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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.


Karen Auerbach

Karen Auerbach

Associate Professor, History

Johnson Fellow


JK Brown

James Keith Brown, BA ’84.



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


Chad Bryant

Chad Bryant

Faculty Fellowship Selection Committee
(919) 962-2115

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


Amarjit Bhudiraja

Amarjit S. Budhiraja

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 and Sciences. He served as the chair of the STOR department from 2014-2019.


Lee Burrows

Lee Burrows, ABJM ’82



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


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



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.


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



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.


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Laney Crawley

Student Communications Assistant

delcrawl@unc.edu

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Rebecca Darwin

Rebecca Wesson Darwin, BA ’75

Communications Committee

Rebecca is the co-founder and CEO of Garden & Gun Magazine.


Florence Dore

Florence Dore

Professor, English and Comparative Literature

Turner Fellow


Janet Downie

Janet Downie

Associate Professor, Classics

Burress Fellow


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 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.


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 … Continued


Samuel Gates

Samuel Gates

Assistant Professor, Dramatic Art

Legacy Fellow — Race, Memory, and Recko … Continued


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.


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Xiomara Gomez Rodriguez

Office and Front Desk Student Assistant
919-926-0249

Xiomara Gomez Rodriguez is one of the Of … Continued


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Taliyah Graham

Office and Front Desk Student Assistant
919-926-0249

Taliyah is an Office and Front Desk Stud … Continued


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. 


Micheal Gutierrez

Michael Gutierrez

Faculty Fellowship 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 H. Hackney, Jr., BA ’75, JD ’79, MBA ’79

Finance Committee

Robert is a former Senior Advisor at First Eagle Investment Management, LLC.


Elizabeth Havice

Elizabeth Havice

Professor, Geography


Harold P. Hope III

Harold P. Hope III, BA ’94

Finance Committee

Harold is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs.


Shakirah Hudani

Shakirah Hudani

Assistant Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

Pardue Fellow


Barbara Hyde, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Barbara Hyde, BA ’83

Lifetime Board Member

Barbara is Chair and CEO of the Hyde 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 A. Keyes IV, ’75, PhD ’18

Nominating Committee

Bill is President of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship.


Heidi Kim

Heidi Kim

Professor, English and Comparative Literature

Arts & Humanities Fellow — Race, Memory, and Reckoning Initiative


Seth Kotch

Seth Kotch

Associate Professor, American Studies


Rob Kramer

Senior Leadership Advisor

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.


David Lambert

David Lambert

Associate Professor, Religious Studies

Schwab Fellow


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

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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. 


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Pamela Lothspeich

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

Pamela Lothspeich holds a Ph.D. in South … Continued


Christian Lundberg

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.


Suzanne Maman

Suzanne Maman

Professor, Health Behavior


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

Vice Chair, Advisory Board | Chair, Nominating Committee

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
(919) 962-0051
millonzi@sog.unc.edu

Kara Millonzi is a professor in the School of Government.


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.


Alicia Monroe

Alicia Monroe

Assistant Teaching Professor, African, African American and Diaspora Studies

Cramer Fellow


Lucrecia Moore

Lucrecia Renea Moore, BA ’92 

Finance Committee

Lucrecia Moore is Senior Company Counsel at Wells Fargo.


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

Nominating Committee

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


Chérie Ndaliko

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

Associate Professor, Geography

Hyde 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.


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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Peter Ornstein

Program Director, Retired Faculty Program
(919) 962-4138
pao@unc.edu

Peter Ornstein is professor emeritus in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department.


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
(919) 843-7773

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.


Mary-Rose Papandrea

Mary-Rose Papandrea

Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor, School of Law


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.


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.


Petal Samuel

Petal Samuel

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

Blackwell Fellow


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Antonia Randolph

Assistant Professor, American Studies

McGowan Fellow


Courtney Rivard

Courtney Rivard

Teaching Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature


Eliza Rose

Eliza Rose

Assistant Professor

Townsend Fellow


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.


Kumi Silva

Associate Professor, Communication


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 … Continued


John Curtis Staton, BA ’89

Chair, Development Committee

John Staton is the President of Concepts Sport.


Vin Steponaitis

Vincas Steponaitis

Distinguished Professor, Anthropology

Whitton Fellow


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Brian Grover Strong, ABJM ’00



Brian is the Head of Global Communications at Bloomberg Media.


Angela Stuesse

Angela Stuesse

Associate Professor, Anthropology


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 Fellowship 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


Brendan Jamal Thornton

Brendan Jamal Thornton

Associate Professor, Religious Studies

Blackwell Fellow


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.


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.


Ana Maria Vinea

Ana Maria Vinea

Assistant Professor, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Bernstein Fellow


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Vanessa Walcott

Office and Front Desk Student Assistant
919-926-0249

Vanessa is an Office and Front Desk Stud … Continued


Benjamin Waterhouse

Benjamin Waterhouse

Associate Professor, History

Wickham Fellow


Amanda Watlington

Amanda Giannini Watlington, PhD ’72



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.


Jonathan Weiler

Jonathan Weiler

Teaching Professor, Global Studies


Brett Whalen

Brett Whalen

Professor, History

Borden Fellow


John White

John F. White III

Nominating Committee, Advisory Board

John White is the president of JFW Prope … Continued


John Wickham

John R. Wickham, BA ’84

Chair, Advisory Board

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


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 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



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


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Thomas M. Woodbury, BA ’73, JD ’77

Finance Committee

Tom is a former President, Global Distribution at HBO.


Claudia Yaghoobi

Faculty Fellowship 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.


Nadia Yaqub

Nadia Yaqub

Interim Director, Associate Professors 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 Support Associate
919-962-0249
aayusuf@unc.edu

Aishat Yusuf is the Administrative Suppo … Continued


Waleed Ziad

Waleed Ziad

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

Hyde Fellow