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.

James Moeser

James Moeser

Acting IAH Director, UNC Chancellor Emeritus

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

Mark Katz

Mark Katz


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

Jennifer Ho

Jennifer Ho

Associate Director

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

Tommie Watson

Tommie Watson

Director of Operations

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

Allison Burnett Smith

Allison Burnett Smith

Director of Development

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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Hannah Perez

Development Coordinator

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

Melissa CLay

Melissa Clay

Communications Specialist

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

Philip Hollingsworth

Philip Hollingsworth

Coordinator for Faculty Programs

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

Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams

Business Officer

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

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Ebony Johnson

Events Coordinator

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

William Kumpf

William Kumpf

Administrative Assistant

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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Ryan Horne

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

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Irisdaly Estevez

Student Assistant

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

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Niadiquay Everett

Student Assistant

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

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Aimee Murphy

Student Assistant

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

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Ruel Tyson

IAH Founder and Director Emeritus (Director 1987-2006)

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

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John McGowan

John McGowan, Director Emeritus (Director 2006-2014), Professor of English and Comparative Literature

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