The Institute's leadership, staff, faculty, and advisory boards are dedicated to the IAH mission to support and develop Carolina faculty. Below is a listing of these teams as well as our current Faculty Fellows and Academic Leadership Program Fellows.


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Samuel Amago

Professor, Romance Studies; Spring 2017 Faculty Fellow

samago@email.unc.edu


Bill Balthrop

Bill Balthrop

Director, Chairs Leadership Program
919-962-4982
vwb@email.unc.edu

Professor of Rhetorical Studies in the Department of Communication Bill Balthrop joined the IAH team as Chairs Leadership Program Director at the genesis of the initiative in 2008. “The departmental c … Continued


Michele Berger

Michele Berger

Director, Faculty Fellows Program
919-962-3908
mtberger@email.unc.edu

Michele Tracy Berger is Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. She holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of City and Regional Planning.  She was awarded a Gradua … Continued


Jane Brown

Jane Brown

Retired Faculty Program Co-Facilitator

jane_brown@unc.edu

Jane Brown is Professor Emerita in the School of Media and Journalism, former Chair of the Faculty, a Faculty Fellow and part of the inaugural Academic Leadership Program cohort and also Academic Lead … Continued


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James Keith Brown

Advisory Board Member

James Keith (“JK”) Brown is Head of Global Investor Relations for Och-Ziff and is a member of Och-Ziff’s Partner Management Committee. Prior to joining Och-Ziff in 2003, Mr. Brown spent more than four … Continued


Allison Burnett Smith

Allison Burnett Smith

Director of Development
919-962-2528
allison.smith@unc.edu

Allison Burnett Smith is director of development for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. In this role, she oversees major gifts, planned gifts and annual fund gifts for the IAH and enjoys conne … Continued


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Max C. Chapman, Jr.

Finance Committee, Advisory Board


Melissa CLay

Melissa Clay

Communications Specialist
919-843-2654
meclay@email.unc.edu

Melissa Clay joins the Institute for the Arts and Humanities after working as a reporter, copy editor, designer, manager in journalism. Most recently she worked as Deputy Digital Editor at the Chicago … Continued


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Sanford A. Cockrell III

Finance Committee, Advisory Board


Mark Crescenzi

Mark Crescenzi

Professor, Political Science
919-962-0401
crescenzi@unc.edu

Mark Crescenzi is a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Californ … Continued


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Gary Cuddeback

Associate Professor, School of Social Work
919-962-4363
gcuddeba@email.unc.edu


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Rebecca W. Darwin

Communications Committee, Advisory Board

Rebecca Darwin is co-founder & CEO of the media company that owns Garden & Gun Magazine. Darwin launched Garden & Gun in 2007, following a successful career in publishing in New York. She … Continued


John Ellison, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

John Gray Blount Ellison, Jr.

Finance Committee, Advisory Board

John Ellison is president and chief executive officer of the Ellison Company, Inc. He received a B.A. in History in 1969 and an M.B.A. in 1972, both degrees from the University of North Carolina at Ch … Continued


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Irisdaly Estevez

Student Assistant
919-962-0249
iestevez@live.unc.edu

Irisdaly Estevez joined the team at the Institute of Arts and Humanities  in August 2013. Currently a Junior, she is on track for graduating in May of 2017 with a double major in Biology and Global St … Continued


Oswaldo Estrada

Oswaldo Estrada

Associate Professor, Spanish

oestrada@email.unc.edu

Oswaldo Estrada’s research focuses on gender formation and transgression, historical memory, and the construction of dissident identities in contemporary Mexico and Peru. Relying on postmodern theorie … Continued


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Niadiquay Everett

Student Assistant
919-962-0249
niaeve@live.unc.edu

Niadiquay Everette became an employee of the Institute for Arts and Humanities August, 2015. Currently a Freshman, she is on the pre-med track, majoring in women’s and genders studies.  Niadiquay is s … Continued


Brian Fenty

Brian Fenty

Communications Chair, Advisory Board

Brian Fenty is the founder and executive chairman of TodayTix. Prior to co-founding TodayTix, he was a managing director at Hamilton Investment Partners. In 2008, Fenty received a B.A. in Journalism a … Continued


