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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.


Jay Aikat

Jay Aikat

Vice Dean, School of Data Science and Society Research Professor, Computer Science Department


Renée Alexander Craft

Renée Alexander Craft

Steering Committee Chair, Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Group

renee.alexander.craft@unc.edu

Renée Alexander Craft is a professor and director of outreach and community engagement in the communication department.


Barbara Ambros

Barbara Ambros

Professor, Religious Studies

Taylor Fellow


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Jan Bardsley

Co-facilitator, Retired Faculty Program
(919) 962-4294
bardsley@email.unc.edu

Jan Bardsley is Professor Emerita of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Jessica Boon

Jessica Boon

Associate Professor, Religious Studies

Borden Fellow


Lydia Boyd

Lydia Boyd

Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

Hyde Fellow


Brandi Brimmer

Brandi Brimmer

Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

Johnson Fellow


Inger Brodey

Inger S. B. Brodey

Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature

Townsend Fellow


JK Brown

James Keith Brown, BA ’84.



JK is the Senior Managing Director at Coatue Management, LLC.


Chad Bryant

Chad Bryant



Chad Bryant, Ph.D., is an associate prof … Read more


Mara Buchbinder

Mara Buchbinder

Professor, Social Medicine Department, School of Medicine


Lee Burrows

Lee Burrows, ABJM ’82

Nominating Committee

Lee is the Vice Chairman of Investment Banking for Performance Trust Capital Partners and Chairman of the Board and co-founder of UB Bancorp.


Samba Camara

Samba Camara

Teaching Assistant Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

Pardue Fellow


Max Chapman

Tom Chapman, BA ’92

Chair, Finance Committee

Tom is a Principal at Teewinot Partners.


Philip Charles-Pierre

Philip Robin Charles-Pierre, BA ’95

Communications Committee

Philip is the CEO and co-founder of Semsee. 


Kristen Chavez

Kristen Chavez

Communications Specialist
919-962-7161
kmchavez@email.unc.edu

Kristen manages the internal and external communications for the Institute. Her duties include overseeing the website, monthly newsletter and promoting public events.


Danielle Christmas

Faculty Fellowship Selection Committee

dchristmas@unc.edu

Danielle Christmas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, endowed as the Delta Delta Delta Fellow in the Humanities.


Phillip Clay

Phillip L. Clay, BA ’68

Nominating Committee

Phil is Chancellor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Brent Comstock

Brent Michael Comstock, BSBA ’17

Communications Committee

Brent is the founder and CEO of BCom Solutions, a nationally recognized digital advertising agency focused on impact-driven campaigns, causes and corporate clients.


Ryan Connick

Ryan Connick

Office and Front Desk Student Assistant
919-926-0249


Mauri Connors

Mauri Connors

Development Coordinator
919-962-6830
connorsm@unc.edu

Mauri Connors provides development related administrative support to the Institute. Her responsibilities include donor and board communications, solicitation crafting and planning, gift processing, and serving as a key liaison between the Institute and the Arts and Sciences Foundation.


Laney Crawley

Laney Crawley

Communications Student Assistant

delcrawl@unc.edu

Laney is the Communications Assistant of … Read more


Mark Crescenzi

Mark Crescenzi

Leadership Selection Committee

crescenzi@unc.edu

Mark Crescenzi is a professor of political science.


Sarah Dempsey

Sarah Dempsey

Associate Professor, Communication

Turner Fellow


Ray Dooley

Ray Dooley

Co-facilitator, Retired Faculty Program

rdooley@email.unc.edu

Ray Dooley is professor emeritus of acting in the dramatic art department and was member of the PlayMakers Repertory Company for over 30 years.


Kathleen DuVal

Kathleen DuVal

Faculty Fellowship Selection Committee

duval@unc.edu

Kathleen DuVal’s research focuses on early America, particularly how various Native American, European, and African women and men interacted from the sixteenth through early nineteenth centuries.


Catherine Edwards

Catherine T. Edwards, BA ’92

Nominating Committee

Catherine is a member of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.


