Joshua Aronson is an Associate Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University. more>>
After receiving a PhD from Princeton, Aronson did post-doctoral work at Stanford University with Professor Claude Steele. In 1995 Steele and Aronson published their landmark laboratory studies on “stereotype threat,” a performance-inhibiting phenomenon that occurs when students confront the negative expectations of the particular stereotypes assigned their race. The studies show that if you could minimize stereotype threat in testing situations, you could get rid of a big portion of the gap between blacks and whites on standardized tests.
Since then, Aronson has continued his laboratory research, but he has also conducted intervention work in the schools, both examining the psychological underpinnings of the performance gap and developing practical methods for reducing it. Aronson is also starting to assemble a nationwide coalition of experts concerned with this achievement gap who will eventually create a national task force to focus their efforts and share research.
Matt A. Barreto
Matt A. Barreto is an assistant professor in political science at the University of Washington, Seattle and a founding member of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality (WISER).
Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, and other peer-reviewed journals.Matt specializes in Latino and immigrant voting behavior, and teaches courses on Racial and Ethnic Politics, Latino Politics, Voting and Elections, and American Politics at UW. Part of his research agenda also includes public opinion and election surveys, including exit polling methodology. Matt is also an affiliated research scholar with the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (www.trpi.org) since 1999 and with the Center for the Study of Los Angeles (www.lmu.edu/csla) since 2002. In 2004, he was a co-author of the TRPI/Washington Post National Survey of Latino voters and in 2005, he was co-principal investigator of the CSLA Los Angeles Mayoral exit poll.Matt Barreto’s Research
Ludovic Blain is an author and progressive entrepreneur, having created projects domestically and on three continents.
Camille Zubrinsky Charles is Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and Education, at the University of Pennsylvania. more>>
Longitudinal Survey of Freshmen, and Race in the American Mind: From the Moynihan Report to the Obama Candidacy (with Lawrence Bobo). She is also nearing completion of a sole-authored book on Black racial identity in the United States, tentatively titled, The New Black: Race Conscious or Post-Racial?Professor Charles earned her Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of California,
Los Angeles, where she was a project manager for the 1992-1994 Multi-City Study
of Urban Inequality. Her research interests are in the areas of urban inequality,
racial attitudes and intergroup relations, racial residential segregation, minorities
in higher education, and racial identity; her work has appeared in Social Forces,
Social Problems, Social Science Research, The DuBois Review, the American Journal
of Education, the Annual Review of Sociology, The Chronicle of Higher Education,
and The Root.
Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is interested in people’s beliefs and attitudes toward social groups, with special attention to mental processes that promote stereotypes and prejudices toward disadvantaged social groups. more>>
Rachel D. Godsil
Rachel D. Godsil is the co-founder and research director for the American Values Institute, a national consortium of social scientists, advocates, and law professors focusing on the role of implicit bias in law and policy, as well as the Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law at Seton Hall University Law School. more>>
Phillip Atiba Goff
Phillip Atiba Goff is an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. more>>
He was born in Philadelphia, PA, and raised in the nearby suburbs. He concentrated in Afro-American Studies at Harvard University and studied Social Psychology at Stanford University before taking his first appointment at The Pennsylvania State University. While there, Dr. Goff created the Africana Research Center’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program and coordinated it for 2 years before leaving. His research has led him to become an expert in race, policing, and intersectional identity. In that capacity, Dr. Goff has been recruited as an equity researcher and consultant for police departments around the country, a role he continues to play enthusiastically. His work on equity issues in policing has led to foundation of the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity with Tracie L. Keesee.Goff’s research investigates the possibility that contextual explanations play an under-explored role in producing racial inequality. Rather than focusing on racial attitudes that are internal to an individual, his research examines ways in which environmental factors can produce racially disparate outcomes. Through this research, he hopes to expand the scope of what comes to mind when one thinks of the causes and consequences of inequality. Phillip Goff’s Research
DeLeon L. Gray
DeLeon L. Gray is a Doctoral Candidate (Educational Psychology) in his final year of study at The Ohio State University. more>>
He has several early career highlights including working in the professional sector at three national organizations that specialize in understanding the science of the mind and human behavior—the National Institutes of Health, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Institutes for Research. He possesses a command over quantitative analytical approaches with a Master’s degree in Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement.To date, his research program has been recognized with several prestigious honors, including a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, a Dissertation Research Fellowship from The Ohio State University, and an AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship. In addition, the quality of his work has been acknowledged with national awards such as the Research on Socially and Economically Underrepresented Populations Award (RiSE-UP) from the Association for Psychological Science.DeLeon examines the “social triggers” that prompt achievement behavior in diverse educational environments. Specifically, he is intrigued by how students perceive, remember, and interpret information about themselves and others, and how these mental representations facilitate the adoption of the very goals, values, and self-perceptions that determine aptitude. Practically, his research informs discussions on how student patterns of underachievement and emotional turbulence can be disrupted by strategies borne of an understanding of social cognition and motivation.
