2013-2015 Public Voices Fellows

Emory University has partnered with the OpEd Project to expand the range of voices heard in the public sphere. With this two-year fellowship, we aim to increase the number of women and minority scholars who are “thought leaders” in the nation’s most visible forums by teaching them how to write for and connect to major media outlets. This program is for Emory University faculty. A small number of graduate students may also be selected if space is available. Space is limited to twenty participants. Sponsored by generous sponsorship of the Center for Women, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Center for Injury Control, Laney Graduate School, School of Law, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Office of the Provost, and Dr. Sheryl Heron.


Public Voices Fellowship

2013-2015 Fellows

Mohammed AliMohammed Ali, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health; Advisor for Division of Diabetes Translation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mohammed K. Ali, Assistant Professor in the departments of Global Health and Epidemiology at Emory University and advisor for the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, specializes in diabetes and heart disease worldwide. A Rhodes Scholar with degrees in medicine, public health, and business administration, Ali has published over 60 articles in leading journals.

How Health Care Cost-Cutting Isn't Healthy, For Patients or Businesses - October 17, 2013; Talking Points Memo

5 Holiday Lifestyle Lessons We Can Learn From the Shutdown Debacle - October 24, 2013; Huffington Post

Nadia AliNadia Ali, Health Psychologist, School of Medicine

Nadia Ali, Ph.D., is a health psychologist on the faculty of Emory University’s School of Medicine, in the Department of Human Genetics. She is an expert in psychosocial care for medically ill individuals, with over 15 years experience working in hospitals and clinics.  Dr. Ali currently conducts clinical research on psychological and neurocognitive aspects of genetic diseases, as well as teaching within Emory’s School of Medicine. She has travelled throughout the US speaking on such topics as “It’s Not All in Your Head: Dealing with the Psychological Impact of Chronic Diseases,” “Collaborative Practice in Hospital Medicine: The Role of Health Psychology” and “Compassion Fatigue:Care for the Caregiver.” She is co-author of the book, “Transitions:Managing Your Own Healthcare: What Every Teen with an LSD Needs to Know,” aimed at teenagers with chronic diseases, as they begin transitioning into the adult world of managing their own healthcare.

Breast Cancer Treatment Shouldn't End When Survivors Are 'Cancer Free' - October 24, 2013; Talking Points Memo

Mental Health Parity for All - December 13, 2013; Talking Points Memo

What Disney's 'Frozen' can teach us about mental illness - May 13, 2014; The Washington Post

Angela Amar, Associate Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing-

What College Campuses Can Learn from (Yes) the Military About Sexual Assault-June 6, 2014; Talking Points Memo

Carol Anderson, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Emory College

Carol Anderson is an associate professor of African American Studies and History at Emory University. She is the author of  Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955 (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Florida shooter saw black, thought 'threat'. - February 12, 2014; CNN Opinion.  

Do We Have a Fundamental Right to Education? - May 17, 2014; OZY

What Would The Soviets Say About Michael Brown- August 25. 2014; Foreign Policy 

Is Ferguson as Much About White Rage as Black? WNYC Radio

Boston won’t bring change – May 1, 2015; The Boston Globe

Yayoi Uno Everett, Associate Professor in Music Theory; Interim Chair, Music Department, Emory College

Yayoi Uno Everett, Associate Professor in Music at Emory University, specializes in the analysis of postwar art music, film, and opera from the perspectives of music theory, semiotics, cultural studies, and film and multimedia studies. In addition to a forthcoming monograph on contemporary operas that deal with narratives of war and trauma (Indiana University Press), her publications include books and articles on social politics, postmodern aesthetics, and intercultural studies in music. Her research has been funded by fellowships from the Fox Center for the Humanities, Boligasco Foundation, Japan Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Asia Cultural Council.

Glass Breaks the Ceiling: Minimalism in Our Culture of Repetition - December 19, 2013; Huffington Post


Martha Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, School of Law

The right's latest Obamacare lie: Scapegoating America's seniors -November 7, 2013; Salon.

tholbrook.jpgTimothy R. Holbrook, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law, School of Law

Timothy R. Holbrook, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law, is one of the nation's leading scholars of patent law and innovation. He has authored over twenty-five publications and has given over one hundred presentations around the world, exploring issues such as the patentability of human genes and the use of U.S. patents as leverage foreign markets. His publications have been cited in briefs before all levels of federal courts, including the Supreme Court, and numerous federal courts have relied favorably upon his work.