Oswaldo Estrada

Oswaldo Estrada

Director, Faculty Fellowship Program
(919) 962-2062
oestrada@email.unc.edu

Oswaldo Estrada is a Peruvian-American writer, literary critic, and professor of Latin American Literature and Culture in the Department of Romance Studies.


Michael Figueroa

Michael Figueroa

Associate Professor, Music Department


Mary Flanagan

Mary Fieger Flanagan, BA ’67

Communications Committee

Mary was the initial Director of Development for the IAH, serving in that role from 1995 through 2012.  


Megan Flowers

Megan Flowers

Office and Front Desk Student Assistant
919-926-0249

Megan is an Office and Front Desk Studen … Read more


Tanya Garcia

Tanya Garcia

Associate Professor, Biostatistics Department, Gillings School of Public Health


Buck Goldstein

Buck Goldstein, BA ’70, JD ’76

Lifetime Member

Buck was the founding Chair of the IAH. He is the University Entrepreneur in Residence and a Professor of the Practice in the School of Education at UNC.


Xiomara Gomez Rodriguez

Xiomara Gomez Rodriguez

Office and Front Desk Student Assistant
919-926-0249

Xiomara Gomez Rodriguez is one of the Of … Read more


Shannon Malone Gonzalez

Shannon Gonzalez

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Legacy Fellow – Race, Memory, and Reckoning Initiative


Taliyah Graham

Taliyah Graham

Office and Front Desk Student Assistant
919-926-0249

Taliyah is an Office and Front Desk Stud … Read more


Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature

Ellison Fellow


Julia S. Grumbles, BA ’75

Development Committee

Julia is a member of the Campaign for Carolina Steering Committee, co-chair of the Campaign for Carolina Women’s Campaign Cabinet and member of the UNC-CH Foundation Board. 


Harold P. Hope III

Harold P. Hope III, BA ’94

Finance Committee

Harold is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs.


Brian Hsu

Brian Hsu

Assistant Professor, Linguistics

Burress Fellow


Barbara Hyde, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Barbara Hyde, BA ’83

Lifetime Member

Barbara is Chair and CEO of the Hyde Family Foundation.


Youssef Carter

Youssef Jaison Carter

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

McGowan Fellow


Tania Jenkins

Tania Jenkins

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Dubose Fellow


William Keyes

William A. Keyes IV, ’75, PhD ’18

Nominating Committee

Bill is President of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship.


Neil King

Neil V. King III, BA ’05

Finance Committee

Neil is a Vice Chairman in CBRE’s Advisory and Transaction Services Group in New York, NY.


Rob Kramer

Senior Leadership Advisor

rob_kramer@unc.edu

Since 1998, Rob Kramer has provided executive coaching with a specialized focus in public and academic leadership and team development.


Miles Lamont

John Miles Lamont, BA’02

Development Committee

Miles is the co-founder of AMCAP Royalty Funding.


Jacqueline Lawton

Jacqueline E. Lawton

Faculty Fellowship Selection Committee

jlawton@unc.edu

Jacqueline Lawton is an associate professor in the dramatic art department. Lawton is a playwright, dramaturg, producer, and advocate for access, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the American Theatre.


Mariska Leunissen

Mariska Leunissen

Faculty Fellowship Selection Committee

mleunissen@unc.edu

Mariska Leunissen works in ancient philosophy, with special interests in Aristotelian natural philosophy and philosophy of science and its intersections with early medicine.


Kathryn Long

Kathryn Scott Long, BA ’77

Communications Committee

Kathryn and her husband, Bobby, live in Greensboro, NC.  They have been long-standing supporters of the arts and community at large. 


Pamela Lothspeich

Pamela Lothspeich

Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature

Espy/Tyson Fellow


Justine Ludovico

Justine Ludovico

Office and Front Desk Student Assistant
919-926-0249


Suzanne Lye

Suzanne Lye

Assistant Professor, Classics

Bernstein Fellow


Nina Martin

Nina Martin

Associate Professor, Geography

Blackwell Fellow


Karol Mason

Karol V. Mason, BA ’79

Nominating Committee

Karol is the President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


Lane McDonald

Lane Morris McDonald, ABJM ’00

Chair, Advisory Board

Lane is a Managing Director of OMERS Private Equity.


