People

Dr. Jenifer L. Bratter is a Professor of Sociology at Rice University and the founding director of BRIDGE (Building Research on Inequality to Grow Equity). Her current research explores the growing complexity of race and ethnicity in the 21st century and its bearing on the formation of families, identity, and social inequality. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles and co-edited Un Making Race and Ethnicity (with Michael Emerson and Sergio Chavez).  Through the Kinder Institute, Dr. Bratter has organized several events including “Having the Talk: Teaching Race in the Undergraduate Classroom” and “Measuring the Multiple Dimensions of Race”.  She was awarded the 2009 Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for Career Enhancement to study patterns of residential patterns of mixed-race families.


Dr. Eden King is an Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Rice University. Dr. King is pursuing a program of research that seeks to understand and reduce inequality in the workplace. This research has yielded over 100 scholarly products and has been featured in outlets such as the New York Times, Good Morning America, and Harvard Business Review. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. King has partnered with organizations to improve diversity climate, increase fairness in selection systems, and to design and implement diversity training programs.


Dr. Rudy Guerra is a Professor of Statistics at Rice University. His work focuses largely on biological problems with an emphasis on biomedical research. Longtime collaboration with investigators from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have centered on statistical genetics whereby statistical methods are developed to analyze genetic data, especially with a view toward genotype-phenotype relationships. Such efforts include study design for genetic epidemiologic studies, linkage and association, and statistical models to account for both genetic and environmental factors influencing heritable traits. Dr. Guerra also has a strong interest in under-represented minority recruitment and retention in the STEM fields. He is the co-founder of the Empowering Leadership Alliance (ELA), an organization aimed at supporting under-represented minorities succeed and graduate from Rice.


Dr. Scott Colman is an architectural historian, theorist, critic, and designer. His professional experience ranges from a bureau of government architects to an office undertaking pro bono work for indigenous clients. He researches modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism, in particular the relationship of social and environmental agency to the rise and decline of the welfare state. He is currently completing a book on the socialist architect and planner Ludwig Hilberseimer.


Dr. Alexandra Kieffer is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at Rice University. She is the author of Debussy’s Critics: Sound, Affect, and the Experience of Modernism, which explores ideas about sensation, listening, and emotion in early twentieth-century Debussy reception in the context of emerging scientific discourse on psychology and the senses. As a historian of music, Dr. Alexandra Kieffer became especially interested in the historical legacies of inequality and cultural difference in human life and society. This is a topic that has motivated some of her scholarly work, such as the impact of colonialism on French thought through the twentieth century. She has become especially interested in the complex ways in which current patterns of inequality have their roots in the history of Houston as a city.


Dr. Alexander Byrd is a historian of Afro-America, and Associate Professor of History at Rice University. He began his career as a student of free and forced transatlantic black migration in the era of the American Revolution, and his book Captives and Voyagers was awarded the 2009 Wesley-Logan prize in African diaspora history. Dr. Byrd’s current research is focused at the intersection of urban history and the history of education. He recently presented aspects of this work-in-progress (on the efficacy of black teachers in black schools, and on diversity as a kind of white privilege) as the 54th Annual Furniss Lectures at Colorado State University. He is currently shepherding a collection of essays on the historical significance of race and place in Houston, Texas.