inequalities can be addressed. In addition to teaching and researching, she has advised academic, community and political organizations on matters of race/gender/class inequality, higher education and workforce development. McMillan Cottom also consults with universities and non-profit organizations on public scholarship, technology and organizational change.

Tressie McMillan Cottom
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Areas of Expertise: For-profit Higher Education, Digital Inequalities, Transition Points from Student to Worker

Location: Richmond, VA

Contact Information:
Email:
tmcottom@vcu.edu
Twitter: @tressiemcphd

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Democratizing Ideologies and Inequality Regimes in Digital Domains

 

Korina Lopez

Korina Lopez consults at the World Bank on social media and online campaigns on international development. Before joining the World Bank, she worked as a journalist for more than 15 years with USA Today and The Washington Post. Her current research focuses on the intersection between international development and pop culture, and capturing a larger audience.

A self-styled “pop-culture pundit, video host, content strategist, social media maven and innovative storyteller,” Lopez is also an experienced leader and mentor who has worked with both veteran and budding journalists. Her expertise covers the entertainment industry as well as international development.

Korina Lopez
Social Media Campaigns Consultant at the World Bank

Areas of Expertise: Social Media, Digital Strategy, Online Campaigns, Video Hosting.

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: korinalopez@gmail.com
Twitter: @korinalopez

Heard on The World Bank’s #Music4Dev: Korina Lopez Interviews Fantastic Negrito

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Humera Khan

Humera Khan is the Executive Director of Muflehun, a think tank specializing in preventing radicalization and countering violent extremism (CVE). Khan contributes in an advisory capacity to the US government (including FBI, DHS, DOJ, DNI, DOS, NCTC, NSC and TSA) and law enforcement agencies in several European countries.

Khan holds four degrees from MIT: an MS in Technology & Policy, an MS in Nuclear Engineering, a BS in Art & Design and a BS in Nuclear Engineering. She also has an MA in Islamic Studies from the School of Islamic and Social Sciences, an affiliate seminary of the Washington Theological Consortium. Previously, Khan designed and integrated methodologies for threat anticipation and risk assessment for the Singapore government, as well as designed energy security strategies for clients of the U.S. government.

Currently, Khan’s work includes the design and launch of the Viral Peace program for the US Department of State to train youth leaders on the strategies of using social media to build communities and counter extremism. She is a frequent speaker on CVE and the role of social media in fighting extremism around the globe. In 2012 she received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for her work.

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Executive Director, Muflehun

Areas of Expertise: Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Social Media in CVE, Security Strategies, Islamic Studies, Ideology of Violent Extremism, Women in Security, Youth CVE Programs, Online Radicalization, Women CVE Programs

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: info@muflehun.org

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Rey Junco

Rey Junco (HOON-koh) is a faculty associate at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He researches how youth interact with social media and technology and how this affects development, engagement, and learning.

Junco’s most recent studies include “Comparing actual and self-reported measures of Facebook use” and “In-class multitasking and academic performance.” He has been on Tell Me More discussing kids’ online privacy and teenagers who post racist tweets.

Junco holds a doctorate in counselor education and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Penn State University. He blogs at Social Media in Higher Education.

Associate Professor of Library Science in the Purdue University Libraries, Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University

Areas of Expertise: Social Media, Youth and Media, Higher Education, Clinical Psychology, Library Sciences

Location: West Lafayette, IN


Contact Info:

Phone: (814) 441-0339

Email:rjunco@cyber.law.harvard.edu

Twitter: @reyjunco

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