John McGowan photo

John McGowan

Director Emeritus (Director 2006-2014), Professor Emeritus 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.


Deborah Miller

Deborah Penley Miller, BA ’91

Development Committee

Deborah is a former attorney with the American Cancer Society and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.


Kara Millonzi

Kara Millonzi

Leadership Selection Committee

millonzi@sog.unc.edu

Kara Millonzi is a professor in the School of Government.


James Moeser

James Moeser

Nominating Committee

James Moeser is Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Music Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As chancellor from 2000 to 2008, he articulated the vision that UNC should be America’s leading public university.


Walker Morris

Walker Morris, BA ’74

Communications Committee

Walker is President of Muirfield Broadcasting and a former Chief Executive Officer at the Clinton Development Initiative.


Allen Mosely

Allen Moseley, BA ’91

Vice Chair, Advisory Board | Chair, Nominating Committee

Allen is the Managing General Partner at Noro-Moseley Partners.


Daniel Munoz

Daniel Muñoz

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Schwab Fellow


John O'Hara

John O’Hara, MBA ’79

Lifetime Member

John is a retired investment manager, most recently as Managing Director and Senior Advisor at Rockefeller and Company. 


Angela O’Neill

Director of Development
919-962-2528
angela.oneill@unc.edu

Angela leads the IAH’s efforts to secure external funding from individual donors and foundations for its programs in support of faculty.


Caela O'Connell

Caela O’Connell

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Cramer/Belk Fellow


Todd Ochoa

Todd Ramón Ochoa

Interim Director, New Faculty Program
(919) 962-3934
tochoa@email.unc.edu

Todd Ramón Ochoa is a cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies.


Will Overlock

Willard Joseph Overlock III, BA ’02

Chair, Communications Committee

Will is the Vice-President of Leasing at Reckson, a division of the Cappelli Organization. 


Abigail Panter

Abigail Panter

Leadership Selection Committee

panter@unc.edu

Abigail Panter is the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and a professor of psychology in the L. L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Patricia Parker

Patricia Parker

Director, Ruel W. Tyson Distinguished Professor of Humanities
919-962-6831
psparker@email.unc.edu

Patricia Parker is the Ruel W. Tyson Distinguished Professor of Humanities and has been a member of the Carolina faculty since 1998.


Zyon Perkins

Zyon Perkins

Event Planner
919-962-0918
zyon@unc.edu

Office: Hyde Hall, Suite 209  Zyon Perki … Read more


Andy Perrin

Andrew Perrin

Director Emeritus (2019-2020)

Andrew Perrin is a professor of sociology and director emeritus of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.


Roger Perry

Roger Perry, BA ’71

Lifetime Member

Roger is Chairman of East West Partners Club Management. He is also President of East West Partners Management Company, Inc.


Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson

Leadership Selection Committee

m.michelle.robinson@unc.edu

Michelle Robinson is an associate professor and associate chair of the American Studies Department.


Eunice Sahle

Eunice Sahle

Faculty Fellowship Selection Committee

eunice@email.unc.edu

Eunice Sahle is an Associate Professor in the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies.


Robin Sansing

Robin Sansing

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Work


Viji Sathy

Viji Sathy

Director, Academic Leadership Program

viji.sathy@unc.edu

Viji Sathy (UNC ’96, ’03) is the Associate Dean for Evaluation and Assessment and Director of the Townsend Program for Education Research, and a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience


Nelson Schwab

Nelson Schwab III, BA ’67

Lifetime Member

Nelson is a Co-Founder and Senior Advisor at Carousel Capital.


Erika Serrato

Erika Serrato

Assistant Professor, Romance Studies

Friend of the Institute Fellow – Race, Memory, and Reckoning Initiative


Sherwood Smith

Sherwood Smith, BA ’56, JD ’60

Lifetime Member

Sherwood is Chairman Emeritus, Carolina Power & Light Company.


