Neena Chaudhry

Neena K. Chaudhry is Director of Education and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, where she works to promote the rights of women and girls at school. She places a particular emphasis on improving outcomes for girls at risk for dropout, including girls of color, pregnant and parenting students, girls who experience harassment, are excessively disciplined, or attend schools where the climate is not conducive to learning.

Ms. Chaudhry participates in administrative and legislative advocacy, litigation and public education to protect the rights of women and girls to be free from sex discrimination in school, with a particular focus on Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

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Director of Education and Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: nchaudhry@nwlc.org
Phone: (202) 588-5180

As Heard On SSAIS: “Sexual Harassment and Title IX: Why We Should Care”

Anna Maria Chávez

Anna Maria Chávez is the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. She is the first woman of color to hold this position and an expert on women’s leadership, youth development, and public policy. Previously, she served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under former Arizona Governor, Janet Napolitano. In 2016, Anna Maria Chávez was the recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Medallion of Excellence Award. She works in New York, New York. 

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CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA

Location: New York, New York

Contact Information: 

Email: annamchavez@icloud.com

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Kimberlé Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw is a professor at Columbia Law School and UCLA Law School. Her work focuses on racial and social justice and gender equality. Intersectionality and Critical Race Theory are academic disciplines that have emerged from her work. Crenshaw is also the Executive Director and Co Founder of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School. She has been instrumental in international organizational events such as the United Nations’ World Conference on Racism and the conference for Expert Group on Gender and Race Discrimination. She has also been an influential voice in racial justice campaigns such as “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women” and “Black Girls Matter”. Crenshaw’s articles can be found in Ms.Magazine, Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Southern California Law Review and has appeared on MSNBC, NPR and “The Tavis Smiley Show”.
The American Bar Foundation named Crenshaw the 2016 Fellows Outstanding Scholar.

Kimberle Crenshaw
Kimberle Crenshaw

Professor of Law at Columbia and UCLA

Areas of Expertise: gender equality, race, social and racial justice, affirmative action, violence against women. structural racial inequality

Location: New York and Los Angeles

Contact Info
Email: crenshaw@law.columbia.edu
Twitter: @sandylocks

 

Heard on NPR’s Morning Edition: The Promise of Diversity Is Yet To Be Fulfilled 

Sarah Deer

2014 MacArthur Fellow and Professor of Law Sarah Deer, studies domestic and sexual violence on reservations. She is a board member of the American Bar Association’s commission on Domestic Violence, the National Alliance to end Sexual Violence, and was a Federal Advisory Committee chair for the National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner- Sexual Assault Response Team Initiative. Deer is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Deer has specialized in victim rights and advocacy,and authored an Amnesty International report titled “Maze of Injustice:The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA.” For 15 years, she advised for reform to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that passed in 2013, which allows tribes to press charges against non-tribal members who inflict violence against native women while on tribal land.

Deer has discussed domestic violence on reservations and VAWA in reports by Laura Sullivan and Hansi Lo Wang. She has also been on Minnesota Public Radio, PRI’s The World, Al Jazeera and MSNBC.

Sarah Deer

Assistant Professor at the William Mitchell College of Law
Areas of Expertise: Tribal Law, Domestic Assault and Sexual Violence, Victim Rights, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Location: Saint Paul, MN

Contact Information:
Email: sarah.deer@wmitchell.edu
Phone: (651) 290-6309

To schedule an interview, contact
Lynette Fraction: (651) 290-6431
Steve Linders: (651) 290-6360

Featured on PRI’s The World: How Borders Affect Native American Women’s Rights

Added September 2014

Tiya Miles

Tiya Miles is chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, where she is professor of history, American culture, Native American studies and women’s studies. Her work looking at the interrelationships between African and Cherokee people in colonial America earned her a 2011 MacArthur Foundation fellowship.

Miles has written two prize-winning books, Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom” and “The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story,” as well as numerous articles on women’s history and the black and Native interrelated experience. She has been a frequent guest on NPR’s Tell Me More.

Chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Elsa Barkley Brown Collegiate Professor and Professor of History, American Culture, Native American Studies and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise: History, American History, Native American Issues, African American Studies, Interrelationship Between Native Americans and African Americans, Women’s Issues

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Contact Info:

Email: tiya@umich.edu

Office: (734) 764-5513

Heard on NPR: For a full list, click here.

