Contributing Scholars

DiversityEdu is based on scholarly research. Video commentary by eminent scholars is a key feature of our online courses.
Dr. Genny Beemyn
Dr. Genny Beemyn
Director of the Stonewall Center for Gender Identity at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

They are the Trans Policy Clearinghouse coordinator for Campus Pride, and an editorial board member and trans article reviewer for the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, and the Journal of Homosexuality. Dr. Beemyn is the editor or author of nine journal articles and books, including Lives of Transgender People (with Susan Rankin, Columbia University Press, 2011) and the “Transgender History” chapter in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Dr. Mark G. Birchette
Dr. Mark G. Birchette
Professor of biology at Long Island University, where one of his specialties is the biology of racial differences

Among his publications related to his specialties, Dr. Birchette is an Editor of The Idea of the Human (XanEdu Publishing, Inc., 2012) and co-author of “Comparing Genetic Ancestry and Self-Described Race in African Americans Born in the United States and in Africa,” in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (June 2008). Dr. Birchette also delivers lectures on the passion for teaching; including his experiences teaching his first college class as a tenure-track professor of color.

Dr. Andrei Cimpian
Dr. Andrei Cimpian
Professor of psychology and Director of the Cognitive Development Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

His research interests include stereotypes and prejudice and gender gaps in achievement and representation. Dr. Cimpian is the author and co- author of many journal articles, including the recent, “Expectations of brilliance underlie gender distributions across academic disciplines,” in Science (March 2015). Dr. Cimpian has contributed to The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Science Foundation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Science News, and Smithsonian.

Dr. Nilanjana Dasgupta
Dr. Nilanjana Dasgupta
Professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Her research has profoundly affected our understanding of how unconscious bias influences decisions, including decisions made in academic communities. She writes, “I’m interested in how the culture in which people live shapes their mind and affects their overt and covert social behavior toward disadvantaged and advantaged groups.” The author of over 50 publications, Dr. Dasgupta’s research challenges the assumption that implicit prejudice and stereotypes are immutable and identifies circumstances under which they can be changed.

Sandra B. Durant, Esq.
Sandra B. Durant, Esq.
Attorney with a distinguished record who has taught at four law schools, most recently as Assistant Professor at Arizona Summit School of Law

She is on the Editorial Board of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association publication “The Practical Lawyer.” Durant is an experienced civil and employment rights litigator. Her publications include “The Application of American Anti- Discrimination Laws in a Global Work Environment” and “How Anti-Discrimination Laws Apply to Foreign Enterprises in the United States”. She has lectured extensively, including before the American Bar Association, The Conference Board, and the National Bar Association.

Dr. Christina Gomez
Dr. Christina Gomez
Professor of liberal arts and the Director of Academic Affairs for Diversity & Inclusion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Her research has concentrated on racial identity construction, discrimination, and immigration. Dr. Gomez is the author of numerous articles that focus on such topics as skin color discrimination, construction of Latino identity, politics of bilingual education, and experiences of undocumented students in higher education. She has received many prizes and fellowships, including from the Henry Luce Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and a Faculty Excellence Award (2013) from Northeastern Illinois University.

Dr. Derald Wing Sue
Dr. Derald Wing Sue
Professor of psychology and education at Columbia University Teachers College

He is one of the most cited multicultural scholars in the United States and a foremost scholar of microaggressions. Dr. Sue’s scholarly interests include multicultural counseling and psychotherapy, psychology of racism and antiracism, cultural diversity, cultural competence, and multicultural organizational development. He is the author of many articles and book chapters. His influential books include Counseling the Culturally Diverse, Microaggressions in Everyday Life, and most recently, Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence.

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