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Duvall S. Fuqua

Nominating Committee, Advisory Board

Duvall Fuqua is a trustee of The J.B. Fuqua Foundation, Inc. She holds a 1983 B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fuqua currently serves on the Carolina Women’s Lea … Continued


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Deborah Gerhardt

Associate Professor, Law School; Spring 2017 Faculty Fellow
919-962-7219
dgerhardt@unc.edu


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Suzanne Gulledge

Director, Academic Leadership Program
919-962-7879
sgulledg@email.unc.edu

“Leadership is defined by a particular kind of service,” says Suzanne Gulledge, clinical professor of Teacher Education, Curriculum and Instruction, International and Experiential Education and former … Continued


Robert Hackney, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Robert H. Hackney Jr.

Finance Committee, Advisory Board

Robert Hackney is a senior managing director of First Eagle Investment Management. Prior to joining First Eagle, he was a research analyst and portfolio manager for several investment firms, including … Continued


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Heidi Hennink-Kaminski

Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, School of Media and Journalism
919-962-2555
h2kamins@email.unc.edu


Jennifer Ho

Jennifer Ho

Associate Director
919-962-8478
jho@email.unc.edu

Jennifer Ho has participated as a Faculty Fellow (2008, 2012) and Academic Leadership Program Fellow (2016). She first came to UNC Chapel Hill as a postdoctoral fellow for faculty diversity (2003-2005 … Continued


Philip Hollingsworth

Philip Hollingsworth

Coordinator for Faculty Programs
919-843-5464
pholling@email.unc.edu

Philip Hollingsworth joined the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in 2015 as Coordinator for Faculty Programs. In this role, he coordinates and supports all faculty programs offered through the In … Continued


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Ryan Horne

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

rmhorne@email.unc.edu

Ryan Horne began his role as Post-Doctoral researcher in 2015. In this role he assists faculty research into the digital humanities, including project development and support. Before joining the IAH R … Continued


Barbara Hyde, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Barbara R. Hyde

Development Committee, Advisory Board

Barbara Hyde is Chair of the J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation. Previously, she served as the executive director of the Arts & Sciences Foundation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … Continued


Allen Ives

G. Allen Ives III

Finance Committee, Advisory Board

Allen Ives is chairman of Turnpike Properties. Prior to that he was an executive with Centura Bank. He received his B.A. in History in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previo … Continued


Jeffrey Johnson

Jeffrey Johnson

Chair, Professor, Chemistry Department
919-843-4936
jsj@unc.edu

Jeffrey Johnson received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1994, graduating with Highest Distinction and Honors in Chemistry. He was an NSF Graduate Fellow in the laboratory … Continued


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Ebony Johnson

Events Coordinator
919-962-0918
erj@email.unc.edu

Ebony R. Johnson currently serves as the Event Coordinator for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. For more than 10 years, she has been responsible for pre-event planning, on-site execution, an … Continued


Mark Katz

Mark Katz

Director
919-962-6831
mkatz@email.unc.edu

Music scholar Mark Katz began his five-year term as director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in July 2014. Katz has participated in the IAH’s Faculty Fellows, Chairs Leadership, and Acade … Continued


Michael Kennedy, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Michael D. Kennedy

Nominating Committee, Advisory Board

Michael Kennedy is a senior client partner with Korn/Ferry International.  Prior to joining Korn/Ferry, Mr. Kennedy owned a venture capital consulting firm where he advised a Southeast-based private e … Continued


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Rob Kramer

Senior Leadership Consultant

rob_kramer@unc.edu

Since 1998, Rob Kramer has provided executive coaching, consulting and business training for a variety of sectors, with significant experience in healthcare and teaching hospitals. He served as the di … Continued


William Kumpf

William Kumpf

Administrative Assistant
919-962-0249
wckumpf@email.unc.edu

William Kumpf is the chief point of contact for all visitors to Hyde Hall, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Institute. William works to increase the efficiency of the entire off … Continued


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Margaret Lee

Associate Professor, African, African American and Diaspora Studies

leemc@email.unc.edu

Margaret Lee’s research interests include the political economy of southern Africa, regional integration, Africa in the global system. She received her B.A. in  Political Science from Spelman College … Continued


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Jocelyn Lim Chua

Assistant Professor, Anthropology; Faculty Advisory Board
919-962-1564
jlchua@email.unc.edu

