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Demos Announces Recipients of Ed Baker Fellowship in Democratic Values



July 6, 2011


Anna Pycior, [email protected], (212) 389-1408

Policy Organization Demos Announces Recipients of Ed Baker Fellowship in Democratic Values

NEW YORK – Today, the public policy organization Demos announced the addition of two C. Edwin Baker Fellows in Democratic Values, Rakim H.D. Brooksand Miryam Hazán

Based in Demos' New York offices, Ed Baker Fellows will give voice to strong democratic values within a wide range of policy issues, including voting rights, citizen engagement, immigration policy and civic inclusion, campaign finance, and media reform, among others. They will also be regular contributors to Demos' newly launched blog,

These fellowships are the result of a gift from the estate of renowned media scholar C. Edwin Baker.

Rakim H. D. Brooks is a well-respected researcher, whose writing focuses on poverty and social policy, U. S. politics and political ideologies, and America's Progressive heritage of social justice. 

Brooks received his B.A.. from Brown University where he worked with prestigious national think tanks and policy groups, including the Brookings Institution, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Drum Major Institute. Among other honors, he was named a John Kenneth Galbraith Scholar at Harvard University in the summer of 2008, and in 2009 he was named a Rhodes Scholar. He received his M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University in 2011.

Miryam Hazán was previously a Policy Analyst at MPI, where she researched issues related to US-Mexican-Central American migration policies. Dr. Hazán has worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and at Rutgers University, and as a research assistant for the Public Policy Clinic at the University of Texas Austin and the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, where she researched the political incorporation of Mexican immigrants in the United States.

She received her PhD in government from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She earned an MA in Latin American studies from Georgetown University with a specialization in international relations, and has a BA in journalism and mass communications from the National Autonomous University in Mexico City. Dr. Hazán's dissertation work is now a book manuscript entitled "Mexican Immigrant Politics in America," under contract with Cambridge University Press. Before coming to the United States, she worked as a journalist in Mexico City, including six years at El Financiero.

"Rakim H. D. Brooks and Miryam Hazán are champions of social justice," said Demos President Miles Rapoport. "They are scholars of the highest level and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and a shared passion for speaking for those most in need of a voice. The addition of these two scholars is a major addition to Demos' mission and a testament to the generosity of the estate of C. Edwin Baker."