Claire Smrekar is an associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University. Her research includes studying the effects of private school markets and demographic trends on school voucher plans.
Paul C.H. Lim is an associate professor of the history of Christianity at Vanderbilt Divinity School. In April 2021, Lim spoke on a Vanderbilt Divinity School panel about the histories of racialized and gendered violence.
Laura Mariko Cheifetz is the assistant dean of admissions, vocation and stewardship at Vanderbilt Divinity School and a contributing editor to Inheritance, a magazine that focuses on stories of Asian American and Pacific Islander Christian faith. She also is an ordained Presbyterian minister.
Dave Worland is the executive director of the Tennessee Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. The office helped launch a help line to serve lonely adults in the state. Contact Eli L. Berry with media inquiries.
Stacy Rector is the executive director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. She also is an ordained Presbyterian minister.
Brian T. Fitzpatrick is a law professor at Vanderbilt University and a former law clerk to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Rev. John Faison Sr. is the senior pastor of Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. James Hildreth is the president and CEO of Meharry Medical College. He is an infectious disease expert. Contact Patrick Johnson for interviews.
Mariano Sana is an associate professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University. He also works with the university’s Latin American Public Opinion Project and recently published an article about favorable public opinion toward refugees being on the rise.