Blog contributors

Umema-AimenUmema Aimen
Umema Aimen is a senior in Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA. She is majoring in Asian Studies with a focus on South Asia. Umema is from Pakistan.

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Carla Baranauckas is a freelance editor and writer who has worked at the New York Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, the Edwardsville (Ill.) Intelligencer, the Texarkana Gazette, the Pampa (Texas) News and the Minneapolis Tribune. Follow her on Twitter at @cabara.

Bernard thumbnailMichelle D. Bernard
Michelle D. Bernard is the president & CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy and is the author of “Moving America Toward Justice: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1963–2013″ and “Women’s Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier and More Independent Than Ever Before.” Follow her on Twitter @michellebernard.

bey thumbnailJamila Bey
Jamila Bey is a journalist based in Washington, D.C., where she hosts the weekly radio show The Sex, Politics And Religion Hour: SPAR With Jamila which airs on AM 1390 in Washington and AM 1430 in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @JBey.


Celia CussenCelia Cussen
Celia Cussen is a professor of Latin American history in Santiago, Chile. She is the author of the forthcoming book, ‘The Life and Afterlife of Martín de Porres, Afroperuvian Saint,’ and is currently researching African slavery in colonial Chile. Follow her on Twitter at @Celia_Cussen.

Mary C. Curtis
Mary C. Curtis, an award-winning multimedia journalist in Charlotte, N.C., has worked at The New York Times, Charlotte Observer and as national correspondent for Politics Daily. Follow her on Twitter: @mcurtisnc3.

ellis thumbnailJudy Howard Ellis
Judy Howard Ellis is a Dallas-based creative consultant for entrepreneurs and the author of “Fall of the Savior-King,” a fantasy novel inspired by the Book of Genesis. Previously, she was features editor at the Denver Post. Follow her on Twitter at @JudyHowardEllis.

Keli GoffKeli Goff
Keli Goff is a Special Correspondent for The Root. Follow her on twitter @keligoff  and at

annie groerAnnie Groer
Annie Groer is a former Washington Post and writer and columnist specializing in politics, culture and design. She has also written for the New York Times, Town & Country, Washingtonian and More, and is at work on a memoir. Follow her @AnnieGroer.

Lynn Joyce HunterLynn Joyce Hunter
Lynn Joyce Hunter is a therapist who works with low-income children and their families in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. She and her husband David, a classicist and historian of early Christianity, are spending the 2013-14 school year in Budapest and in Leuven, Belgium.

Kalpana_JainKalpana Jain
Kalpana Jain a researcher at the Harvard Business School and a former Nieman fellow. Her stories in The Times of India, where she wrote extensively about public health, led to policy changes and to the resignation of the minister for health.  She was also the first journalist in India to give a face to the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in her 2002 book “Positive Lives,” published by Penguin.

Natalie Jennings
Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV. Follow her on Twitter at @ngjennings.

Alyson NeelAlyson Neel
Alyson Neel recently returned to the United States after working for a newspaper in Istanbul for the last 2 1/2 years. In the fall, she plans to begin graduate studies in public affairs at Princeton University. Follow her on Twitter @AlysonNeel.

Kirsten PowersKirsten Powers
Kirsten Powers is a columnist at the Daily Beast and on USA Today’s Board of Contributors where she writes about faith, politics and human rights. She is also a political analyst at Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @KirstenPowers10.

Diana Reese
Diana Reese is a freelance journalist in Kansas City. Follow her on Twitter @dianareese.

Brigid_SchulteBrigid Schulte
Brigid Schulte is Post reporter who writes about, among other things, work-life issues and poverty, an exploration of The Good Life across race, class and gender. Her book on time pressure and modern life, Overwhelmed, Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time, will be published by Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar Straus & Giroux in March 2014. Follow her on Twitter: @BrigidSchulte.

stahl thumbnailLori Stahl
Lori Stahl covers politics and culture in Texas. Follow her on Twitter @LoriStahl.

Krissah ThompsonKrissah Thompson
Krissah Thompson began writing for The Washington Post in 2001 and now covers civil rights, race and politics. Follow her on Twitter: @Krissah30.

Karen Tumulty
Karen Tumulty covers politics for The Washington Post. Follow her on Twitter: @ktumulty.

peg-tyrePeg Tyre
Peg Tyre is the author of The Good School and The Trouble With Boys. Her story “The Writing Revolution,” published in the Atlantic, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in 2013. Follow her on Twitter at @pegtyre.

dine-watsonBernardine Watson
Bernardine (Dine) Watson is a social policy researcher and writer living in Washington DC. Follow her on Twitter at @dinewatson.

Joann WeinerJoann Weiner
Joann Weiner teaches economics at George Washington University. She has written for Bloomberg, Politics Daily and Tax Analysts and worked as an economist at the U.S. Treasury Department. Follow her on Twitter @DCEcon.

Sheila WellerSheila Weller
Sheila Weller is an award-winning magazine journalist and the author of six books, including 2008′s New York Times bestseller, Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon — And the Journey of a Generation. She is currently working on The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour — and the Triumph of Women in TV News.