Naomi Klein, Gloria Steinem Chair for Media, Culture and Feminist Studies
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and international bestsellers, No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (2017), This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000).
Klein is the Senior Correspondent for The Intercept. She is also a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow of the Type Media Center and contributor to the Nation Magazine. Recent articles have also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, the London Review of Books, Harper’s Bazaar, and Le Monde. In September 2018, she was named the inaugural Gloria Steinem Chair for Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ).
Daniel Aldana Cohen, University of Pennsylvania
Daniel Aldana Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative, or (SC)². Aldana Cohen is also a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey (2018-19).
Daniel works on the politics of climate change, investigating the intersections of climate change, political economy, inequalities of race and social class, and political projects of elites and social movements in global cities of the North and South. He's working on a book about housing, inequality, and climate politics in New York and São Paulo, tentatively titled Street Fight: Climate Change and Inequality in the 21st Century City.
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Ocean Collectiv
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, conservation strategist, and Brooklyn native. She is founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, a strategy consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice. Her new venture is Ocean Policy Lab, a think tank focused on coastal cities. She also holds appointments as an adjunct professor at New York University, as a science scholar at Pioneer Works, and mentors next generation ocean leaders.
Ayana earned a B.A. from Harvard University in Environmental Science and Public Policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology, with a dissertation on the ecology, socio-economics, and policy of sustainably managing coral reefs. For her research, she was awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Switzer Foundation, and American Association of University Women. The fish trap she invented to reduce bycatch won the first Rare/National Geographic Solution Search. She has been a resident at TED, a scholar at the Aspen Institute, and named to the Grist 50 and UCSD 40 Under 40 Alumni.
Neil Maher, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Neil Maher received his Ph.D. in history from New York University in 2001, and is currently a professor in the Federated History Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, Newark, where he teaches environmental history and political history. Professor Maher has received numerous fellowships, awards, and grants from institutions such as Harvard University, the Organization of American Historians, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
In 2009 Neil M. Maher´s book, Nature´s New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement (Oxford 2008), received the Charles A. Weyerhauser Award for the best monograph in conservation history.
J. Marshall Shepherd, University of Georgia
J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert on weather and climate and is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia. Dr. Shepherd was the 2013 President of American Meteorological Society (AMS), the nation’s largest and oldest professional/science society in the atmospheric and related sciences. Dr. Shepherd serves as Director of the University of Georgia’s Atmospheric Sciences Program. Prior to academia, he spent 12 years at NASA and was Deputy Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement satellite mission.
Dr. Shepherd is the host of The Weather Channel’s Award-Winning Sunday talk show Weather Geeks and a contributor to Forbes Magazine. His research primarily centers around hydrometeorological extremes, urban climate, and the intersection of weather and society. He has received numerous awards and has been honored at the White House. Dr. Shepherd is frequently sought as an expert on weather and climate by Congress, NASA, the White House, and major media outlets such as CBS Face The Nation, NOVA, The Today Show, CNN, Fox News, and The Weather Channel. His TedX Atlanta Talk on “Slaying Climate Zombies” is one of the most viewed climate lectures on YouTube. Dr. Shepherd received his B.S., M.S. and PhD in physical meteorology from Florida State University.