Connie Cagampang Heller
Connie Cagampang Heller is co-founder of the Linked Fate Salon. The salon offers progressive activists and funders an informal place to think about and discuss movement building strategies with peers across issues and sectors. more>>
Jerry Kang is a Professor at UCLA School of Law. His teaching and research interests include civil procedure, race, and communications. He is also an expert on Asian American communities, and has written about hate crimes, affirmative action, the Japanese American internment and its lessons for the War on Terror. more>>
years. During 2003-05, Prof. Kang visited at both Georgetown Law Center and Harvard Law School.Prof. Kang is a member of the American Law Institute, has chaired the American Association of Law School’s Section on Defamation and Privacy, serves on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and has received numerous awards including the World Technology Award for Law and
the Vice President’s “Hammer Award” for Reinventing Government.Jerry Kang’s Research
Celinda Lake is one of the Democratic Party’s leading pollsters and political strategists, serving as tactician and senior advisor to the national party committees, dozens of Democratic incumbents and challengers at all levels of the electoral process. more>>
of institutions including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Governor’s Association (DGA), The White House Project, AFL-CIO, SEIU, CWA, IAFF, Sierra Club, NARAL, Human Rights Campaign, Emily’s List and the Kaiser Foundation. Her work also took her to advise fledgling democratic parties in several post-war Eastern European countries, including Bosnia, and South Africa.Lake has appeared on numerous television and radio news programs discussing her work and providing expert commentary. She is one of the nation’s foremost experts on electing women candidates and on framing issues to women voters. She is renowned for her groundbreaking research on single women voters in conjunction with Women’s Voices Women Vote and has helped elect numerous female candidates.She also works for Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House. Prior to forming Lake Research Partners, Lake was partner and vice president at Greenberg-Lake. Her earlier experience includes serving as political director of the Women’s Campaign Fund, and as the Research Director at the Institute for Social Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Policy Analyst for the Subcommittee on Select Education.
Eva Jefferson Paterson is President and Founder of the Equal Justice Society, national organization dedicated to changing the law through progressive legal theory, public policy and practice. more>>
Prior to creating EJS, Eva worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights for 26 years, serving as its Executive Director from 1990 through 2003. She also co-founded and chaired the California Coalition for Civil Rights for 18 years. Eva also served as Vice President of the ACLU National Board for eight years, and chaired the boards of Equal Rights Advocates and the San Francisco Bar Association.Paterson has received numerous awards, including the Fay Stender Award from the California Women Lawyers, Woman of the Year from the Black Leadership Forum, the Earl Warren Civil Liberties Award from the ACLU of Northern California, and the Alumni Award of Merit from Northwestern University where she received her B.A. in political science.She is the executive producer of Presidential Race a film exploring race and race issues in the context of Barack Obama’s historic election as President of the United States.
