2012-2014 Public Voices Fellows

Emory University has partnered with the OpEd Project to expand the range of voices heard in the public sphere. With this two-year fellowship, we aim to increase the number of women and minority scholars who are “thought leaders” in the nation’s most visible forums by teaching them how to write for and connect to major media outlets. This program is for Emory University faculty. A small number of graduate students may also be selected if space is available. Space is limited to twenty participants. Sponsored by generous sponsorship from the Center for Women, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Center for Injury Control, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, School of Law, Candler School of Theology, Emory College, and Office of the President.

Public Voices Fellowship

2012-2014 Fellows

Peggy BarlettPeggy Barlett, Goodrich C White Professor of Anthropology

Peggy F. Barlett is Goodrich C. White Professor in the Department of Anthropology and an expert on both agricultural development and sustainability in higher education. Author of an award-winning study of the U.S. farm crisis (American Dreams, Rural Realities: Family Farms in Crisis), Dr. Barlett’s current research is on sustainable agriculture and campus sustainable food projects. Her latest book, Sustainability in Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Transformation (MIT Press, August 2013), reviews strategies that shift the tectonic plates of higher education.

Long live the purity of seeds for broccoli (co-authored with Neva Hassanein) - April 16, 2013; The Christian Science Monitor

Bring Heritage Breeds to Holiday Table - November 22, 2012; CNN Opinion

Dana BarrDana Boyd Barr, Research Professor of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Dana Boyd Barr is a Research Professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Her research involves understanding how chemical exposures in utero and in early childhood affect child neurodevelopment, and she has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles on this subject. Prior to joining Emory’s faculty, Dr. Barr worked for 23 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she was Chief of the Pesticide Laboratory. Find her on Twitter at @DanaBoydBarr.

U.S. chemical policy: Safe until proven toxic? - November 15, 2012; Al Jazeera

Elizabeth BoundsElizabeth Bounds, Associate Professor, Candler School of Theology

Elizabeth Bounds is the author of Coming Together/Coming Apart: Religion, Modernity, and Community (1997) and coeditor of Welfare Policy: Feminist Critiques (1999). Her interests include peace-building and conflict transformation, restorative justice and the prison system, democratic practices and civil society, feminist and liberation ethics, and transformative pedagogical practices.

Dorothy BrownDorothy Brown, Professor of Law

Dorothy A. Brown is a nationally recognized scholar in the area of race, class, and tax policy. She has authored dozens of articles, including her path breaking, Race and Class Matters in Tax Policy, published in the Columbia Law Review. She has appeared on CNN’s Starting Point and NPR’s Need to Know and her opinion pieces have been published by The New York Times, CNN, and Bloomberg. Find her on Twitter at @DABrownlawprof.


Keep The Judges Out of It and Keep Negotiating - October 3, 2013; The New York Times.

The Only Path for Elderly Citizens - April 17, 2013; The New York Times

It's Time We Learned What Members of Congress Pay in Taxes - April 17, 2013; Forbes.com

A reboot for legal education - April 15, 2013; The National Law Journal

Need to Know - January 11, 2013; PBS interview

Why Not Raise Capital Gains Taxes? - December 17, 2012; NPR interview

Fiscal Cliff: Cutting the Untouchable - December 10, 2012; NPR interview

How Home Ownership Keeps Blacks Poorer Than Whites - December 10, 2012; Forbes.com

What happens if the country goes off the fiscal cliff? - November 19, 2012; Emory News Center interview

A Real World Approach to Diversity - November 18, 2012; Law.com

Harry Reid Has a Glass-House Quandary on Taxes - September 16, 2012; Bloomberg View

Let's Kill the Progressive Tax Rate System - April 17, 2012; CNN.com 

Race, Wealth, Home Ownership on MHP - Storify 

Interview: MSNBC, April 20, 2014.

Tamara CasparyTamara Caspary, Assistant Professor of Human Genetics

Tamara Caspary, PhD is an opinionated geneticist. She runs a research lab where she identifies new genes critical for mammalian brain development in the Department of Human Genetics in the Emory School of Medicine. She is participating in the Op-Ed project because she believes that scientists owe the tax payers who support scientific research explanations of the importance of their support, because she is concerned about science being used and misused for political purposes and because she wants to share her enthusiasm for scientific discovery. Find her on Twitter at @TamaraGenes.

