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This database features alternative experts who are available to the press. Their authority derives from either lived experience or professional expertise or both. The current categories are Drugs, Care, Labor and Economics, with more to come. For additional information please visit the About page.

Deana Around Him

Care

From day-care providers to parent advocates

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Deana Around Him
Senior Research Scientist, Youth Development Program, Child Trends
Around Him, a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation, focuses on American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children, youth, and their families at this organization focused on improving the lives of all children and youth, especially the vulnerable. Her areas include youth suicide, maternal and infant health, and the school climate experiences of American Indian and Alaska Native youth. Around Him, who often uses community-based participatory approaches, also works with the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center.

FOCUS: Care
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Child Trends

Morgan Godvin

Drugs

From active drug users to pain experts

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Morgan Godvin
Member, Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council
Godvin’s research and advocacy emphasize overdose prevention, and the intersection of the criminal-legal system and substance use. A former heroin addict who says drug addiction and incarceration have touched every facet of her life, she was appointed by the Oregon Health Authority to serve on the Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council overseeing grant funding for and implementation of addiction recovery centers, and on Oregon's Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission. Godvin’s also founder, Beats Overdose, which provides harm reduction services to music events; engagement editor, JSTOR’s American Prison Newspapers collection; and Narrative Justice fellow, Health in Justice Action Lab.

FOCUS: Drugs
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Self

Mehrsa Baradaran

Economics

From solidarity economists to equal pay experts

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Mehrsa Baradaran
Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law)
Baradaran has expertise in banking law, financial inclusion, inequality, and the racial wealth gap. She’s the author of How the Other Half Banks, which looks at the U.S.’s two-tier banking system and predatory fringe lenders, and The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap. She’s also managing director, UCI Policy Lab: AI observatory for Access to Credit, and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. Prior to UCI Law, Baradaran was, among other things, a policy advisor on Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, and a member of the Biden-Harris transition team (for the Treasury and Federal Reserve).

FOCUS: Economics
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: University of California, Irvine School of Law, UCI Law

Samir Sonti

Labor

From gig work organizers to union researchers

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT

Samir Sonti
Assistant Professor, Urban Studies, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Labor and Urban Studies
A political organizer and union researcher at CUNY, Sonti has worked as a political organizer for the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), and as a researcher for UNITE HERE, a union representing hospitality workers in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to CUNY, he served as a special advisor on the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders.

FOCUS: Labor
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

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