Three Scholars Worth Your Time: Part 1

2 Mar

Diane Rosenfeld is a professor at Harvard Law School, where she teaches the Gender Violence clinical workshop and a seminar on Gender Violence, Law, and Social Justice, among other courses and seminars.  Her main areas of expertise include Gender Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Femicide, and Title IX.  Prior to teaching at Harvard, she served as the Senior Counsel to the Violence Against Women Office of the U.S. Department of Justice. She also served as an Executive Assistant Attorney General in Illinois where she provided legal policy advising on women’s rights, environmental enforcement, and the ethics of governmental attorneys.

Her current work focuses on campus sexual assault, including work with student groups, campus administrators and individuals on preventing and addressing campus sexual assault.  In addition, she is working to improve the criminal justice response to domestic violence by working with states on passing comprehensive legislation to assess dangerousness of every domestic violence case and use improved containment measures to ensure batterer compliance with the terms of an order of protection. This includes GPS monitoring of batterers, a topic on which she and her clinical students offer assistance to state legislators on developing and implementing legislation.

Dr. Robert Blendon

Robert Blendon, also here at Harvard, is a Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis.  Dr. Blendon teaches courses on both Political Strategy in Health Policy and Public Opinion Polling at the Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard School of Public Health.  In addition, he directs the Harvard Opinion Research Program, which focuses on the better understanding of public knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about major domestic public policy issues.  His recent scholarship has examined public attitudes toward the public health system and health care reform.

Dr. Nalini Ambady

A third scholar of note is Nalini Ambady, a professor of psychology at Tufts University.  Her broad research interests include the accuracy of social, emotional, and perceptual judgments, how personal and social identities affect cognition and performance, and nonverbal and cross-cultural communication.  A recent article of note, published in Science Magazine, explored the prevalence, subtlety and impact of nonverbal race bias in eleven popular scripted television shows.  Her findings suggest that hidden patterns of televised nonverbal behavior measurably influence bias among viewers, even though viewers may be unable to consciously report observing a pattern of bias.

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