How Gun Defenders Deny the Science on Stopping More Massacres - December 18, 2012; AlterNet

Cutting science budget a matter of life and death - October 10, 2012; PBS.org

Linda CendalesLinda Cendales, Assistant Professor of Surgery

Dr. Cendales is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Emory University and the Director of the Emory Transplant Center Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) Program and the Laboratory of Microsurgery. Dr. Cendales is the only person in the US to have completed formal fellowship training in both Hand and Microsurgery and Transplant Surgery. Dr. Cendales helped organize the first team specializing in the transplantation of different tissues as one functional unit (e.g. hand, face) in the US, participated in the country’s first two hand transplants, and established and led the multidisciplinary team that performed the first hand transplant in the State of Georgia.

Tressie McMillan CottomTressie McMillan Cottom, PhD Student in Sociology

Tressie McMillan Cottom, doctoral student in Sociology at Emory University, specializes in education, labor, inequality and for-profit higher education. Named a Feminist Education Blogger by Ms. Magazine's Bloghersphere in 2012, Tressie's public scholarship has also been featured in Huffington Post, Inside Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Ebony Magazine, Contexts magazine and several radio and media outlets. An advocate of "doing scholarship" in public view, Tressie can be found online and at events like Facing Race 2012 and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario having conversations about the big questions facing education and economic policy. Find her on Twitter at @tressiemcphd.

How Aid Became a Middle Class Entitlement - November 6, 2013; The New York Times

Let’s Stop Condescending to For-Profit College Students - August 15, 2013; Slate

For Profit Colleges - June 4, 2013; Dan Rather Reports. You can also read the archive of McMillan-Cottom's live-tweet of the television broadcast.

Race, Feminism and the Academy: I Got Out of Pocket - March 4, 2013; The Feminist Wire

Risk and Ethics in Public Scholarship - December 9, 2012; Inside Higher Ed

The Problem With For-Profits (with Sara Goldrick-Rab) - Fall, 2012; Contexts

Black (Academic) Women's Health: To Be in Context - October 29, 2012; The Feminist Wire (introduction to a special two-week forum on Black (Adademic) Women's Health that she guest-edited)

Them's That Got Shall Have: Criminalizing Parents Who Steal Free Education - October 16, 2012; The Huffington Post

The Way Forward for Higher Education Is Not For-Profit Colleges - August 10, 2012; The Huffington Post

Insider's View of For-Profit Colleges, Race, Class and Education Justice - January 13, 2012; The Huffington Post

Janet CummingsJanet Cummings, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management

Dr. Cummings, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, specializes in mental health services research with an emphasis on the child and adolescent population, geographic access to services, and racial/ethnic disparities in treatment. She is author of more than twenty publications and was honored with the 2010 National Dissertation Award by AcademyHealth, a preeminent national association of health services and health policy researchers. Dr. Cummings recently received a five-year research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the public safety net for children in need of mental health services.

Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Youth in the United States (co-authored with Hefei Wen and Benjamin G. Druss) - February 13, 2013; The Journal of the American Medical Association

Georgia should say yes to Medicaid expansion - January 6, 2013; Atlanta Journal Constitution

April Dworetz, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

April Dworetz, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine.

Find her on Twitter at @adworet.

End of Life, at Birth - August 4, 2013; The New York Times - Selected by The Atlantic Wire as one of their Five Best Monday Columns

Rosemarie Garland ThomsonRosemarie Garland-Thomson, Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University, where her work develops the field of disability studies in the humanities and seeks to bring an understanding of disability issues and identities to communities within and outside of the academy. She is the author, most recently, of Staring: How We Look and one of Utne Reader’s 2010 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Her current project, Habitable Worlds: Eugenic Logic and Inclusive Logic, places materialist analysis of the built environment in conversation with eugenic practices and thought.

