2016 – 2017 IAAR Faculty Fellows Announced

The Institute of African American Research (IAAR) is pleased to announce that Andrea Benjamin and Chérie Rivers Ndaliko will receive the IAAR Faculty Fellowship for 2016-2017.

Andrea Benjamin
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

fghWhile a Faculty Fellow with the IAAR, Professor Andrea Benjamin will complete data collection and data analysis for a project exploring how minority representation in a dominant governing body impacts minority citizens. Focusing on the extensive participation of African American candidates in Durham, North Carolina elections and governance, Benjamin’s research will contribute to her book manuscript on co-ethnic electoral coalitions.




Chérie Rivers Ndaliko 
Assistant Professor, Department of Music

During her fellowship, Professor Chérie Rivers Ndaliko’s felllowship, she will conduct research toward a book and documentary film, exploring music and cultural activism.  Ndaliko’s work on the musical production of Congolese pianist and composer, Ray Lema, will focus on Lema’s music in the context of his life in exile from the Congo as well as the broad appeal of his music to a variety of postcolonial consumers.




Both Ndaliko and Benjamin will be Faculty Fellows for the entire academic year.  Each will give a public presentation during their tenure at the IAAR.   The dates for these events will be announced in early fall 2016.

The IAAR Faculty Fellows program is in its third year.  The fellowship supports current and rigorous research by UNC-CH faculty members who are pursuing studies of African Americans and the African Diaspora. For more information about the program please contact iaar@unc.edu