Issue 1 Contributors


M. Adams (Reflections on Policing) is a community organizer, movement scientist and co-executive director of Freedom Inc. She is co-author of Forward from Ferguson, a work in progress on Black community control over the police.

Fahd Ahmed (Reflections on Policing) is Executive Director of Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), which organizes working-class and low-income South Asian immigrant workers and youth for worker, racial, educational, and global justice. His work with DRUM is a a result of having his own family affected by lack of documentation, deportations, working class status, and police profiling.

Julio Calderon (Reflections on Policing) was born in Honduras and arrived in the United States as an unaccompanied minor in 2005. Julio started his work with Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER) by pushing for the DREAM Act in 2010. He later served as the Education Not Deportation (END) Coor­dinator for the State of Florida, which helped to build a campaign around DACA. Julio is now the Access to Higher Education Organizer for the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

Illaria Giglioli (Migration, Austerity, and Crisis at the Periphery of Europe) is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Cali­fornia, Berkeley. Her research is focused on cross-Mediterranean migration between Italy and Tunisia, and the making of the Mediterranean border.

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton (Racism and the Narrative of Biological Inevitability) is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the co-editor of the book, Are We Born Racist?: New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology. He is a former director of the Greater Good Science Center.

Stephen Menendian (The Problem of Othering) is the Assistant Director and the Research Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley.

Simon Moya-Smith (Reflections on Policing) is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, and the Culture Editor at Indian Country Today, an online Native American news­magazine. His work appears on CNN, MTV, and USA Today. He has a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Follow him @SimonMoyaSmith.

Amanda Danielle Perez (Racism and the Narrative of Biological Inevitability) is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley in the Social-Personality department. Her research revolves around implicit biases, prejudice, and the benefits of cross-group friendship. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

john a. powell (The Problem of Othering) is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy. He is the Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, and holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion.

Andrea Ritchie (Reflections on Policing) is a Black lesbian police misconduct attorney and organizer whose work focuses on policing of women and LGBT people of color. She is a Senior Soros Justice Fellow and co-author of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women. Her new book, Invisible No More: Racial Profiling and Police Violence Against Women of Color, will be published in 2017 by Beacon Press.

Daisy Rockwell (Precarious Lives) paints under the alias, Lapata (pronounced ‘laapataa’), which is Urdu for “missing,” or “absconded,” as in “my luggage is missing,” or “the bandits have absconded.” She has shown her work widely and her essays on literature and art have appeared in Bookslut, Caravan, Outlook Magazine, and The Sunday Guardian.

Lawrence Rosenthal (Trump, the Tea Party, the Republicans, and the Other) is executive director of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, a research unit dedicated to the study of right-wing movements in the 20th and 21st centuries. He has taught at Berkeley in the sociology and Italian studies departments and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Naples in Italy.


BAYCAT is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides access, education and employment for low income youth, youth of color and young women.

Stephen D. Melkisethian is a Washington DC native residing in East Bethesda, Maryland. Special interests include documentary style, music and and commercial product photography.

Stylianos Papardelas is from Heraklion, Crete and has worked with numerous non-profit and news organizations as a photographer. (

Cecilia Paredes is a Peruvian  contemporary  performance and  installation  artist. The recipient of many international  art awards, her solo exhibitions have been held all over the world. Paredes currently lives and works in San Jose, Costa Rica, Lima, Peru, and Philadelphia and is represented by the Arte Sur Gallery. Her work, which is about displaying a theme of relocation and adjustment to one’s surroundings, ultimately aims to illustrate every person’s quest to belong.

Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, multi-media artist, filmmaker, and educator living in New York City. He is represented by beta pictoris gallery/Maus Contemporary.

Nafis White works in sculpture, photography, video, collage, sound and performance exploring issues of identity, race, inequality, politics and landscape, using personal narratives to facilitate and build conversations with the viewer. Nafis currently lives and works in London, England.


Andrew Grant-Thomas is codirector at EmbraceRace, an online commu­nity of parents, teachers, and other caregivers to children. He is also a race and social justice consultant with a wide range of educational, nonprofit, phil­anthropic, and research institutions. Previously, Andrew has directed work at Proteus Fund, the Civil Rights Project at Harvard Univer­sity, and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, where he was editor-in-chief of its journal, Race/Ethnicity. Andrew earned his BA in Literature from Yale University, his MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

Rachelle Galloway-Popotas directs the Haas Institute’s overall communications strategy with the mission to bring the intellectual resources of the Institute to the wider world through a variety of media and tools, including publications, events, and online media. Rachelle has worked in the nonprofit communications field for over 15 years, where she has specialized in amplifying mission-driven work through visual and editorial efforts, while building a communications infrastructure to support organizations’ strategic vision. Rachelle has degrees in graphic design and political science and is a citizen of the Caddo Nation.

Stephen Menendian is the assistant director and director of research at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Stephen leads and oversees many of the Institute’s projects and burgeoning initiatives, including the Inclusiveness Index and opportunity mapping project. Stephen has also developed and authored several amicus briefs on behalf of the Institute, most recently a social science brief filed on behalf of the University of Texas in Fisher v. Texas.

Michael Omi is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Omi is the coauthor of Racial Formation in the United States, a groundbreaking work that transformed how we understand the social and historical forces that give race its changing meaning over time and place. The third edition of the book was released in 2015. Omi was the associate director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society since its inception in 2012 and is an affiliated faculty member of Sociology and Gender & Women’s Studies. Michael is a recipient of UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the campus’s most prestigious honor for teaching and an honor bestowed to fewer than 300 Berkeley faculty members since the award’s inception in 1959.