Elegy for Oscar Pistorius - March 14, 2013; Al Jazeera

Hot Sex and Disability at the Movies - February 21, 2013; The Huffington Post

Sex Lessons - January 17, 2013; The Huffington Post

Beyond mandated changes in the built environment, has the A.D.A. really made a difference in providing the disabled with equal opportunity and access? - July 26, 2015; The New York Times

Sheryl HeronSheryl Heron, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Heron in Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Dean for Medical Education at Emory University. She is the Inaugural Chair for the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion of the Society Academy for Emergency Medicine and has been recognized as a woman of the year by the Council on the Concerns of Women of the National Medical Association and as a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Find her on Twitter at @Sherylheron.

Guns and family violence: How many tragedies does it take? - March 25, 2013; Al Jazeera

Why health reform is key for minorities (co-authored with Debra Houry) - November 2, 2012; CNN.com Opinion

Jessica HolmesJessica Holmes, Postdoctoral Fellow in Nursing

Jessica Homes is a postdoctoral fellow in nursing. Her doctoral research examined racial, ethnic, and other factors that influence a woman’s decision to continue or stop chemotherapy.

Provocative Publicity - January 10, 2013; Hearsay with Cathy Lewis interview

Save the Ta-Tas, Save Women? - October 19, 2012; The Huffington Post

Debra HouryDebra Houry, Vice Chair for Research and Associate Professor, School of Medicine; Director, Center for Injury Control

Award-winning public health scholar and emergency physician Debra Houry, MD, MPH, is an expert on injury prevention and violence. Dr. Houry has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on these topics. In addition to seeing patients at Grady Memorial Hospital, Dr. Houry serves as an Associate Professor in the Emory University School of Medicine and as the Director of the Emory Center for Injury Control. Find her on Twitter at @debhoury.

College Rankings: a Guide to Nowhere - January 28, 2013; Chronicle of Higher Education

Why health reform is key for minorities (co-authored with Sheryl Heron) - November 2, 2012; CNN.com Opinion

Domestic Violence: A Month of Awareness but a Daily Occurrence - October 22, 2012; The Huffington Post

Emergency Rooms Are On Life Support - September 26, 2012; The Huffington Post

Lynne HufferLynne Huffer, Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Lynne Huffer's work focuses generally on the overlapping fields of feminist and queer theories, with a particular interest in literature, narrative, and the question of ethics. Her most recent book, Mad for Foucault (2010), reexamines queer theory through the lens of Michel Foucault's History of Madness. She has just completed another book, Are the Lips a Grave? Queer Feminist Reflections on the Ethics of Sex, which explores the problem of ethics in feminist and queer theories, with a particular focus on the concrete political dilemmas of our contemporary age.

Find her on Twitter at @lynnehuffer.

Bigotry Didn't Die with DOMA, Neither Should Radical Queer Politics - July 6, 2013 - The Huffington Post

Unwrapping the new Twinkie: An American icon resurfaces, but at what cost? - March 25, 2013; Al Jazeera

It's the economy, sister - March 18, 2013; Al Jazeera

Abortion Rights Advocates Need to Knock Roe from its Pedestal - January 27, 2013; The Feminist Wire

The New Normal Not Good Enough - September 18, 2012; The Huffington Post

Karen LevyKaren Levy, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Karen Levy, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, studies the ways in which environmental conditions affect food and waterborne diseases. Dr. Levy is involved in both international and domestic research projects focused on drinking water quality, transmission of diarrheal diseases, the impact of climate on diarrheal diseases, irrigation water quality for fresh produce production, and the impact of small-scale poultry farming on the spread of antibiotic resistance. Her work is supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the Center for Produce Safety and the Water Research Foundation. Find her on Twitter at @kleverini.

You May Not Have To Wash That Chicken After All - September 4, 2013; NBC Nightly News

My Baby, My Microbiome - June 2, 2013; The Daily Beast

Let's Ask the Right Questions About Organics and Health - September 26, 2012; The Huffington Post

Amanda LewisAmanda Lewis, Associate Professor of Sociology

Amanda Lewis, Associate Professor of Sociology, researches race and ethnic relations, urban schooling, children and youth, qualitative methods, gender, social inequality, and urban ethnography. She is the award-winning author of Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the Color Line in Classrooms and Communities (2003) and coauthor of Challenging Racism in Higher Education: Promoting Justice (2005).

