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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.








William Leake Andrews

Facilitator, Retired Faculty Program

wandrews@unc.edu

William L. Andrews is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.


Kenneth Andrews

Kenneth Andrews

Professor, Sociology

DuBose Fellow


Javier Arce-Nazario

Javier Arce-Nazario

Associate Professor, Geography

Arts and Humanities Fellow


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James Keith Brown



James Keith (“JK”) Brown is Head of Global Investor Relations for Och-Ziff and is a member of Och-Ziff’s Partner Management Committee.


Chad Bryant

Chad Bryant

Faculty Fellows Selection Committee
(919) 962-2115

Chad Bryant, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of History.


Amarjit Bhudiraja

Amarjit S. Budhiraja

Interim Director, Chairs Leadership Program
(919) 962-2189
amarjit@unc.edu

Amarjit S. Budhiraja is a professor of Statistics and Operations Research in the College of Arts & Sciences. He served as the chair of the STOR department from 2014-2019.


Max Chapman

Tom Chapman

Chair, Finance Committee


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 Fellows Selection Committee
(919) 962-5481

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.



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.


H.M.Cushman

H.M. Cushman

Assistant Professor, English and Comparative Literature

Pardue Fellow


Rebecca Darwin

Rebecca W. Darwin

Communications Committee

Rebecca Darwin is co-founder & CEO of the media company that owns Garden & Gun Magazine.


Kathleen DuVal

Kathleen DuVal

Professor, History

Whitton Fellow


Catherine Edwards

Catherine T. Edwards

Nominating Committee


Oswaldo Estrada

Oswaldo Estrada

Director, Faculty Fellows 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.


Stefanie Ferreri

Stefanie Ferreri

Henry L. Smith & James L. Olsen Distinguished Professor, School of Pharmacy
(919) 843-9765


Michael A. Figueroa

Facilitator, Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Group
(919) 962-0906
mfigueroa@unc.edu

Michael A. Figueroa is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in music and politics in the modern Middle East and its diasporas.


Mary Flanagan

Mary Flanagan

Communications Committee


Jennifer Gates-Foster

Faculty Fellows Selection Committee
919-962-7191

Jennifer Gates-Foster is an Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology.


Kelly Giovanello

Kelly Giovanello

Professor, Psychology & Neuroscience
(919) 843-1302


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Burton B. Goldstein Jr.

Lifetime Member


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John Cornelius O’Hara Jr.

Lifetime Member


Julia Sprunt Grumbles

Development Committee

Julia Sprunt Grumbles is currently a member of the IAH Advisory Board and previously served as Chair of the board.


Micheal Gutierrez

Michael Gutierrez

Faculty Fellows Selection Committee
mgutie@email.unc.edu

Michael Keenan Gutierrez, Ph.D., is a Teaching Associate Professor in the English and Comparative Literature Department.


Robert Hackney

Robert Hackney Jr.

Finance Committee


Glenn Hinson

Glenn Hinson

Associate Professor, Anthropology

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Harold P. Hope III

Harold P. Hope III

Finance Committee


Barbara Hyde, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Barbara R. Hyde

Lifetime Board Member

Barbara Hyde is Chair of the J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation.


Mark Katz

Mark Katz

Director Emeritus (Director 2014-2019), Distinguished Professor of Music
919-962-6831
mkatz@email.unc.edu

Mark Katz is the Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities and former Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.


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William Keyes IV

Nominating Committee


Rob Kramer

Senior Leadership Consultant

rob_kramer@unc.edu

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


Anna Krome-Lukens

Anna Krome-Lukens

Teaching Associate Professor, Public Policy

Taylor Fellow


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Michael Lambert

Associate Professor, African, African American and Diaspora Studies

Ellison Fellow


Miles Lamont

John Miles Lamont

Development Committee


Priscilla Layne

Priscilla Layne

Associate Professor, German and Slavic Languages and Literatures
(919) 966-1642


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Shayne Legassie

Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature

Belk Fellow


Lauren Leve

Lauren Leve

Associate Professor, Religious Studies
(919) 962-3925


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Ebony Loadholt

Event Planner
919-962-0918
erj@email.unc.edu

Ebony R. Johnson serves as the Institute’s Event Planner. She believes that “vision matters” and dedicates her time to making creative visions a reality at the Institute.


Kathryn Long

Kathryn Long

Communications Committee

Kathryn holds a B.A. in Studio Art in 1977 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Pamela Lothspeich

Program Director, New Faculty Program
(919) 962-4294
ploth@email.unc.edu

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Christian O. Lundberg

Leadership Selection Committee
(919) 962-7720

Dr. Christian Lundberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill and Co-Director of the University Program in Cultural Studies.



