LSU Racial Equality Experts Available to Speak to Media
BATON ROUGE – LSU has a number of experts available to discuss topics related to race, Black history, experience and identity, police brutality, media and more. Please check here as this list will be updated.
Jinx Broussard, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Professor and Bart R. Swanson Endowed Memorial
Areas of Expertise: The Black press, representations of racial and ethnic minorities, media history, alternative media, crisis communication, public relations strategies and tactics and the civil rights movement.
Cassandra Chaney, LSU Child & Family Studies professor
Areas of Expertise: She wrote Police Use of Excessive Force against African Americans: Historical Antecedents and Community Perceptions. Her research examines the narratives of single, dating, cohabitating and married Blacks, as well as how religion and spirituality support these families, both historically and today.
Stephen Finley, LSU Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies and African & African American Studies associate professor
Areas of Expertise: African American religion, race and religion, critical whiteness studies, whiteness and religion.
Gaines Foster, LSU Foundation Professor of History
Areas of Expertise: History of the South, race relations and the continuing battle over the memory of the Civil War
Tina M. Harris, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Douglas L. Manship Sr.-Dori Maynard Race, Media and Cultural Literacy Endowed Chair
Areas of Expertise: An internationally renowned interracial communication scholar with particular interests in race, media representations and racial social justice.
Sheryl Kennedy Haydel, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication assistant professor in public relations
Areas of Expertise: Media’s role in criminal cases, historical influences of the Black College Press, minority first-time voters and social movements such as #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo.
Herman O. Kelly, Jr., LSU African & African American Studies and School of Education adjunct instructor and community pastor
Areas of Expertise: Racism, community engagement and integration. Editor of the anthology, Black Rhetorical Traditions in the Civil Rights Movement: Voices of Struggle and Strength.
Lori Martin, LSU Department of Sociology and LSU Department of African and African American Studies professor
Areas of Expertise: Persistent racism and economic disparities and how historic inequality has led to Black people being at greater risk of negative impacts during crises such as the pandemic. She is also an expert in race and ethnicity relations, demography, racial wealth inequality, asset poverty, race and sports and African American history, experience and identity.
Bryan McCann, LSU Department of Communication Studies assistant professor in rhetoric and cultural studies
Areas of Expertise: Race, racism and criminal justice; crime and public culture; social movements; whiteness and white privilege; primary and general election debates; and how campaigns structure arguments.
Roland Mitchell, LSU College of Human Sciences & Education dean and the E.B. "Ted" Robert Endowed Professor in the School of Education
Areas of Expertise: History of U.S. higher education; the experiences of underrepresented populations in post-secondary education; school-to-prison-pipeline issues; and university to community outreach/relational issues.
Dereck J. Rovaris Sr., LSU Chief Diversity Officer and Office of Diversity vice provost
Areas of Expertise: Responsible for the oversight of LSU diversity and outreach efforts including administrative oversight of Office of Diversity reporting units, provides vision and executive leadership for inclusive excellence at LSU, and represents the university in promoting the diversity leadership agenda locally, regionally and nationally.
Meghan Sanders, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication associate professor and Media Effects Lab
Areas of Expertise: Media and psychology, focusing on the psychological effects of mass media as they pertain to psychological processes and effects of racial stereotyping
David Stamps, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication assistant professor in mass media and public
Areas of Expertise: Psychological and behavioral effects of identity-focused, specifically race and gender-related, interpersonal interactions. Media representation of marginalized and underrepresented groups and the impact of media imagery of class, gender, race, ability status, geographic location, and sexuality on audiences' emotions, beliefs, and behavioral intentions.
Jose Torres, LSU Department of Sociology assistant professor
Areas of expertise: Criminal justice, social control, race, ethnicity and policing.
A former police officer, Torres worked exclusively in low-income communities and spent
a majority of his time in a public housing community policing unit.
Contact Alison Satake
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