Find her on Twitter at @AmandaLewisPhD.

Re-Segregating Education webcast interview - October 2, 2012; HuffPost Live

A Dream That's Dying (co-authored with John Diamond) - October 1, 2012; The Huffington Post

Michael Leo OwensMichael Leo Owens, Associate Professor of Political Science

Michael Leo Owens, Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University, is an expert in the interaction of state and local politics, criminal justice, social welfare, religion, and race. An accomplished author and national radio and television guest, Dr. Owens also serves on the board of the Urban Affairs Association and National Housing Institute. Public scholarship allows him to unite his research, teaching, and service to inform and improve collective action by marginalized communities. Find him on Twitter at @milo_phd.

Mass incarceration does injustice to millions of American children - August 19, 2013; The Guardian

Reduce economic immobility - August 14, 2013; The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta’s (non) upward mobility: 'Better quality public education is consequential' - August 1, 2013; Atlanta Magazine

Benefits for Drug Felons - March 27, 2013; The New York Times - letter to the editor

A “Day On” for what? - January 18, 2013; PBS Need to Know

Let My Preachers Endorse: A Modest Church-State Proposal - November 18, 2012; Religion Dispatches Magazine

Ani SatzAni Satz, Associate Professor of Law

Ani B. Satz is a regulatory health lawyer and philosopher whose research focuses on the legal response to vulnerability and governmental obligations to those who are vulnerable. Professor Satz's most recent scholarship addresses from a law and ethics perspective access to health care, disability discrimination, and the well-being of nonhuman animals. Professor Satz's scholarship is published in journals including the Michigan Law Review; Washington & Lee Law Review; Emory Law Journal; Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics; and Washington Law Review.

Gag the 'ag-gag' laws that bar undercover recording of cruelty to farm animals - July 5, 2013; The Christian Science Monitor

Presidential Turkey Pardon: It's Time for This Thanksgiving Tradition to Go - November 22, 2012; Huffington Post

Andi ShaneAndi Shane, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Andi L. Shane is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Emory University School of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Hubert Department of Global Health. Her research interests include the prevention of gastrointestinal infections, improving the function of vaccines using probiotics, the prevention of infections in healthcare settings, building global capacity, and designing clinical trials. Engagement in clinical research, teaching, and patient care supports opportunities for public scholarship and her passion for bringing health to the public. Find her on Twitter at @anditwitts.

Improved Neonatal Outcomes with Probiotics (co-authored with Girish C. Deshpande, FRACP, MSc and Dan Marenstein, MD) - August 5, 2013; The Journal of the American Medical Association

The Problem if DIY Fecal Transplants - July 15, 2013 - The Atlantic.com

Shoe-Leather Epidemiology Needs More, Not Less Funding - March 29, 2013; The Health Care Blog

Norovirus Hits Georgia - January 27, 2013; 11 Alive News interview

Rob StephensonRob Stephenson, Associate Professor of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Rob Stephenson, Associate Professor of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, specializes in sexual risk-taking and violence among sexual minorities. He has written extensively on the issue of intimate partner violence and its associations with sexual risk-taking among men who have sex with men, and is currently PI on the largest study of its kind to investigate these issues in the US. Stephenson’s work on the Public Voices Fellowship focuses on how sexual minorities are represented in the media and how this, and other structural forces, may shape their health.

If I Am HIV-Negative, Then You Must Be Too, Right? - July 9, 2013, The Huffington Post

So You Think You Can Dance: Predicting the Winner of Season 10? - July 5, 2013; The Huffington Post

Why bias puts young gays' health at risk - May 31, 2013; CNN Opinon

Test as couples for HIV status - February 27, 2013 - Phylly.com

Forgotten victims: Domestic violence among gay men - November 15, 2012; The Feminist Wire

Could Same-Sex Marriage Improve the Nation's Health? - November 11, 2012; The Health Care Blog

Your Obama Should Be at the End of Your Rainbow - November 1, 2012; The Huffington Post

Invisible Men: Why It Matters That There Are No Black Male Couples on TV - September 11, 2012; The Huffington Post