Lane McDonald

Lane Morris McDonald

Vice Chair, Advisory Board | Chair, Nominating Committee

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 AUM.


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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.


China Medel

China Medel

Assistant Professor, Communication

Espy Fellow


Hugo Mendez

Hugo Mendez

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

Borden Fellow


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Deborah Miller

Development Committee


James Moeser

James Moeser

Chancellor Emeritus (2000-2008), Director Emeritus (Interim Director 2016-2017)

James Moeser is Chancellor Emeritus and served as interim director for the Institute for the Arts in Humanities from 2016-2017, and has an office located in Hyde Hall.


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.


Lucrecia Moore

Lucrecia Moore

Finance Committee

Lucrecia Moore is Senior Company Counsel at Wells Fargo.


Walker Morris

Walker Morris

Communications Committee


Allen Mosely

Allen Moseley

Nominating Committee


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.


Todd Ochoa

Todd Ramón Ochoa

Leadership Selection Committee
(919) 962-3934

Todd Ramón Ochoa is a cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


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Michal Osterweil

Teaching Associate Professor, Global Studies
(919) 962-5442


Will Overlock

Willard J. Overlock III

Communications Committee

Will Overlock is a vice president with SL Green Realty Corp.


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Abigail Panter

Leadership Selection Committee
(919) 843-7773

Dr. 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.


Rosa Perelmuter

Professor, Romance Studies

Schwab Fellow


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

Lifetime Member

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


Petal Samuel

Petal Samuel

Assistant Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
(919) 966-1295

Blackwell Fellow


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Cynthia Radding

Distinguished Professor, History

Townsend Fellow


Eliza Richards

Eliza Richards

Professor, English and Comparative Literature

Hyde Fellow


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Joyce Rudinsky

Faculty Fellows Selection Committee
919- 962-7562

Joyce Rudinsky is a visual artist working with electronic and interactive media to investigate lived experience in an information-based society.


Eunice Sahle

Eunice Sahle

Associate Professor, African, African American and Diaspora Studies

Johnson Fellow


Viji Sathy

Viji Sathy

Director, Academic Leadership Program
(919) 843-9119
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


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Nelson Schwab III

Lifetime Member


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Yaron Shemer

Associate Professor, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Burress Fellow


Tanya Shields

Leadership Selection Committee
919-962-3335
tshields (at) email.unc.edu

Tanya Shields is an associate professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for Women’s and Gender Studies.


Kumarini Silva

Associate Professor, Communication

Blackwell Fellow


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Sherwood Hubbard Smith Jr.

Lifetime Member


John Staton III

Chair, Development Committee

John Staton is the President of Concepts Sport the leading sports licensed loungewear company in the country.


John Sweet

John Sweet

Associate Professor, History
(919) 962-2115

IAH Legacy Fellow – Race, Memory, and Re … Continued


J. Michael Terry

J. Michael Terry

Faculty Fellows Selection Committee

J. Michael Terry is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at UNC-Chapel Hill.


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Amanda Thompson

Associate Professor, Anthropology
(919) 843-2060


Sarah Treul Roberts

Bowman & Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor, Political Science
(919) 962-0442


Lien Truong, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Lien Truong

Faculty Fellows Selection Committee

Lien Truong is an Associate Professor of painting, drawing and mixed media in the Art & Art History Department.


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.


Gabriela Valdivia

Professor, Geography
(919) 962-3871


Herica Valladares

Hérica Valladares

Associate Professor, Classics

IAH Legacy Fellow – Race, Memory, and Re … Continued


Lynne Vernon-Feagans

Lynne Vernon-Feagans

Program Director, Retired Faculty Program
(919) 619-0543
lynnevf@email.unc.edu

Lynne Vernon-Feagans is the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor Emerita at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Education. She has focused her research on young children and families from diverse low wealth rural communities.


Ariana Vigil

Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies
(919) 962-3369


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

Administrative Support Specialist
919-843-2651
slwebb@email.unc.edu

Silas supports IAH events and faculty programs and coordinates room reservations in Hyde Hall for external events.


John White

John F. White III

Nominating Committee, Advisory Board

John White is the president of JFW Prope … Continued


John Wickham

John Wickham

Chair, Advisory Board


Rebecca Williams

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.


Caroline Williamson, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Caroline Williamson

Lifetime Member

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


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Tom M. Woodbury

Finance Committee


Claudia Yaghoobi

Faculty Fellows Selection Committee
(919) 962-4294

Claudia Yaghoobi is the Roshan Institute Associate Professor in Persian Studies and director of the Persian program in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.


Mike Yelverton

Michael Yelverton

Development Committee


Aishat Yusuf

Aishat Yusuf

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

Aishat Yusuf is the Administrative Suppo … Continued