IAAR Faculty Fellows Announced

The Institute of African American Research is pleased to announce the two recipients of the first–ever IAAR Faculty Fellowship: Enrique Neblett and Alvaro Reyes. Both are UNC faculty members. They will be fellows with the IAAR for the academic year 2014-2015, during which time they will work on developing or completing their individual research projects.

Enrique Neblett, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, will be a tenured associate professor of psychology by Fall 2014. On faculty at UNC since 2008, his research includes attention to racism-related stress, well-being and health status among African American youth. While at the IAAR he will conduct a longitudinal pilot study investigating the psychological well-being during early adulthood in two cohorts of African American college freshmen. Neblett will also work on writing a research grant to support a study on racial identity and racial discrimination among emerging adults.

Alvaro Reyes has been an assistant professor since 2011 in the Department of Geography. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University. His research interests concern Political Geography, Black Geographies, Racialization and Socio-Territorial Movements in the Americas, Decolonization, and Critical Theory. As IAAR Faculty Fellow, he will work on completing his book manuscript, which relies on an analysis of 20th century Black and indigenous movements and thinkers to explore the causal relation between decolonization and what is understood today as “globalization.”

Both fellows will give a public talk about the projects that they are pursuing during their tenure at the IAAR. The dates for these talks will be announced in late summer 2014.

Andrews, Crayton and Unah Speak at IAAR Opening Event


The IAAR is pleased to have three UNC faculty speak at its opening event, Voting Rights, Racial Justice and Moral Mondays: Examining Civil Rights in the 21st Century. Professors Kareem Crayton, Isaac Unah, and Kenneth (Andy) Andrews will examine recent national rulings and state legislative changes in the context of civil rights concerns past and present. Focus will be specifically on developments regarding the Voting Rights Act, the Racial Justice Act, and the Moral Monday protests placed in the context of the Civil Rights Movement. Information on these three accomplished professors can be found below.

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The IAAR has a new director

Dr. Karla Slocum

Dr. Karla Slocum

Karla Slocum, an associate professor of anthropology at Carolina, has been appointed director of the Institute of African American Research (IAAR), effective July 1. Slocum’s research focuses on globalization, place, rural life ways, and race and history as they relate to groups within the African Diaspora.

“Her strong record of scholarship, long-standing relationship with the IAAR and its Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, as well as her commitment to forging interdisciplinary connections and broad familiarity with African Diaspora studies all position her well to provide sound and energetic leadership for the institute,” said Carol Tresolini, vice provost for academic initiatives.

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