Dr. Christen A. Smith is an associate professor of anthropology and African and African diaspora studies and the director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She’s an expert on Black liberation and state violence against Black communities in the Americas.
Smith can provide context on the anthropological background of police violence against Black communities. Her recent research examines the lingering and deadly impacts of police violence on Black women, communities and families in the U.S. and Brazil.
Smith is also the founder of Cite Black Women, which promotes the intellectual and academic work of Black women — historically overlooked and undervalued. Through a blog, podcast and social media campaign, the project pushes people to reexamine their blind spots on race and gender and start using and citing the work of Black female sources.
Location: Austin, TX
Expertise: Black liberation, resistance and state violence against Black communities in the Americas
This week’s #NPRSource, Daina Ramey Berry, Ph.D., is an expert in African American History. She is an Associate Professor of History and African American Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on slavery in the United States. Berry is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and the editor of the Gender and Slavery book series at the University of Georgia Press. She is working on publishing her book on a comprehensive study of the prices of the enslaved in the United States. She works in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Human Development & Culture and Learning Sciences Faculty Affiliate, African & African Diaspora Studies Department, at the University of Texas at Austin.
Bentley-Edwards researches the experiences of youth in racial socialization, looking into sociopolitical agency and cohesion among African Americans, as well as white racial socialization, and the messages that white parents provide to their children around race.
Her work examines how cultural strengths can be used to minimize the negative outcomes related to racism stress, violence, aggression, bullying, and community stressors.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Human Development & Culture and Learning Sciences Faculty Affiliate, African & African Diaspora Studies Department, University of Texas at Austin
Areas of Expertise: Psychological Development of the African American Experience in the United States, Adolescent Racial Socialization, Human Development, Culture, Learning Sciences
Luis Zayas has been the dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin since 2012. Previously he was the inaugural Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis.
His work and research focus on diagnostic processes, suicide attempts of young Latinas, and adapting interventions for Latino children, youth and families.
Zayas has spoken to Maria Hinojosa on Latino USA and was a featured educator on WAMC’s The Academic Minute, where he discussed Latina suicide rates.
Dean of the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
Areas of Expertise: Mental Health, Social Policy, Diagnostic Processes, Suicide Attempts of Young Latinas, Mental Health Intervention, Latino Families