LGBTQ

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.

Alison Gash, Department of Political Science

Alison Gash is an expert in U.S. courts, gender, race, sexuality, same-sex marriage, constitutional rights and public policy. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of political science. Her research explores how advocates work to overcome contentious policy debates and how their efforts ultimately influence the "facts on the ground."

Ellen Herman

Ellen Herman, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

Ellen Herman is an expert in psychology, family, adoption, and gender studies, and how each has developed throughout American history. Ellen's work explores topics like the policy and practices surrounding open and closed adoptions, and how we have diagnosed and treated (or avoided), autism spectrum disorder in the U.S.

C.J. Pascoe

C.J. Pascoe, Department of Sociology

C.J. Pascoe is an expert on sexuality, masculinity, gender, transgender issues, and body image, especially related to youth. C.J. also studies the use of social media by LGBT and straight youth to police gender roles and body image. 

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. 

Priscilla Yamin, expert in marriage, women, gender roles and assistant professor

Priscilla Yamin, Department of Political Science

Priscilla Yamin is an expert on politics, women in politics and the role of marriage in U.S. political history. She specifically explores how politicizing marriage has been used as a means to grant and withold rights from people of color, women, LGBT people, and low-income Americans.