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UC Berkeley faculty, researchers and staff are available to provide commentary to the news media on their areas of expertise when time permits. Journalists can best reach experts via email or the phone number listed under their name in the categories below or in the campus directory.

Arts and humanities

Stephen Best photo
Stephen Best Professor of English; Director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities
Vikram Chandra photo
Vikram Chandra Teaching professor of English literature
Areas of expertise: Creative writing, India, literature
Jeroen Dewulf photo
Jeroen Dewulf Queen Beatrix Professor in Dutch Studies; Professor in German Studies; Faculty academic director of Berkeley Study Abroad; Director of the Institute of European Studies; Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies
Robert L. Hass photo
Robert L. Hass Professor emeritus of poetry and poetics
Clark Kellogg photo
Clark Kellogg Lecturer in creativity, design and innovation
Jill Miller photo
Jill Miller Assistant professor of art practice
Areas of expertise: New media, art practice
Beth Piatote photo
Beth Piatote Associate professor of comparative literature and of English; Director of the Arts Research Center
Ronald Rael photo
Ronald Rael Chair of the Department of Art Practice, professor of architecture, Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture
Solmaz Sharif photo
Solmaz Sharif SOLMAZ SHARIFShirley Shenker Assistant Professor of English
Areas of expertise: Creative writing, poetry
Ken Ueno photo
Ken Ueno Jerry and Evelyn Hemmings Chambers Distinguished Professor in Music
Brandi Wilkins Catanese photo
Brandi Wilkins Catanese Professor of African American Studies, associate professor of Theater, Dance and Performance Studiees
Damon Young photo
Damon Young Associate professor of French and of film and media

Business and economics

Alan Auerbach photo
Alan Auerbach Professor of economics and law, director of the Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance at Berkeley
Aaron Edlin photo
Aaron Edlin Richard W. Jennings Professor of Law, professor of economics, co-director of the Law and Economics Program
Carole Galante photo
Carole Galante I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy; faculty director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation;
Carole Galante photo
Carole Galante I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy, faculty director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation
Mike Hout photo
Mike Hout Professor emeritus of sociology and demography
Clark Kellogg photo
Clark Kellogg Lecturer in creativity, design and innovation
Ronald D. Lee photo
Ronald D. Lee Professor of demography and economics, emeritus; associate director, Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging
Enrique Lopezlira photo
Enrique Lopezlira Director of the low-wage work program at the UC Berkeley Labor Center
Jane Mcalevey photo
Jane Mcalevey Senior policy fellow, Center for Labor Research and Education
Areas of expertise: labor movement, Organizing
Gary Pieroni photo
Gary Pieroni Lecturer at the Haas School of Business
Areas of expertise: Management and accounting
Michael Reich photo
Michael Reich professor of economics and co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE).
Carolina Reid photo
Carolina Reid Assistant professor of city and regional planning, faculty research advisor for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation
Laura Tyson photo
Laura Tyson Professor and faculty director at the Institute for Business & Social Impact

Coronavirus

Amani Allen photo
Amani Allen Executive Associate Dean of the School of Public Health, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology
Cristina Banks photo
Cristina Banks Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces
Sonia Bishop photo
Sonia Bishop Associate professor of psychology
Amy Eva photo
Amy Eva Associate parenting director, Greater Good Science Center
Carole Galante photo
Carole Galante I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy, faculty director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation
Ken Goldberg photo
Ken Goldberg Professor of engineering, faculty director of the People and Robots Initiative at CITRIS
Clark Kellogg photo
Clark Kellogg Lecturer in creativity, design and innovation
Dacher Keltner photo
Dacher Keltner Professor of psychology, founding director of the Greater Good Science Center
Ann Kring photo
Ann Kring Professor of psychology
David Lindeman photo
David Lindeman Director of health, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
Ian Haney Lopez photo
Ian Haney Lopez Director, Racial Politics Project, Haas Institute For A Fair And Inclusive Society Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor Of Public Law Director, Racial Politics Project, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law
Jane Mcalevey photo
Jane Mcalevey Senior policy fellow, Center for Labor Research and Education
Areas of expertise: labor movement, Organizing
John A. Powell photo
John A. Powell Professor of Law and of African American Studies, Director of Othering and Belonging Institute
Areas of expertise: Civil rights, racism, poverty, inequality, democracy
Michael Reich photo
Michael Reich professor of economics and co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE).
Julia Schaletzky photo
Julia Schaletzky Executive Director, Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases (CEND) and Immunotherapy and Vaccine Research Institute (IVRI)
Emiliana Simon-Thomas photo
Emiliana Simon-Thomas Science director, Greater Good Science Center
Winston Tseng photo
Winston Tseng Lecturer in the School of Public Health and in Asian American and Asian Diasporas Studies
Laura Tyson photo
Laura Tyson Professor and faculty director at the Institute for Business & Social Impact

