Sanford Levinson is a renowned scholar of constitutional law. He is the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas, where he has taught since 1980, as well as a professor in the Department of Government at UT. Levinson is the author of many books, including Wrestling With Diversity (2003), and is co-author of a leading constitutional case book. He earned a law degree at Stanford University and a doctorate in political science at Harvard University. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001.
Michael Nettles is a Senior Vice President at the Educational Testing Service, where he also holds the Edmund W. Gordon Chair for Policy Evaluation and Research. In August 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Nettles to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He was appointed by two U.S. Secretaries of Education to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which oversees and develops policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). He is the co-author of Three Magic Letters: Getting to Ph.D. (2006). He earned a master’s degree in political science, and a doctorate in education, from Iowa State University.
Althea Nagai is a research fellow at the Center for Equal Opportunity (“CEO”), a non-profit organization that promotes “colorblind” public policies and is thus generally critical of racial preferences. Dr. Nagai earned a doctorate in political science at the University of Chicago. While at CEO, she has conducted a series of analyses of how race and ethnicity factor into admissions at flagship state universities, including the University of Virginia, University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Ohio State University. She has also conducted studies for CEO on the treatment of Asian Americans in higher education (e.g., the essay “Harvard investigates Harvard”) and on graduate admissions in law schools and medical schools.
Dr. Nagai has also written on social policy. She is the coauthor, along with Robert Lerner and Stanley Rothman, of American Elites (Yale University Press, 1996), a sociological analysis of cultural patterns among Americans in high-status fields. She also contributed to studies, conducted by the American Enterprise Institute, of history curricula in American K-12 education.
Alex Nguyen is an attorney at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, where he focuses on science, health, and biotechnology issues. Before joining Shook he served as a clerk to The Honorable Lavenski R. Smith, Chief Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Alex earned his J.D. at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville while completing clerkships with three Arkansas law firms as well as the Consumer Protection Department of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office in Little Rock. Alex served as a student attorney in the Native American law clinic, and in the criminal practice clinic where he worked with indigent clients on misdemeanor and felony matters. Alex continues this work at Shook, where he serves as pro bono trial counsel on section 1983 litigations and family law and criminal cases. He is also a Criminal Justice Attorney for the Eighth Circuit.
He speaks fluent Vietnamese, and served as a federal and state court interpreter and translator. Alex received a Ph.D. in immunology and medical science from Brown University, and was awarded the Joukowsky Family Foundation award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Biological Sciences. He then received the Irvington Institute of Immunology Postdoctoral Fellowship, and completed fellowships at Columbia Medical School, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Harvard Medical School.
Daniel B. Rodriguez is former Dean (2012-2018) and Harold Washington Professor of Law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He served as President of the American Association of Law Schools in 2014, and served as dean of the University of San Diego Law School from 1998 to 2005. He is co-author of Losing Ground: A Nation on Edge (2007), along with many other works. Rodriguez earned a law degree, with honors, at Harvard University.
Melvin I. Urofsky is Professor of Law and Public Policy, and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has long been a leading legal historian and constitutional law scholar. Among his many books is A Conflict of Rights: The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action (1991). Urofsky earned his law degree at the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in history at Columbia University. Most recently, he is the author of The Affirmative Action Puzzle: A Living History from Reconstruction to Today (2020), which was described in a review in the New York Times as a “meticulously researched, honestly crafted work . . . that . . . allows readers to draw their own conclusions about this uniquely American experiment.”