Jocelyn Lim Chua’s research examines how globalizing psychiatry endeavors to systematically reshape human capacities for living. She is interested in how psychiatry’s relational forms of knowledge and … Continued


Cara McComish Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Cara McComish

Assistant Professor, Allied Health Sciences, UNC School of Medicine; Spring 2017 Chapman Fellow
919-966-8153
mccomish@med.unc.edu


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Lane Morris McDonald

Communications Committee, Advisory Board

Lane McDonald is the global head of the financials, education & business services vertical for the industry value creation team at Partners Group, a global private markets investor with over $57b … Continued


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John McGowan

John McGowan, Director Emeritus (Director 2006-2014), Professor of English and Comparative Literature
919-962-4022
jpm@email.unc.edu

John McGowan served for eight years as the Director of UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. His work sits at the intersection of philosophy, political theory, and literary studies.  He is inte … Continued


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Misha Becker

Associate Professor, Linguistics; Faculty Advisory Board

Misha Becker is an Associate Professor in the Linguistics department at Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from UCLA in 2000 and then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for R … Continued


James Moeser

James Moeser

Acting IAH Director, UNC Chancellor Emeritus
919-843-2658
james_moeser@unc.edu

James Moeser is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor of Music, and Senior Consultant for Special Initiatives at the UNC Institute for Arts and Humanities. … Continued


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Lucrecia Moore

Advisory Board Member

Lucrecia Moore is a senior vice president, associate general counsel, and assistant corporate secretary for Bank of America Merchant Services LLC. Previously, she was vice president and assistant gene … Continued


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Aimee Murphy

Student Assistant
919-962-0249
aqmurphy@live.unc.edu

Aimee Murphy joined the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in September 2016. Currently a junior, Aimee will graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill in December 2017 with a double major in Political Science … Continued


Alan Neely Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Alan Sanders Neely, Sr.

Nominating Committee, Advisory Board

Alan Neely is a retired Senior Client Partner from Korn/Ferry International where he managed the Atlanta Office, the Southeast, and co-managed the Worldwide Technology Practice. Previously, he was vic … Continued


Mai Nguyen

Mai Nguyen

Director, New Faculty Program
919-962-4762
nguyen@unc.edu

City and Regional Planning Associate Professor Mai Thi Nguyen helps faculty integrate into the academic life at UNC and to become aware of the many professional and social opportunities at UNC and in … Continued


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Will Overlock

Advisory Board Member

Will Overlock is a Vice President with SL Green Realty Corp.  As a real estate professional with over ten years’ experience he has held other positions in the industry most recently at Cushman & W … Continued


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Hannah Perez

Development Coordinator
919-962-6830
hannah.perez@unc.edu

Hannah Perez joined the Institute for the Arts and Humanities as the development coordinator in September 2016. Hannah primarily supports Allison Burnett Smith in gift processing, event management, an … Continued


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Roger Perry

Development Committee, Advisory Board

Roger Perry is chairman of East West Partners Club Management. He is also President of East West Partners Management Company, Inc. Previously, he was a senior vice president of sale and marketing for … Continued


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Karen Pfennig

Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Biology Department
919-843-5590
kpfennig@email.unc.edu


Dave Pier Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Dave Pier

Associate Professor, Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies; Spring 2017 Faculty Fellow

dpier@email.unc.edu


Morgan Pitelka, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Morgan Pitelka

Professor, Asian Studies; Spring 2017 Faculty Fellow
919-843-0130
mpitelka@unc.edu


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Jane Preyer

Communications Committee, Advisory Board

Jane Preyer is the recently retired director of the southeast office of Environmental Defense Fund where she had been since 1993. Previously, she served as women’s tennis coach at Duke University, whe … Continued


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Pat Pukkila

Retired Faculty Program Co-Facilitator

pukkila@unc.edu

Pat Pukkila is Professor Emerita in the Biology Department and founding director of the Office for Undergraduate Research.


