Though student-run, the Forum is supported by a committee of distinguished professors, who advise the president and executive committee on long-term matters. Advisors may from time to time suggest guests or future events, review committee work, and assist with the procurement of guest speakers. However, event moderating and committee work are strictly carried out by the student members of the Berkeley Forum.
Erwin Chemerinsky is the Dean of the Berkeley Law and the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law. He was previously the Dean at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and taught at Duke University as well as other institutions across the United States. Named as the “Most Influential Law Professor in America” by the National Jurist, he has written eleven books, including prominent casebooks and treatises about constitutional law, criminal procedure and federal jurisdiction. In addition, he regularly argues appellate case, including in the United States Supreme Court.
Khuyen V. Nguyen is the Associate Director of the University of California, Berkeley’s Student Learning Center. Working in the Economics, Writing and International Student Programs, she is a firm advocate for innovative pedagogy, the international student body and student learning. Nguyen serves as the Undergraduate Education Representative on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Student Services and Fees.
Ula Taylor is the Department Chair of African American & African Diaspora Studies Department. Her research focuses on African American Women’s History and feminist theory. In 2013, she received the Distinguished Professor Teaching Award for the University of California, Berkeley, being the second African American woman in the history of the institution to receive this award.
Michael Watts is a professor emeritus of geography at the University of California, Berkeley. His research specializes in the political economy of development, particularly in the energy and agro-food sectors in Africa. He has provided expert testimony in major legal cases concerning human and environmental rights in Nigeria and spoken to the US Congress and other policy groups in Washington DC. Watts has served as Chair of the Trustees of the Social Science Research Council since 2007 and was the Director of the Institute of International Studies from 1994 through 2004.