Sara Smith

Sara Smith

Faculty Fellowship Selection Committee

shsmith1@email.unc.edu

Sara Smith is an associate professor in the geography department. She is a feminist political geographer interested in the relationship between territory, bodies, and the everyday.


Brian Strong

Brian Grover Strong, ABJM ’00

Communications Committee

Brian is the Head of Global Communications at Bloomberg Media.


Tricia Sullivan

Patricia Sullivan

Associate Professor, Public Policy Department


J. Michael Terry

J. Michael Terry

Associate Professor, Linguistics Department


Brendan Jamal Thornton

Brendan Jamal Thornton

Faculty Fellowship Selection Committee

Brendan_Thornton@unc.edu

Brendan Jamal Thornton is a cultural anthropologist and specialist on religion and culture in the Caribbean.


Ruel Tyson 2016 photo

Ruel Tyson

IAH Founder and Director Emeritus (Director 1987-2006)

Ruel Tyson founded the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and guided its development as director for 20 years. He remained dedicated to scholarship and service until his passing in 2019.


Adam Versényi

Adam Versényi

Director, Chairs Leadership Program

anversen@email.unc.edu

Adam Versényi is Professor of Dramaturgy in Dramatic Art and Dramaturg for PlayMakers Repertory Company. He was chair of the department from 2014-2022.


Reyna Walters-Morgan

Reyna S. Walters-Morgan, BA ’99

Development Committee

Reyna is the Director of Civic Engagement and Voter Protection with the Democratic National Committee. 


Benjamin Waterhouse

Benjamin Waterhouse

Associate Professor, History Department


Amanda Watlington

Amanda Giannini Watlington, PhD ’72

Communications Committee

Amanda is the Chief Executive Officer at City Square Consulting.


Tommie Watson

Tommie Watson

Executive Director
919-843-2657
tommie@unc.edu

Tommie Watson is the Executive Director for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. He provides leadership and strategy for the Institute while managing the day-to-day operations.


Silas Webb

Silas Webb

Program Administrator
919-843-2651
slwebb@email.unc.edu

Silas Webb serves as the Program Administrator at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. In this role, he coordinates and supports all faculty programs offered through the IAH.


Lee Weisert

Lee Weisert

Faculty Fellowship Selection Committee

weisert@unc.edu

Lee Weisert, associate professor of music, is a composer of instrumental and electronic music and a multimedia sound artist.


John White

John F. White III

Nominating Committee, Advisory Board

John White is the president of JFW Prope … Read more


John Wickham

John R. Wickham, BA ’84

Lifetime Member

John is the co-founder and a partner at Collwick Capital, LLC.


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Rebecca Williams

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

Rebecca Williams manages the administration and finances of the Institute’s programs and initiatives, including events and grants support.


Margaret Williams

Margaret Williams, BA’82

Nominating Committee

Margaret has been a member of the UNC Board of Visitors and is a current member of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.


Caroline Williamson, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Caroline C. Williamson, BSBA ’83

Lifetime Member

Caroline is the President, Treasurer, and a Director of the B. Robert Williamson, Jr. Foundation.


Sandra Wilson

Sandra Fay Wilson, BA ’80

Nominating Committee

Sandra is a retired Colonel, US Air Force and a retired Senior Executive, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).


Tina Wondimu

Tina Wondimu

Office and Front Desk Student Assistant
919-926-0249
twondimu@live.unc.edu


Thomas Woodbury

Thomas M. Woodbury, BA ’73, JD ’77

Finance Committee

Tom is a former President, Global Distribution at HBO.


Nadia Yaqub

Nadia Yaqub

Interim Director, Associate Professor Program
919-843-8149
yaqub@email.unc.edu

Nadia Yaqub is professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and coordinator of the department’s Arabic program, while also serving as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature.


Mike Yelverton

Michael F. Yelverton, BA ’98 

Development Committee

Mike is Principal and Managing Director at Tiedemann Advisors.


Aishat Yusuf

Aishat Yusuf

Administrative Associate
919-962-0249
aayusuf@unc.edu

Aishat Yusuf is the Administrative Assoc … Read more