Geoff Sayre-McCord

Geoff Sayre-McCord

Associate Professor Program Director
919-627-1403
sayre-mccord@unc.edu

The Associate Professor Program, led by IAH Fellow and philosophy scholar Geoff Sayre-McCord, seeks to provide newly tenured and promoted associate professors with mentoring and support at this key mi … Continued


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Nelson Schwab III

Vice Chair, Advisory Board

Nelson Schwab is co-founder and senior advisor with Carousel Capital. Previously, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Paramount Parks, chairman and chief executive officer of Kings En … Continued


Daniel Sherman, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Daniel Sherman

Professor of Art and History, Spring 2017 Faculty Fellow

dsherman@email.unc.edu


Tanya Shields Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Tanya Shields

Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor, Women's & Gender Studies Department
919-962-3908
tshields@email.unc.edu


Kumarini Silva

Kumarini Silva

Assistant Professor, Communication

kumi@email.unc.edu

Dr. Silva’s research is at the intersections of feminism, identity and Identification, post-colonial studies, and popular culture. She is the author of Brown Threat: Identification in the Security Sta … Continued


Betsy Sleath Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Betsy Sleath

Professor and chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy; Director, Child and Adolescent Health Program at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research; Co-director of the Community Academic Resources for Engaged Scholarship core of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute; Adjunct Professor, Gillings School of Public Health
919-962-0079
betsy_sleath@unc.edu


Conghe Song Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Conghe Song

Professor and Associate Chair Director, Graduate Certificate Program of GISc, Department of Geography
919-843-4764
csong@email.unc.edu


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John Staton

Development Committee, Advisory Board

John Staton is the President of Concepts Sport the leading sports licensed loungewear company in the country. Mr. Staton earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continued


Beverly Taylor, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Beverly Taylor

Spring 2017 Faculty Fellow
919-962-5481
btaylor@email.unc.edu


Meenu Tewari, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Meenu Tewari

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of City and Regional Planning; Spring 2017 Faculty Fellow
919-962-4758
mtewari@unc.edu


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John Townsend III

Finance Committee, Advisory Board

John Townsend served as a senior advisor with Tiger Management Corp until his retirement in November of 2015. Mr. Townsend joined Tiger Management in July 2010 and served as its Chief Operating Office … Continued


Gabriel Trop, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Gabriel Trop

Associate Professor, Department of Germanic and Slavic Literatures; Spring 2017 Faculty Fellow

gtrop@email.unc.edu


Lien Truong, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Lien Truong

Assistant Professor, Art and Art History Department; Spring 2017 Faculty Fellow
919-962-2015
lien.truong@unc.edu


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Ruel Tyson

IAH Founder and Director Emeritus (Director 1987-2006)
919-962-3935
tyson@email.unc.edu

Ruel Willoughby Tyson Jr. founded the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and guided its development as director for 20 years, until 2006. Tyson was born in Winterville Township in Pitt County, N.C. … Continued


Tommie Watson

Tommie Watson

Director of Operations
919-843-2657
tommie@email.unc.edu

Tommie Watson is the Director of Operations for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. He provides leadership and strategy for the Institute while managing the day-to-day operations. Tommie suppor … Continued


Amy Weil

Amy Weil

Co-Director, Beacon Child and Family Program, Advisor, Larry J. Keith Advising Colleges, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine
919-966-2276


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Brett Whalen

Assistant Professor, History
919-962-2383
bwhalen@email.unc.edu

Brett Whalen works on Christian intellectual and cultural history from Late Antiquity to the High Middle Ages. Among other topics, he teaches courses on the crusades, apocalyptic thought, and the Roma … Continued


John White

John F. White III

Nominating Committee, Advisory Board

John White is the president of JFW Properties, based in Raleigh, N.C. He obtained his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chapel Hill in 1989.


John Wickham

John Wickham

Communications Committee, Advisory Board


Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams

Business Officer
919-843-5108
rcwilliams@unc.edu

Rebecca Williams manages the budget of the programs and initiatives sponsored by the IAH.  Prior to joining the Institute, Rebecca worked as a coordinator for some of UNC’s China-based international s … Continued


Caroline Williamson, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Caroline Williamson

Chair, Advisory Board

Caroline Williamson is the President, Treasurer, and a Director of the B. Robert Williamson, Jr. Foundation. Williamson created the B. Robert Williamson Jr. Foundation in 2012 in memory of her late hu … Continued


Molly Worthen, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Molly Worthen

Assistant Professor, History Department; Spring 2017 Faculty Fellow

mworthen@unc.edu