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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 Care, Disability, Drugs, Economics, History, Housing, Labor and Military with more to come. For additional information please visit the About page.

HISTORY

From oral historians to witness accounts

Zaheer Ali

Zaheer Ali
Executive Director, Hutchins Institute for Social Justice, The Lawrenceville School
Ali brings more than a decade of experience leading nationally recognized and award-winning public history and cultural heritage initiatives. He’s the inaugural executive director of the Hutchins Institute for Social Justice, a secondary-education initiative advancing social justice teaching and practice through scholarship, programming and experiential learning. Ali is also a fellow of the Pillars Fund Muslim Narrative Change.

FOCUS: History
LANGUAGE: English, Spanish
ORGANIZATION: Hutchins Institute for Social Justice

Liú Chen

Liú Chen
Manager, Oral History Archive and Corps, National Public Housing Museum (NPHM)
Liú is a self-described queer and trans nonbinary, disabled abolitionist nerd. They view storytelling and oral history as keys to cultivating more holistic understandings of our pasts, presents and futures, thawing trauma and nurturing authentic connection. At NPHM, Liú focuses on building capacity among misrepresented communities and empowering them with the agency and skills to document, preserve and share histories from their perspectives. The Chicago-based NPHM says it’s the only cultural institution devoted to telling the story of public housing in the U.S.

FOCUS: History
LANGUAGE: English, Spanish
ORGANIZATION: National Public Housing Museum

Barry Eidlin

Barry Eidlin
Associate Professor of Sociology, McGill University
Eidlin is a comparative historical sociologist interested in the study of class, politics, social movements and social change. More specifically, his research explores the changing relationship between social mobilization, political processes and ideology in advanced capitalist democracies. Eidlin’s current project revisits the question why is there no workplace democracy in America? and examines the history of such democracies and how a division between economic and political life developed and became entrenched. He’s the author of Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada.

FOCUS: History
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: McGill University

Alissa Rae Funderburk

Alissa Rae Funderburk
Oral Historian
Funderburk is a Mississippi-based oral historian focused on Black storytelling, interviewing and transcription. At the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, Funderburk maintains an oral history archive dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and dissemination of African-American history and culture. She is also the creator of the nonprofit Black Oral Historian Network. Previously, she served as the deputy director of the Columbia Life Histories Project.

FOCUS: History
LANGUAGE: English
ORGANIZATION: Margaret Walker Center

Fanny Julissa García

Fanny Julissa García
Oral Historian and Educator
García is an award-winning Honduran-American oral historian contributing to Central American studies. Her work exists at the intersection of immigration justice and oral history and serves the community from which it emerges. She has taught workshops and presented oral history events across the country at universities and organizations including Barnard College, Trinity College, the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Oral History Association. García’s project “Separated: Stories of Injustice and Solidarity” documents the experiences of families separated by the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy.

FOCUS: History
LANGUAGE: English, Spanish
ORGANIZATION: Self

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