Additionally, Professor Holbrook has worked to advance the rights of the LGBT community. He has written about the biological origins of sexual orientation and served in advisory positions to numerous groups advocating for the rights of persons with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBT community. He represented National Football League players on a brief before the US Supreme Court in Hollingsworth v. Perry, which ultimately restored marriage equality in California.

Professor Holbrook graduated summa cum laude and as valedictorian from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and from Yale Law School with a J.D.

Why Being a Gay Christian Isn't an Oxymoron - October 4, 2013; Talking Points Memo

Where Are the Gay Federal Appellate Judges? - October 18, 2013; Huffington Post

Forget Invisibility: Visibility Is the New Superpower - January 5, 2014; Huffington Post

Not all patent trolls are demons - February 21, 2014; CNN Opinion

Is the Supreme Court About To Rule That Software Is Ineligible For Patent Protection? - March, 16, 2014; Forbes 

A Surprising Non-Decision, Oct 9, 2014; Atlanta Journal Costitution. 

What Gay Marriage Have To Do With Gun Control. Nov 12, 2014; CNN.

Award: Outstanding Service to the Stonewall Community Award

What same-sex marriage has to do with gun control- Novemeber 12, 2014; CNN 

Are gay marriage opponents being bullied?. April 26, 2015; CNN.

       Local lawyer happy that Supreme Court will decide on gay marriage – February 13, 2015; WorldNow

       Same-sex marriage and the changing American landscape – July 1, 2015; CNN

CecilleCecile Janssens, Research Professor in Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health

Cecile Janssens, professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, is an expert in the genetic prediction of common diseases. She is particularly known for her methodological and future studies on how the predictive ability of DNA should be assessed and how predictive DNA test can become with further DNA discoveries. She has (co-)authored over 150 articles in international scientific journals and has given around 200 presentations and seminars at national and international conferences, courses and institutes. 

It is game over for 23andMe, and rightly so - November 26, 2013; The Conversation

Cecile Janssens: 'DNA tells great stories -- about the past, not future' - December 5, 2013; Wired Magazine

How FDA and 23andMe Dance Around Evidence That Is Not There - January 27, 2014; Huffington Post

Researchers Promise New Genetic Test for Alcoholism for Which They Find No Scientific Evidence - May 23, 2014; Huffington Post

Let's Clarify Authorship on Scientific Papers- August 11, 2014; Chronicle of Higher Education.

Blood Test That Allegedly Predicts Suicide Risk Only Looks Promising in the Media, Not in Science- August 19, 2014; Huffington Post. 

Newly Discovered DNA Clock Runs Too Fast--Scientific Evidence Can Hardly Keep Up- April 7, 2015; The New York Times 


Sarah Juul, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

Tené Lewis, Associate Professor in Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health

Paint the Town Red (and Black) for Heart Disease in Women -  January 28, 2014; Huffington Post

cmoreno.jpgCarlos Moreno, Associate Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine

Dr. Carlos S. Moreno, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University, specializes in Cancer Biology. He has studied, taught, and been an active researcher in the field for twenty years with over fifty peer-reviewed scientific publications, and he has served as the Scientific Director of the Cancer Genomics Facility at the Winship Cancer Institute. His research focuses on studying genes that may become new drug targets or help to improve patient care and outcomes.