Disasters

John Balmes, M.D. photo
John Balmes, M.D. Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Robert Bea photo
Robert Bea Professor emeritus of civil engineering
William Boos photo
William Boos Associate professor of earth and planetary science
Jonathan Bray photo
Jonathan Bray Faculty chair in earthquake engineering excellence
Jack Moehle photo
Jack Moehle Ed and Diane Wilson Presidential Professor of Structural Engineering
John Radke photo
John Radke Professor of city and regional planning and of landscape architecture and environmental planning; director of UC Berkeley's geographic information science center
Scott L. Stephens photo
Scott L. Stephens Professor of fire science in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Education

Henry Brady photo
Henry Brady Professor of political science and public policy, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy
Areas of expertise: Elections, politics, government
Tolani Britton photo
Tolani Britton Assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education
Amy Eva photo
Amy Eva Associate parenting director, Greater Good Science Center
Lisa García Bedolla photo
Lisa García Bedolla UC Berkeley's vice provost for graduate studies, dean of the Graduate Division, professor of education
Zachary Pardos photo
Zachary Pardos Assistant professor, shared appointment in the Graduate School of Education and the School of Information; director of the Computational Approaches to Human Learning (CAHL) research lab
P. David Pearson photo
P. David Pearson Professor of the Graduate School, emeritus professor of education
Areas of expertise: literacy history and policy
Jeremy Adam Smith photo
Jeremy Adam Smith Editor, Greater Good Science Center

Elections

Henry Brady photo
Henry Brady Professor of political science and public policy, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy
Areas of expertise: Elections, politics, government
Lisa García Bedolla photo
Lisa García Bedolla UC Berkeley's vice provost for graduate studies, dean of the Graduate Division, professor of education
Patrick Gonzalez photo
Patrick Gonzalez Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
George Lakoff photo
George Lakoff Emeritus professor of linguistics and cognitive science, director of the Center for the Neural Mind and Society
Gabriel Lenz photo
Gabriel Lenz Professor, political scientist
Jane Mcalevey photo
Jane Mcalevey Senior policy fellow, Center for Labor Research and Education
Areas of expertise: labor movement, Organizing
John A. Powell photo
John A. Powell Professor of Law and of African American Studies, Director of Othering and Belonging Institute
Areas of expertise: Civil rights, racism, poverty, inequality, democracy

Energy

Lutgard C. De Jonghe photo
Lutgard C. De Jonghe Emeritus professor of materials science and engineering
Jonas Meckling photo
Jonas Meckling Associate Professor of energy and environmental policy

Environment

John Balmes, M.D. photo
John Balmes, M.D. Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Robert Bea photo
Robert Bea Professor emeritus of civil engineering
William Boos photo
William Boos Associate professor of earth and planetary science
Ellen Bruno photo
Ellen Bruno Cooperative Extension Specialist in quantitative policy analysis
Paul Fine photo
Paul Fine Professor of integrative biology
Inez Fung photo
Inez Fung Professor of earth and planetary science
Patrick Gonzalez photo
Patrick Gonzalez Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Maggi Kelly photo
Maggi Kelly Cooperative Extension specialist and professor in residence in environmental science, policy and management
Lara Kueppers photo
Lara Kueppers Assistant professor in the Energy and Resource Group and Berkeley Lab faculty scientist
Jonas Meckling photo
Jonas Meckling Associate Professor of energy and environmental policy
Meg Mills-Novoa photo
Meg Mills-Novoa Assistant professor of environmental science, policy and management
William Stewart photo
William Stewart Cooperative Extension specialist in environmental science, policy and management
Margaret Torn photo
Margaret Torn Co-head of the Climate and Carbon Sciences Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and adjunct associate professor in Energy and Resources Group

