February 19, 2020
Faculty members from across UT Austin have been included in the sixth cohort of the Op-Ed Project Public Voices Fellowship.
In partnership with top universities and foundations, The OpEd Project launched the Public Voices Fellowship to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas heard around the world. This offered an avenue for experts from underrepresented groups to be positioned as public thought leaders in their field and contribute to the national dialogue around important issues.
UT Austin remains one of the only public institutions to participate in this program. To date, 99 UT Austin Fellows have produced over 420 concrete successes, including published op-eds, TV and radio appearances, interviews, expert quotes and more.
“Scholarship has long existed across diverse communities but historically the voices of female scholars and scholars of color have been overlooked and ignored,” said Jennifer Keys Adair, associate professor for Curriculum and Instruction in College of Education and Chair of the Op-Ed Project Public Voices Board at UT Austin. “Our hope is that the Public Voices Fellowship helps change that. Our entire community thrives when voices from every group and background are driving the conversations.”
Many of these faculty contributions have led to an impact in the academic and public sphere, driving expert citations, demand for book contracts and sparking community initiatives.
2020 UT Austin Public Voices Fellows
Cockrell School of Engineering
Moriba Jah, Associate Professor
Christine Julien, Professor and Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
College of Education
Lisa Sigafoos, Assistant Professor of Practice
Nick Winges-Yanez. Director of Disability Studies, adjunct assistant professor
College of Fine Arts
Megan Hildebrandt, Associate Professor of Practice
Sara Simons, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Theatre Education
College of Liberal Arts
Grayson Hunt, Associate Director, LGBTQ Studies/Lecturer
Annika Olson, Assistant Director of Policy Research
Danielle Wright, Associate Director, Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis
Jorge Pérez, Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
Sofian Merabet, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, Associate Professor
College of Natural Sciences
Shardha Jogee, Rex G. Baker, Jr. and McDonald Observatory Centennial Professor, Department of Astronomy
College of Pharmacy
Rueben Gonzales, Professor of Pharmacology
Janet Walkow, Executive Director/Chief Technology Officer, Drug Dynamics Institute/Clinical Professor
School of Nursing
Alexandra A Garcia, Professor (Nursing and Population Health at Dell Medical School) and Chief of Community Engagement and Health Equity (Dept. of Population Health, Dell Medical School)
Moody College of Communications
Johanna Hartelius, Associate Professor
Caroline Frick, Associate Professor
Dell Medical School
Aliza Norwood, Assistant Professor of Medical Education
Jessica Martinez Ibarra, Assistant Professor of Medical Education
For more information on the program please visit their website at www.theopedproject.org.