Hispanic / Latino

Christopher Chávez, School of Journalism and Communication

Christopher Chávez is an expert in media studies and how it relates to popular culture, advertising and issues of race and ethnicity. He is especially well-versed in representation of marginalized populations, including the lack of Latinos in music, television and film and about LGBTQ-targeted advertising.

Lauren M. Cycyk, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences

Lauren M. Cycyk studies the bilingual language development of young children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and caregiver-centered interventions that promote positive communication and educational outcomes of this population from the earliest ages.  Lauren can speak about the impact of the current political climate and immigration policy on the outcomes of young bilingual children from immigrant families, how to address the 30-million-word gap between children from high- and low-income families, and about national initiatives to improve the early educational outcomes of children from Latino backgrounds.

Claudia Holguin Mendoza

Claudia Holguín Mendoza, Department of Romance Languages

Claudia Holguín Mendoza is an expert in “Spanglish,” particularly within U.S. Latino culture, and the use of urban legends to intimidate Latinas, especially along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Audrey Lucero, Department of Education Studies

Audrey Lucero is an expert in oral language development, Spanish-English emergent bilingual children, diversity in public schools, and achievement gaps between white children and children of color, especially Latinos. She can also discuss early bilingual development and the preparation of public school teachers to teach in linguistically and culturally diverse schools.

Gabriela Martinez, School of Journalism and Communication

Gabriela Martinez is an expert in international communications, the political economy of communications, human rights and social movements. An international award-winning documentary filmmaker, Gabriela has produced, directed or edited more than a dozen ethnographic and social documentaries.

Katie Meehan, Department of Geography

Katie Meehan is an expert in water policy and governance, infrastructure and cities and climate change adaptation. Katie examines alternative forms of urban development and water issues. In collaboration with scholars from her Fulbright NEXUS cohort, her current research explores social and behavioral adaptation to climate change.

Priscilla Peña Ovalle, Department of Cinema Studies

Priscilla Peña Ovalle focuses on race, dance and sexuality in film through archival research and media production. Her work also looks at such things as mainstream popular culture and media hairstyles. She is the author of the book "Dance and the Hollywood Latina: Race, Sex, and Stardom," published in 2011. Ovalle regularly teaches courses on the history of motion pictures, narrative fiction filmmaking, and television studies.

Jerry Rosiek, College of Education

Jerry Rosiek is an expert on the patterns of racial and class inequality in schools. He documents the broad effects of institutionalized racism on the minds and hearts of students. Most recently, he has focused on the effects of racial segregation in schools on children. 

Gerardo Sandoval, expert in the roles of immigrants in community regeneration

Gerardo Sandoval, Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Gerardo Sandoval is an expert in immigration, urban planning and undocumented workers, especially related to the Latino/a immigrant community. He also studies the effects of urban redevelopment on immigrant neighborhoods. 

Daniel Tichenor, Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science, expert in immigration, elections, and politics

Daniel Tichenor, Department of Political Science

Daniel J. Tichenor is an expert in immigration, elections, the U.S. presidency, politics, and the influence of interest groups and social movements on the U.S. government.

Julie Weise, Department of History

Julie Weise is an expert on immigration, Latino immigration, race and identity. Her book, Corazon de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South looks at the history of Mexican immigration and immigration policy.

Juan Eduardo Wolf, School of Music and Dance

Juan Eduardo Wolf is an expert in Latin American music and dance, ethnomusicology, indigenous music, folklore, immigration and identity. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology and the coordinator of the UO World Music Series. Ed is interested in how people identify through music, particularly in relation to race in Latin America. He works with Afro-descendant and indigenous musics, religions and carnival dancing and patron saint festivals, all within the context of the South Central Andes.

Kristin Yarris, Department of International Studies

Kristin Yarris is an expert on transnational migration, especially in the Americas. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of international studies and is affiliated with the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and the Center for the Study of Women in Society, as well as the Center for Global Health.