john a. powell
Professor john a. powell is an internationally recognized authority in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty and democracy. He is Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University and he holds the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at the University’s Michael E. Moritz College of Law. more>>
Professor powell has written extensively on a number of issues including structural racism, racial justice and regionalism, concentrated poverty and urban sprawl, opportunity based housing, voting rights, affirmative action in the United States, South Africa and Brazil, racial and ethnic identity, spirituality and social justice, and the needs of citizens in a democratic society.Under his leadership, The Kirwan Institute has taken a number of projects that engage the question of how most effectively to address issues of race justice. Some of the Institute’s work specifically examines how people talk about race and how such conversations impact their behavior. In the Diversity Advancement Project, the Institute is collaborating with the Center for Social Inclusion to develop strategies to increase public support for racial, ethnic and gender diversity in our public and private institutions. The project on Democratic Merit aims to push colleges and universities toward greater investment in those communities and students whose success is needed to enhance the health and strength of our multiracial democracy. And in the Institute’s projects on African American-Immigrant coalition building, they work to understand the conditions and contexts that facilitate constructive, institutionalized relationships across lines of race and nativity, and those that tend to undermine or preclude such relationships.john a. powell’s Research
Todd Rogers is the founding Executive Director of the Analyst Institute, which works with leading progressive organizations to learn about what works and what does not in their voter contact programs through the use of randomized controlled experiments. more>>
Claude Steele has been a professor of psychology at Stanford University since 1991, and before that served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, the University of Washington, and the University of Utah. more>>
Linda R. Tropp is Associate Professor and Director of the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA). more>>
Her main research programs concern experiences with intergroup contact, identification with social groups, interpretations of intergroup relationships, and responses to prejudice and disadvantage. She has received the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues for her research on intergroup contact, the Erikson Early Career Award for distinguished research contributions from the International Society of Political Psychology, and the McKeachie Early Career Teaching Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Dr. Tropp has been a member of the Governing Council of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and she currently serves on the editorial boards of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.In addition, Dr. Tropp has been engaged in many efforts to integrate contributions from researchers and practitioners to improve intergroup relations. She has collaborated with national organizations to present social science evidence in US Supreme Court cases on racial desegregation, and she has worked on state initiatives designed to improve interracial relations in schools. She is currently a member of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and Ethnic Diversity (JLICED), an international, interdisciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working to reduce racial and ethnic divisions and build social inclusive communities through effective early childhood education programs.Linda Tropp’s Research
Lori Villarosa is the Executive Director and Founder of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE), a multiyear project intended to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at combating institutional and structural racism. Based in Washington, DC, PRE engages in capacity-building, education, and convening of grantmakers and grantseekers at the local, regional and national levels. more>>
Ms. Villarosa has been in philanthropy for more than 18 years. Prior to launching PRE in 2003, Ms. Villarosa was a program officer with the Flint-based C. S. Mott Foundation, where she developed and managed its portfolio on race relations and institutional racism within the U.S. Her portfolio covered a broad spectrum of community-based, academic, advocacy and research efforts at a time when a number of new approaches were emerging due to the changing demographics and post-Civil Rights Movement redefining of racial equity work. She also identified and managed numerous grants aimed at race and the media, polling and messaging.She has served on numerous nonprofit advisory committees and a number of foundation boards. She has been an active member or leader in several funder affinity groups including Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, the Association of Black Foundation Executives, and Hispanics in Philanthropy.Ms. Villarosa worked as a reporter at the Detroit Free Press, The Chicago Tribune, and the Flint Journal. She began her tenure at the Mott Foundation in its Communications Departmentand holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Oakland University.
Ismail K. White (Ph.D., Michigan, 2005) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University. He studies American politics with a focus on African American politics, public opinion, and political participation. more>>
of felony disenfranchisement provisions, and a study examining Americans’ beliefs about the genetic origins of race and gender. Work from these projects has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Black Studies and Virginia Journal of Law and Social Policy.Ismail White’s Research