Category: Media Advisory, Press Materials

Title: Racial Justice – Subject Matter Experts

WASHINGTON — Georgetown University professors offer expertise for journalists seeking interviews in a variety of subjects related to racial justice, including its intersection with the Black Lives Matter Movement, police reform and racial politics.  

To schedule an interview, please contact Courtney Thompson at

Marcia Chatelain, is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration (2015) and Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (2020). Follow her on Twitter @DrMChatelain. 

Areas of Expertise: Social movements and global cities 

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Soyica Diggs Colbert,  is the Idol Family Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University. She is currently working on two forthcoming books, Becoming Free: An Intellectual Biography of Lorraine Hansberry, and a co-edited collection, Race and Performance After Repetition. Follow her on Twitter @DrSoyica

Areas of Expertise: Ongoing national protests,  the legacies of slavery, the Civil Rights movement and arts and activism 

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Andrea Headley, is a public management, social equity and criminal justice policy scholar at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on policing to understand how organizational, managerial, and individual level factors affect policing services and outcomes, with a keen focus on inequities and disparities. Specific examples of her past work include assessing police-community relations, analyzing dispositional outcomes in citizen complaints, evaluating the effects of race during use of force encounters, as well as evaluating body-worn cameras. She teaches specialized courses on criminal justice policy and generalist courses on public management. 

Areas of Expertise: Racial equity, community policing, civilian oversight boards, body-worn cameras, national police reform commissions, hiring officers of color, police use of force and improving and understanding police-community relations

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Terrence L. Johnson, is an associate professor of religion and politics in the department of government and a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. 

Areas of Expertise: Afro-Christianity, human rights activism, African American politics, religion in public like, Black religions, social ethics and racial politics

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Robert Patterson, is a professor of African American studies and served as the inaugural chair of the Department of African American Studies at Georgetown University (2016-2019). Dr. Patterson has worked with governmental agencies, school systems, and other organizations to develop solutions that increase diversity, cultivate inclusion and provide equity of access and outcomes. 

Areas of Expertise: Ongoing national protests, black cultures, racial politics and the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow

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To schedule an interview, please contact Karen Teber at

Lucile Adams-Campbell, is the Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research, Senior Associate Dean for Community Outreach and Engagement, and Professor of Oncology at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center. She currently serves as the co-chair for Georgetown University’s Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities. 

Areas of Expertise: Health disparities and cancer 

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Laura Anderko, holds the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. She is a Professor and Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, and a scholar in the fields of epidemiology, public health and environmental health. 

Areas of Expertise: Health and environment 

Alfiee Breland-Noble, is Director of The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Georgetown. She is an adolescent and child psychologist and a clinical researcher in the area of mental health disparities. 

Areas of Expertise: Mental health disparities 

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Susan Cheng, is the senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine. 

Areas of Expertise: Education 


Christopher King, is an associate professor and department chair of health systems administration at Georgetown University. His scholarship illuminates the relationship between systemic racism and racial differences in health outcomes. Board certified in healthcare management, his work advances practice by applying a racial equity lens in healthcare delivery as a means of eradicating health disparities

Areas of Expertise: Health disparities 

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Phyllis Magrab, is professor pediatrics and director of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) that brings together policy, research, and clinical practice for the betterment of children, youth and their families, especially those with special needs. She currently serves as the co-chair for Georgetown University’s Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities. 

Areas of Expertise: Health disparities


To schedule an interview, please contact Tanya Weinberg  at

Paul Butler, is the Albert Brick Professor in Law. He researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Butler served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Areas of Expertise: Civil rights and discrimination, criminal law and procedure

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Sheryll Cashin, is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice at the Georgetown University Law Center. She also serves as board member of the Poverty Race Research Action Council. 

Areas of Expertise: Global cities,  civil rights and discrimination 

Emma Coleman, is a J. Crilley Kelly and Terry Curtin Kelly Professor of Business Law. She is best known for establishing the field of economic justice in legal theory, and for her work in financial services and civil rights. 

Areas of Expertise: Race, inequality and justice 

Anthony Cook, is a professor of Law at the Georgetown Law Center. He  teaches interrelated courses on race and class stratification, with a particular emphasis on progressive politics, voting rights, elections, and the legal structure of the political process. Professor Cook has pioneered a groundbreaking course – Race, Inequality and Progressive Politics: Voting Rights in America – that brings professional, graduate, and undergraduate students from various disciplines into the same classroom to grapple with issues facing U.S. democracy.

Areas of Expertise: Civil rights and discrimination and global cities

Sheila Foster, is the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy at Georgetown. She holds a joint appointment with the Georgetown Law School and the McCourt Public Policy School. Professor Foster has been involved on many levels with urban law and policy. She is the chair of the advisory committee of the Global Parliament of Mayors and has been a member of the Aspen Institute’s Urban Innovation Group and the New York City Mayor’s Panel on Climate Change. 

Areas of Expertise: Global cities


Kristen Henning,  is an Agnes N. Williams Research Professor and Professor of Law at Georgetown University. She has been active in local, regional and national juvenile justice reform, serving as Director of the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center (MAJDC), President of the Board of Directors for the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, and on local D.C. Superior Court committees such as the Delinquency Working Group and the Family Court Training Committee. 

Areas of Expertise: Juvenile Justice

Christy Lopez, is a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown Law Center. Professor Lopez directly led the team that investigated the Ferguson Police Department and was a primary drafter of the Ferguson Report and negotiator of the Ferguson consent decree. She also led investigations of many other law enforcement agencies, including the Chicago Police Department, the New Orleans Police Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the Newark (New Jersey) Police Department, and the Missoula, Montana investigation. 

Areas of Expertise: Defund the police movement and criminal justice 

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Jamillah Bowman Williamsis an associate professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Her research focuses on contemporary bias, the effectiveness of antidiscrimination law, and the capacity of law to promote compliance and social change. 

Areas of Expertise: Civil rights and discrimination

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