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The Institute for the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 cohort of Faculty Fellows.  The Faculty Fellows Program provides on-campus leaves for faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences to work on interdisciplinary scholarly projects. Fellows also gather weekly around a meal to discuss their projects and professional development goals under the guidance of Michele Tracy Berger, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Director of the Faculty Fellows Program. The program provides three types of fellowships: IAH Faculty Fellowships support work related to the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences; the Chapman Faculty Fellowships, offered in conjunction with the UNC Provost’s Office as a university teaching award, are given to outstanding teachers who regularly teach undergraduate students; and the Digital Innovation Lab Fellowships provide the opportunity for faculty working in the arts and humanities to explore the potential of digital humanities in their own scholarly and expressive practice.
Faculty Fellows typically demonstrate a strong track record in working with faculty and students across disciplines, engage in scholarship that makes significant contributions to their respective fields, and demonstrate the potential to effectively communicate the results of their research to a broad audience. The 2015-2016 Fellows and their topics are as follows:

Fall 2015 Faculty Fellows

Pika Ghosh, Art
The Fabric of Bengali Lives: Women’s Embroidered Kantha from Colonial Bengal

Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Creative Writing/English & Comparative Literature
Border Woman

Rick Warner, English and Comparative Literature
A Form that ThinB4: Godard and the Cinematic Essay

Stanislav Shvabrin, Germanic & Slavic Lang & Lit
Between Rhyme and Reason: Vladimir Nabokov, Translation, and Dialogue

Laura Miller, Mathematics
Using the Visual Arts to Communicate Complex Phenomenon in Mathematical Biology

Rebecca Walker, Philosophy/Social Medicine
Of Mice and Primates: A Virtue Ethical Approach to Animal Research

Susan Harbage Page, Women’s and Gender Studies
Anti-Archive: A book of Objects from the U.S.–Mexico Borderlands

Gabriela Valdivia, Geography
Crude entanglements: Living with oil in Ecuador

Mark Schoenfisch, Chemistry
Bringing the Real World to Introductory Chemistry

Eliza Richards, English and Comparative Literature
Correspondent Lines: Poetry and Journalism in the US Civil War

Spring 2016 Faculty Fellows

Sabine Gruffat, Art
Landed: A documentary film

Dorothy Verkerk, Art
Pagan and Druid Art: Symbol, Syncretism, and Spirituality

Nadia Yaqub, Asian Studies
Beyond Images of Claims: Violence, Testimony, and Witnessing in the Cinemas of Palestine

Elliott Moreton, Linguistics
Alternatives to language

Mariska Leunissen, Philosophy
How to get lucky: A biological account of moral development in Aristotle

Juliane Hammer, Religious Studies
The Prism of Marriage: Gender, Religion, and Culture in American Muslim Communities

Jessica Tanner, Romance Languages and Literatures
Mapping Prostitution: Sex, Space, and Taxonomy in Nineteenth-Century French Narrative

Andrew Perrin, Sociology
The Creativity of Civic Engagement: Humanities Education and Democratic Citizenship

Oswaldo Estrada, Romance Languages
Bad Habits: Historical Women in the Narratives of Postcolonial Mexico

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities serves as UNC’s faculty home for interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration. Its mission is to help the university recruit, refresh, develop, and retain a world-class faculty of scholars and teachers. At the heart of this mission is the affirmation of the crucial value of the arts and humanities to the life of the university and the world. Learn more about the IAH’s Faculty Fellows program here.

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