Health

Tomas Aragón photo
Tomas Aragón Assistant adjunct professor of epidemiology
John Balmes, M.D. photo
John Balmes, M.D. Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Sean Holmes photo
Sean Holmes Chancellor's Professor in the UC Berkeley Division of Society and Environment, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
William Jagust, M.D. photo
William Jagust, M.D. Professor of public health
Areas of expertise: Aging brain, dementia, neuroimaging.
Marlon Maus photo
Marlon Maus Adjunct professor of public health, director of the doctorate in public health program
Mark Nicas photo
Mark Nicas Adjunct professor of environmental health sciences, director of the Industrial Hygiene Program
Julia Schaletzky photo
Julia Schaletzky Executive Director, Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases (CEND) and Immunotherapy and Vaccine Research Institute (IVRI)
Matthew Walker photo
Matthew Walker Professor of psychology and neuroscience

Housing

Carole Galante photo
Carole Galante I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy; faculty director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation;
Carole Galante photo
Carole Galante I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy, faculty director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation
Carolina Reid photo
Carolina Reid Assistant professor of city and regional planning, faculty research advisor for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation

LGBTQ+, disability, religion

Paola Bacchetta photo
Paola Bacchetta Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Daniel Boyarin photo
Daniel Boyarin Professor of Near Eastern Studies and of Rhetoric
Mike Hout photo
Mike Hout Professor emeritus of sociology and demography
Stephen Menendian photo
Stephen Menendian Assistant director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Russell Robinson photo
Russell Robinson Professor of law, faculty director, Center on Race, Sexuality and Culture

Law

Kenneth A. Bamberger photo
Kenneth A. Bamberger Professor of law, faculty director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and the Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies
Erwin Chemerinsky photo
Erwin Chemerinsky Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law
Aaron Edlin photo
Aaron Edlin Richard W. Jennings Professor of Law, professor of economics, co-director of the Law and Economics Program
Daniel Farber photo
Daniel Farber Sho Sato Professor of Law and faculty director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment
Areas of expertise: Constitutional law.
Amy Gurowitz photo
Amy Gurowitz Lecturer in political science, director of education programs in the Institute of International Studies
Des Lafleur photo
Des Lafleur Clinical teaching fellow and lecturer, Berkeley Law
Gabriel Lenz photo
Gabriel Lenz Professor, political scientist
Ian Haney Lopez photo
Ian Haney Lopez Director, Racial Politics Project, Haas Institute For A Fair And Inclusive Society Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor Of Public Law Director, Racial Politics Project, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law
Stephen Menendian photo
Stephen Menendian Assistant director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
John A. Powell photo
John A. Powell Professor of Law and of African American Studies, Director of Othering and Belonging Institute
Areas of expertise: Civil rights, racism, poverty, inequality, democracy
Xiao Qiang photo
Xiao Qiang Adjunct professor, research scientist in the School of Information
Russell Robinson photo
Russell Robinson Professor of law, faculty director, Center on Race, Sexuality and Culture
Harry Scheiber photo
Harry Scheiber Professor of law and history, faculty director of the Institute for Legal Research
Elisabeth Semel photo
Elisabeth Semel Professor of law and director of the Death Penalty Clinic at UC Berkeley
Areas of expertise: death penalty and criminal law.
Jonathan Simon photo
Jonathan Simon Lance Robbins Professor of Criminal Justice Law
Areas of expertise: Criminal law
Eric Stover photo
Eric Stover Adjunct professor of law and public health and faculty director of the Human Rights Center
Areas of expertise: Human rights, public health.
John Yoo photo
John Yoo Emanuel Heller Professor of Law and director of the Korea Law Center, the California Constitution Center and the law school’s Program in Public Law and Policy
Franklin Zimring photo
Franklin Zimring Professor of law
Areas of expertise: Criminal justice and family law

Media

Politics and public policy

Alan Auerbach photo
Alan Auerbach Professor of economics and law, director of the Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance at Berkeley
Henry Brady photo
Henry Brady Professor of political science and public policy, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy
Areas of expertise: Elections, politics, government
Carole Galante photo
Carole Galante I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy; faculty director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation;
Lisa García Bedolla photo
Lisa García Bedolla UC Berkeley's vice provost for graduate studies, dean of the Graduate Division, professor of education
Amy Gurowitz photo
Amy Gurowitz Lecturer in political science, director of education programs in the Institute of International Studies
Mike Hout photo
Mike Hout Professor emeritus of sociology and demography
George Lakoff photo
George Lakoff Emeritus professor of linguistics and cognitive science, director of the Center for the Neural Mind and Society
Ian Haney Lopez photo
Ian Haney Lopez Director, Racial Politics Project, Haas Institute For A Fair And Inclusive Society Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor Of Public Law Director, Racial Politics Project, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law
Jane Mcalevey photo
Jane Mcalevey Senior policy fellow, Center for Labor Research and Education
Areas of expertise: labor movement, Organizing
Stephen Menendian photo
Stephen Menendian Assistant director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Mahmood Monshipouri photo
Mahmood Monshipouri Lecturer in global studies and international and area Studies
G. Cristina Mora photo
G. Cristina Mora Associate professor of sociology, co-director of the Institute of Governmental Studies
John A. Powell photo
John A. Powell Professor of Law and of African American Studies, Director of Othering and Belonging Institute
Areas of expertise: Civil rights, racism, poverty, inequality, democracy
Xiao Qiang photo
Xiao Qiang Adjunct professor, research scientist in the School of Information
Jonathan Simon photo
Jonathan Simon Lance Robbins Professor of Criminal Justice Law
Areas of expertise: Criminal law

Psychology and behavior

Sonia Bishop photo
Sonia Bishop Associate professor of psychology
Silvia Bunge photo
Silvia Bunge Professor of psychology and neuroscience
Serena Chen photo
Serena Chen Professor of psychology
Amy Eva photo
Amy Eva Associate parenting director, Greater Good Science Center
Alison Gopnik photo
Alison Gopnik Professor of psychology
William Jagust, M.D. photo
William Jagust, M.D. Professor of public health
Areas of expertise: Aging brain, dementia, neuroimaging.
Dacher Keltner photo
Dacher Keltner Professor of psychology, founding director of the Greater Good Science Center
Celeste Kidd photo
Celeste Kidd Assistant professor of psychology
Robert Knight photo
Robert Knight Professor of psychology
Ann Kring photo
Ann Kring Professor of psychology
George Lakoff photo
George Lakoff Emeritus professor of linguistics and cognitive science, director of the Center for the Neural Mind and Society
Robert Levenson photo
Robert Levenson Professor of psychology
Emiliana Simon-Thomas photo
Emiliana Simon-Thomas Science director, Greater Good Science Center
Jeremy Adam Smith photo
Jeremy Adam Smith Editor, Greater Good Science Center
Mahesh Srinivasan photo
Mahesh Srinivasan Assistant professor of psychology
Matthew Walker photo
Matthew Walker Professor of psychology and neuroscience

Race and ethnicity

Stephen Best photo
Stephen Best Professor of English; Director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities
Lisa García Bedolla photo
Lisa García Bedolla UC Berkeley's vice provost for graduate studies, dean of the Graduate Division, professor of education
Ian Haney Lopez photo
Ian Haney Lopez Director, Racial Politics Project, Haas Institute For A Fair And Inclusive Society Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor Of Public Law Director, Racial Politics Project, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law
Stephen Menendian photo
Stephen Menendian Assistant director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
G. Cristina Mora photo
G. Cristina Mora Associate professor of sociology, co-director of the Institute of Governmental Studies
Beth Piatote photo
Beth Piatote Associate professor of comparative literature and of English; Director of the Arts Research Center
John A. Powell photo
John A. Powell Professor of Law and of African American Studies, Director of Othering and Belonging Institute
Areas of expertise: Civil rights, racism, poverty, inequality, democracy
Michael Reich photo
Michael Reich professor of economics and co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE).
Russell Robinson photo
Russell Robinson Professor of law, faculty director, Center on Race, Sexuality and Culture
Jeremy Adam Smith photo
Jeremy Adam Smith Editor, Greater Good Science Center
Ula Taylor photo
Ula Taylor Professor and chair of African American Studies
Brandi Wilkins Catanese photo
Brandi Wilkins Catanese Professor of African American Studies, associate professor of Theater, Dance and Performance Studiees

Racial justice and policing

Amani Allen photo
Amani Allen Executive Associate Dean of the School of Public Health, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology
John A. Powell photo
John A. Powell Professor of Law and of African American Studies, Director of Othering and Belonging Institute
Areas of expertise: Civil rights, racism, poverty, inequality, democracy
Jonathan Simon photo
Jonathan Simon Lance Robbins Professor of Criminal Justice Law
Areas of expertise: Criminal law

Social science

Daniel Boyarin photo
Daniel Boyarin Professor of Near Eastern Studies and of Rhetoric