Darius V. Echeverría earned his doctorate and an M.A. in American History from Temple University. He also holds a B.A. magna cum laude in History from Rutgers University. As a Lecturer in both Columbia’s Department of History and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER), he specializes in Latinx Studies, Mexican American History, Political History, Social Movements, and Sport and Society. He currently leads the Senior Project Seminar for CSER, which is designed to develop and hone the skills necessary to complete an advanced senior academic project. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Columbia, he serves as an undergraduate academic dean for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and Lecturer II faculty member for the Department of History and the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University.
As a historian, his teaching, scholarship, and public engagement focus on inequality and social policy; cycles of agency related to constitutional rights; the American Presidency in historical perspective; the conjunction of film and television history; baseball studies; and the formation of racial, ethnic, class, national, and transnational identities. He is the author of Aztlán Arizona (University of Arizona Press, 2014), a history of the Chicano Movement in Arizona during the 1960s and 1970s. He has held his appointment at Columbia University since 2013.
Eric Gamalinda recently published The Descartes Highlands (Akashic Books, NY), his fifth novel and his first to be published in the US, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Asian Prize. His poems, stories and essays have been anthologized in Manila Noir (Akashic Books), Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton), Structure & Surprise (Teachers & Writers Collaborative), Charlie Chan is Dead 2: At Home in the World (Penguin), Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing (Rutgers University Press), and Vestiges of War: The Philippine American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream (New York University Press), among others. He has been artist-in-residence at various institutions around the world, including The Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio (Italy), The Corporation of Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony (USA), and most recently, Civitella Ranieri (Italy) and Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain).
Shinhee Han, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. She is also a senior psychotherapist at the Newschool University’s counseling service. Her clinical specializations include Asian and Asian American mental health, transnational adoptees, LGBT population and college students with identity, depression and anxiety. Previously, Dr. Han worked on the staff of counseling services at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Barnard College and Columbia University. Dr. Han is a founding member of the Asian Women Giving Circle, a New York City philanthropic fund supporting Asian women artists involved with social justice. She is the co-author with David L. Eng on Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans by Duke University Press due out end of 2018.
Nathalie Handal has been a Visiting Professor at Università Ca’Foscari Venezia, The American University of Rome, the American University of Beirut and as Picador Guest Professor in Leipzig, among others. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Guernica Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nation, on PBS and NPR, among others. Handal is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, Centro Andaluz de las Letras Fellow, Fondazione di Venezia Fellow, winner of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature, among other honors. Her recent books include the flash collection The Republics, lauded as “one of the most inventive books by one of today’s most diverse writers” and winner of the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing and The George Ellenbogen Poetry Award; the bilingual collection La estrella invisible / The Invisible Star; the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía; and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, which The New York Times says is “a book that trembles with belonging (and longing).” Handal is the editor of The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award, and named one of the top 10 Feminist Books by The Guardian; and co-editor of the W.W. Norton landmark anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond. She writes the column The City and the Writer for Words without Borders.
Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq. is a long time civil rights attorney, mentor, scholar and activist. He inspired new legal minds by teaching “Race & the Law” and “Public Interest Public Service Clinical Seminar” at Brooklyn Law School, as well as “Asian American Civil Rights” at Hunter College/ CUNY. Glenn has published a dozen scholarly legal articles on structural democracy through the lens of language. He has authored several reports and has given commentary to numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC-TV, NBC Asian America, The Advocate, and the Huffington Post. Glenn currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) working at the intersection of racial justice, immigrants’ rights, andqueerness. He has been organizing in the LGBT community for over 30 years. Before, he was a nationally recognized civil rights attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). He is an authority on Asian American political participation, bilingual ballots, minority voter discrimination, multilingual exit polling, and census. He has won many lawsuits to expand the voting rights and political representation of new Americans. Glenn attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook on Long Island, and as a beneficiary of affirmative action, graduated cum laude from the New England School of Law, in Boston.
Ed Morales is an author and journalist who has written for The Nation, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Newsday, and the Guardian. He is the author of Latinx: The New Force in Politics and Culture (Verso Press, September 2018), Living in Spanglish (St. Martins 2002) and The Latin Beat (Da Capo Press 2003). He has contributed chapters to Latin@s in New York: Communities in Transition (University of Notre Dame Press 2016) and “Latin@s in Alternative Media and Latin@s As Alternative Media,” (NYU Press Fall 2014). In 2009, while a Columbia University Revson Fellow, he produced and co-directed Whose Barrio? (2009) a documentary about the gentrification of East Harlem. The film was inspired by “Spanish Harlem on His Mind,” an essay published in 2003 in The New York Times and in the anthology New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of the New York Times (NYU Press 2005). He is currently writing a book about the Puerto Rico debt crisis for Nation Books.
Elizabeth R. OuYang has been a civil rights attorney for more than thirty years. Her areas of expertise include census, voting rights, immigration, race and disability discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, and combating police brutality, and hate crimes. Currently, OuYang is a census trainer with APIA VOTE (Asian Pacific Islander American VOTE), a national organization dedicated to increasing the civic participation of APIA’s. She was a census consultant to the New York Immigration Coalition and the coordinator of New York Counts 2020, the first statewide coalition of more than 100 diverse stakeholder organizations seeking a fair and accurate 2020 Census. Post 9/11, OuYang served as an immigration consultant to the New York Immigration Coalition in collaboration with the City of New York Bar Association to conduct pro bono advice clinics throughout New York City to the Arab, Muslim, and South Asian communities targeted by post 9/11 government policies. In 2000, OuYang was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a special assistant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. For eight years, OuYang worked as a staff attorney with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and with the Disability Law Center in Boston, MA for three years. OuYang is the former past president of OCA-New York Asian Pacific American Advocates.
Stuart Rockefeller is an anthropologist; his research involves Bolivians, both in Bolivia and Argentina. His first book, to be published in the Spring of 2010, is about the local and transnational spatial practices of the people of the indigenous highland community of Quirpini. In the book, Rockefeller shows how their spatial practices play a crucial role in producing the places they move through, from houses to the Argentine border to the city of Buenos Aires. Currently, he is doing research in preparation for fieldwork on Bolivian immigrant participation in the vibrant social movements of Buenos Aires. In the years since the Argentine economic collapse and social mobilizations of 2001-2002, many new avenues for social participation have opened up for Bolivian immigrants. In some cases, Bolivians claim a public voice as immigrants and as members of a culturally distinct community, but in others, they demand the right to participate as workers or neighborhood residents. This project investigates the kinds of subjects immigrants can and must become in order to speak to Argentine society. Rockefeller has also done work on folkloric representations of culture, the political possibilities of the MAS government in Bolivia, and the role of hearsay both in rural Andean society and in anthropological writing. Rockefeller received his MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago; he has recently taught at Haverford College and Fordham University. He is the board chair of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA).