Professor of History and Italian Studies, New York University.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a historian and political commentator on fascism, authoritarian leaders, and propaganda — and the threats these present to democracies around the world. Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University, she is author or editor of seven books and many essays and op-eds in media outlets including CNN, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post. Her newest book, Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present (Norton, November 10th, 2020) is now available for pre-order. It provides the critical insights into the authoritarian playbook that have made her an expert source for journalists around the globe.
Rosa Brooks is the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, Associate Dean for Centers and Institutes, and co-director of Georgetown’s Innovative Policing Program.
Rosa Brooks is the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, Associate Dean for Centers and Institutes, and co-director of Georgetown’s Innovative Policing Program. Brooks is also an Adjunct Senior Scholar at West Point’s Modern War Institute, an ASU Future of War Senior Fellow at New America and a founder of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security. Since 2016, she has also served as a reserve police officer with the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department.
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Anne Champion has played a key role on litigation of some of the highest stakes cases in the country, including representing CNN and Jim Acosta in their successful suit to reinstate Acosta’s White House Press Pass, and journalist Brian Karem in yet another successful suit against the Trump Administration over the suspension of Karem’s Press Pass. She has twice won The American Lawyer’s litigator of the week award, including in connection with the successful defense of Mary Trump against a suit by the President’s brother to stop publication of her blockbuster book, Too Much And Never Enough.
Senior Vice President for the National Security Program, Third Way
Mieke Eoyang leads the National Security Program at Third Way, where she focuses on the politics of national security, cyber security, intelligence, surveillance, and law. She previously had a long career on Capitol Hill, including serving as the Defense Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), a Sub-committee Staff Director on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and as the Chief of Staff to Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA). She is also an MSNBC contributor.
Author, speaker and Foreign Policy columnist Laurie Garrett was senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York from 2004-2017. In 2018 Garrett founded the Anthropos Initiative, which engages at the nexus of the Anthropocene, climate change and human health. And she is a featured columnist for Foreign Policy magazine, and frequent contributing writer for The Lancet.
Interim Dean, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Director and Helen E. Chaney Professor of Alcohol Studies, Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Denise Hien, PhD, ABPP, is Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Director of the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies, and holds the Helen E. Chaney Chair in Alcohol Studies as Professor in the Clinical Psychology Department at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She also maintains longstanding adjunct appointments as Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Division on Substance Use Disorders and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She and her group have conducted programmatic research on women’s mental health and addictions, with continuous funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (21 grants total: 7 R01, 2R25, 1 multi-site) for over 20 years. Considered a leader in the field, her body of work (over 100 publications and 140 conference presentations) has contributed to the evidence base on the treatment of individuals with trauma-related psychiatric disorders and their comorbidity with addictions, through conducting single- and multi-site clinical trials across the United States in community-based substance abuse treatment settings. She is board-certified in clinical psychology (ABPP) and has served as a standing member on the National Institute of Drug Abuse, NIH Institutional Review Groups and a health disparities advisory group to the Director on Asian/Pacific Islander issues.
Broadway Legend, Arts Activist
Susan Opotow, PhD, is a Professor in the City University of New York (Sociology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Doctoral Program in Critical Social/Personality Psychology at the Graduate Center). Her research examines the social psychology of injustice and conflict, focusing particularly on dynamics of exclusionary and inclusionary changes in society. She was president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and served as the editor of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, as chair of the American Psychological Association Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest and is a current member of the Board for Educational Affairs. Her recent co-edited book, New York After 9/11 (Fordham University Press, 2018), examines how a city responded in the two decades to catastrophic change.
Kavita Patel is a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution
Kavita Patel is a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously, she was the managing director of clinical transformation at the Center for Health Policy at Brookings. Dr. Patel is an advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center and a member of Health and Human Services Physician Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee.
Dr. Patel is a primary care physician in Washington, DC. She also served in the Obama Administration as director of policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House. As a senior aide to Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s senior advisor, Dr. Patel played a critical role in policy development and evaluation of policy initiatives connected to health reform, financial regulatory reform, and economic recovery issues.
Dr. Patel also has a deep understanding of Capitol Hill from her time spent on the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s staff. As deputy staff director on health, she served as a policy analyst and trusted aide to the Senator and was part of the senior staff of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee under Sen. Kennedy’s leadership. She also has an extensive research and clinical background, having worked as a researcher at the RAND Corporation and as a practicing physician in both California and Oregon. She currently advises health care technology and services organizations through New Enterprise Associates.
Dr. Patel a previous Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and while at Brookings, returned to providing clinical care as an internal medicine practitioner. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and her masters in public health from the University of California Los Angeles.
Associate Professor at the Gordon F. Derner School of Physchology at Adelphi University
Kate Szymanski, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University. She is a clinical and research supervisor in the Ph.D. Program in the Clinical Psychology, and she also teaches in the Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Dr. Szymanski’s interests concentrate on a wide range of acute and chronic traumas, and their impacts on family environments. She is particularly interested in loss, illness, grief, and resilience. Dr. Szymanski has presented her work at a number of national and international conferences, and published numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is co-editor (with Stroinska and Cecchetto) of Expression of the Unspeakable: Narratives of Trauma. She has international clinical experience working with a wide range of populations. Dr. Szymanski has a private practice in Garden City, NY and specializes in trauma. She has also worked as a journalist in her native Poland.
Maya is a nationally recognized racial justice and equity advocate. She is a leader in city government and in spurring democratic change. As Counsel to the Mayor, she delivered for New York City on civil and immigrant rights, women and minority owned business contracts, universal broadband access and more. After leaving City Hall, she held police accountable as Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, and worked to improve public education as a Co-Chair of the School Diversity Task Force. At the New School, where she served as a University Professor, she founded the Digital Equity Laboratory on universal and inclusive broadband. Maya is a veteran of both the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the ACLU, was a former Legal Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC — where she argued against Trump’s attacks on our civil liberties and democratic norms — and was the founder and president of the Center for Social Inclusion. Maya was also Senior Advisor on Race and Poverty at the Open Society Foundations, the largest funder of human rights work the world over.
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