Ann S. Masten

Ann Masten, Ph.D., is a Regents Professor, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development and Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the Institute of Child Development in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Masten studies competence, risk, and resilience in development, with a focus on the processes leading to positive …

Natalie Avalos

Natalie Avalos is as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Religious Studies and Women and Gender Studies Departments at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Avalos is an ethnographer of religion whose work in comparative Indigeneities explores urban Indian and Tibetan refugee religious life, healing historical trauma, …

Kritee Kanko

Kritee (dharma name Kanko) is a climate scientist, Zen priest, Educator & founding spiritual teacher of Boundless in Motion. She is an ordained teacher in the Rinzai Zen lineage of Cold Mountain, a co-founder of Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center and faculty for many organizations for courses at the intersection of Ecology and spirituality. She has served as …

Carolyn Parkinson

Carolyn studies how the human brain tracks and encodes information about its social environment and how this information shapes our thoughts and behavior. She received her B.Sc. from McGill University and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Dartmouth College before becoming an Assistant Professor at UCLA in 2016, where she is the Bernice Wenzel and …

Allison Holt

Allison Leigh Holt is a neurodivergent artist using techniques of expanded cinema and the Light and Space Movement to model divergent epistemologies. A garage-academic and Fulbright scholar (Indonesia, 2009-10), she has earned numerous awards, exhibited, lectured, and been a resident artist/researcher internationally. Her film, Stitching the Future with Clues, was commissioned by The Ford Foundation …

Quinn Conklin

Quinn Conklin (she/her) is a Post-doctoral Scholar at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain where she leads the Contemplative Coping During Covid-19 project. Quinn has been a member of the Saron lab since 2013, where completed her dissertation investigating the effects of a month-long, silent, residential, Insight Meditation retreat on biomarkers of stress, …

sujatha baliga

sujatha baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to people who’ve experienced and caused harm and violence. A former victim advocate and public defender, sujatha is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences about her decades of restorative justice work. She also speaks publicly and inside prisons about her own experiences as a …

Sulaiman Khatib

Sulaiman Khatib was born in Hizmeh, a town just outside Jerusalem. He lives in Ramallah. He is a Board Member of Middle East Dreamers, and is former co-founder and former Co- Director of Combatants for Peace (CfP). CfP is a non-profit Israeli and Palestinian peace building organisation located in Bethlehm and Tel Aviv. Its founders …

Yuria Celidwen

I am of Indigenous Nahua and Maya descent of the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. My work intersects Indigenous studies, cultural psychology, and contemplative studies. I investigate the embodied experience of self-transcendence in Indigenous contemplative traditions and the way it enhances prosocial behavior (ethics, compassion, kindness, awe, sacredness, and love). My thesis on the “ethics of …

Ed Maibach

Edward Maibach is a Mason Distinguished University Professor and Director of the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. His research and practice focus on enhancing public and policymaker engagement in climate change by activating trusted groups of professionals—including health professionals, TV weathercasters and other journalists—and climate educators. Ed previously served as the Associate Director of the …