How the Debt Deal Screws Over Breast Cancer Patients and Scientists - October 22, 2013; Talking Points Memo

(Some) Relief for Research Scientists in Congressional Budget Deal - January 15, 2014; Talking Points Memo

Hollywood's War on Science; January 25, 2014; Huffington Post

Why Does It Take a Crisis to Help Each Other? - February 4, 2014; Huffington Post

How Big Pharma is slowing cancer research - March 31, 2014; Reuters

Bill Nye Can't Save Science Alone - March 6, 2014; The Atlanta Journal Constitution

CDC mishaps show live flu viruses are nothing to play with- July 28, 2014; Reuters 

Using Genetics to Improve Medicine – February 6, 2015; NYTimes

Anwar Osborne, Emergency Medicine

5 myths about the ER, debunked. - April 9, 2014; CNN Health

Hospital Observation Savings- July 11, 2014; The Atlanta Journal Constitution 

Victoria Phillips, Associate Professor in Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health

What Surgery And Police Have In Common: Both Kill A Disproportionate Number of Black Men. Oc 21, 2014; Washington Post. 

Imelda Reyes, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, School of Nursing

Dr. Imelda Reyes, assistant professor of nursing at Emory School of Nursing, specializes in primary care and pediatrics.  With 15 years of nursing experience and a background in health management and policy, Imelda has a unique perspective in providing quality healthcare in an environment of ever competing resources.  Her experiences as a Latina teen mom have shaped her view of the healthcare arena and vulnerable populations.

Getting serious about sex education - March 2, 2014; Washington Post


Christine Ristaino, Senior Lecturer of Italian, Emory College

Just listening is what turns a victim into a survivor - October 21, 2013; The Guardian

8 tips for Parents of Children with ADHD - January 27, 2014; Huffington Post  

PANDAS: Our Own Personal Snowpocalypse in Atlanta - February 18, 2014; Huffington Post

Having Difficult Conversations With Your Children- July 30, 2014; Pacific Standard 

Interview- Should you talk to your kids about the child migrants coming to the US? - July 31st, 2014; Take Two 89.3KPCC

Race: An Unspeakable Subject. July 3, 2014; Atlanta Forward

When Nice Guys Behave Like Monsters. April 11, 2014; Washington Post

Changing the Conversation Around Race, Violence. Dec 7, 2009; Emory Report.   

Carla P. Roberts, Associate Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, School of Medicine; Chief of Service, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emory University Hospital - Midtown

bsalhi.jpgBisan A. Salhi, Clinical Educator, Department of Emergency Medicine; PhD Student, Department of Anthropology

Dr. Bisan Salhi, a Clinical Educator in Emergency Medicine and a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University, is an expert in emergency medicine, infectious disease, and global health. She has worked for ten years as an emergency physician in Atlanta and served as a consultant for USAID. She has ten scholarly publications and delivered over twenty lectures internationally on emergency medicine, infectious disease, and women's health.

Inequality among doctors means inequality for patients - October 25, 2013; Al Jazeera

Affirmative Action Is Still Needed in Higher Education - September 5, 2014 ; Pacific Standard

Pamela Scully, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Professor of African Studies at Emory University, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Innovation.

Pamela Scully, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Professor of African Studies at Emory University, and Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, is an expert in gender history and contemporary sexual violence and on higher education. She is particularly known for her books and articles on gender histories of the Atlantic World, and increasingly for her work on sexual violence, and transitional justice in Liberia and South Africa. She is completing a short biography of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the president of Liberia. Professor Scully is the Director of Emory’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, where she coordinates learning communities on the future of higher education, and is engaged in developing models of mentoring faculty, as well as thinking through ways to enhance digital scholarship. She is treasurer and membership secretary of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History and serves on the Nominating Committee for the American Historical Association. Professor Scully has appeared on CNN, Talk of the Nation, and other news venues.

Sexy? A High School Horror Story - November 8, 2013; Huffington Post


Why it's the relatively wealthy who spread Ebola- August 11, 2014; Reuters 

jshih.jpgJennifer Shih, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy and Immunology, Director of Transition Immunology Clinic, Assistant Director of Adult Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Clinic.

Jennifer Shih, MD is an allergist and immunologist at Emory University. She is an expert in adult and pediatric allergy and immunology because she is an assistant professor in the departments of medicine and pediatrics and has presented at multiple national meetings in her field with research interests in asthma, food allergy, transplant immunology and primary immune deficiencies.


Frank Wong, Associate Professor in Behavioral Science and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health

From Russia with love - October 8, 2013; Al Jazeera

Blind eye to scientific fraud is dangerous - February 6, 2014; CNN Opinion