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.

Mark Katz

Mark Katz


Mark Katz is the Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Professor Katz’s teaching and scholarship focus on music and techno … 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, Director of Operations

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

Angela O'Neill, Director of Development

Angela O’Neill

Director of Development

Angela O’Neill joined the Institute for the Arts and Humanities as the Director of Development in August 2018. Prior to coming to the IAH, Angela worked as an associate director of development for the … Continued

Sophia Ramos, Communications Specialist

Sophia Ramos

Communications Specialist

Sophia Ramos joined the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in 2018. Before her position at UNC, she previously worked in marketing for the Department of Medicine at her alma mater – the University … Continued

Philip Hollingsworth

Philip Hollingsworth

Program Administrator

Philip Hollingsworth joined the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in 2015, and serves as the Program Administrator for the Institute’s faculty programs. In this role, he coordinates and supports a … Continued

Rebecca Williams

Business Manager

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

Event Planner

Ebony R. Johnson currently serves as the Event Planner for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. For more than 10 years, she has been responsible for pre-event planning, on-site execution, and po … 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 the Development Director in gift processing, event management, … Continued

Maureen Vidger, Operations Coordinator

Maureen Vidger

Operations Coordinator

Maureen joined the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in June 2018 as Operations Coordinator. In this role, she primarily supports colleagues whilst ensuring the day-to-day building operations with … 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

James Moeser

James Moeser

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

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 Am … 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