Tell Me More: Who Gets To Decide Who Is Native American?

Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya is an award-winning author and journalist with more than 20 years of experience combining media, technology and diversity. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, where she teaches radio journalism and works with campus organizations on student and faculty diversity.

Chideya is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Root, WNYC, BET, MSNBC and NPR, where she hosted News and Notes from 2006-2009 and sat in for Michel Martin on Tell Me More. As an author, she focuses on issues including jobs, technology, race relations and tech innovation. She is the author of “Innovating Women” and “Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans,” which she is updating for a special 20th anniversary edition.

Chideya’s work with outlets such as ABC’s Nightline, CNN, MSNBC and Real Time with Bill Maher have earned her a National Education Reporting Award, a North Star News Prize and a special prize from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS.

Farai Chideya

Journalist, Author, Educator, Socio-Political Analyst

Areas of Expertise: Media, Technology, Diversity, Journalism, Women’s Issues, Social Entrepreneurship, Race, Race Relations, Politics, Innovation, Labor Economics

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: fc51@nyu.edu
Phone: (682) 233-2724

Heard on NPR: For a full list, click here.
Tell Me More: Debating President Obama’s First Year On The Job

Margaret Russell

Margaret Russell is a professor of constitutional law at California’s Santa Clara University, where she has taught for the past twenty-five years. She specializes in constitutional law, civil rights and civil liberties, as well as freedom of speech, racial equality, sexual orientation equality and the Supreme Court.

Russell has appeared as a guest on KQED’s The Forum with Michael Krasny. She alsospoke to Tell Me More’s Michel Martin following the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, saying, “And as attitudes change among everyday people in the population, that will actually mean that they’re not counting on a court to be some royal, hierarchical, moral decision-maker, but rather people are changing their minds.”

Margaret Russell

Professor of Constitutional Law, Santa Clara University

Areas of Expertise: Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, Freedom of Speech, Racial Equality, Sexual Orientation Equality, Supreme Court

Location: Santa Clara, CA (in Tanzania on a fellowship 1/14-6/14)
Contact Info:

Email: mrussell@scu.edu

Phone: (408) 554-5234

Heard on KQED: 

The Forum: Affirmative Action Ban Under Scrutiny

Updated March 2015

Karsonya Whitehead

Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an assistant professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. Her work focuses on the intersection of race, class and gender. An award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher, she has become a prominent, candid voice on race relations and African American culture.

In 2013, Whitehead was selected as one of four experts to present at President Obama’s first Black History Month panel at the White House. In addition to her academic work, she is an accomplished documentarian; her films “Twin Towers: A History” and “Life Lessons Learned in Last Place: The Zoe Koplowitz Story” were nominated for New York Emmys.


Assistant Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies, Loyola University Maryland

Areas of Expertise: Intersection of Race, Class and Gender; African American and African Culture; Race Relations; Working in Diverse Environments

Location: Baltimore, MD

Contact Information:
Email: 
kewhitehead@loyola.edu
Phone: (410) 716-8739
Twitter: @kayewhitehead

Heard on WEAA:

The Marc Steiner Show: Outcome Of The Shutdown | Implementing The Affordable Care Act

 

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary is The Washington Post’s resident personal finance expert, dishing out her own brand of financial advice in her widely syndicated column, “The Color of Money.”

Singletary’s financial expertise has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s The View, PBS’ The Tavis Smiley Show, and WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show. She is a frequent guest on NPR and was for several years a regular personal finance contributor for the “Day to Day” program.

She has written for O Magazine and is the author of three books, most recently “The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom.”


“The Color of Money” columnist, The Washington Post

Areas of Expertise: Personal Finance, Business

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email (preferred): michelle.singletary@washpost.com
Mobile: (240) 731-5825
Home Office: (301) 805-8215
Twitter: @SingletaryM

Or via her assistant Tia Lewis:
Email: tia.lewis@washpost.com
Phone: (202) 334-5504

Heard on NPR: For a full list, click here.

Tell Me More: Battle Over Card Swipe Fees Offers Little To Consumers

Heard on The Diane Rehm Show: For a full list, click here.

Coping with the Economy