Anna Agbe-Davies

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Research and Scholarly Areas: historical archaeology, plantation societies of the colonial southeastern U.S. and Caribbean, towns and cities of the 19th and 20th century Midwest, African diaspora archaeology

 

Kenneth T. Andrews

Professor

Department of Sociology

Research and Scholarly Areas:   influence of protests and social movements on public policy and social change; civil rights struggle in the U.S. South; 1960s desegregation campaigns; leadership and civic associations

GerShun Avilez

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Department of English and Comparative Literature; Director, UNC Program in Sexuality Studies

Research and Scholarly Areas: 20th century and contemporary African American and American literature and visual culture; literature of the Black Diaspora; how questions of gender and sexuality inform artistic production.

Other scholarly focus includes fields of political radicalism, spatial theory, and legal studies.

Frank Baumgartner

Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor

Department of Political Science

Research and Scholarly Areas: racial components of the death penalty in North Carolina and nationally

Maya Berry

Assistant Professor

Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies

Research and Scholarly Areas: Critical race studies; performance studies; political economy; black feminism; dance, Afro-diasporic sacred arts, race and gender in Cuba; contemporary Cuban issues; Afrodescendant movements in Latin America & Spanish-speaking Caribbean; African diaspora studies; critical ethnographic methods.

 

John Bowles

Associate Professor of Art History

Department of Art

Research and Scholarly Areas: African American art; globalization and African American art; performance art

Kia Caldwell

Professor

Department of African, African American & Diaspora Studies

Research and Scholarly Areas: transnational black women’s health in Brazil and the United States; gender, race, health policy and equity; HIV/AIDS and human rights in Brazil and the Raleigh Durham region.

 

Christopher Clark

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Research and Scholarly Areas: race and electoral representation in the U.S.; political behavior among black citizens; black political organizations and the representation of policy interests

Claude A. Clegg III

Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor

Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies and Department of History

Research and Scholarly Areas:   African diaspora of the Atlantic world; U.S. History; identity and community formation of African descended people outside Africa; migration, diaspora, nationalism, and social mobilization.

Shauna Cooper

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Research and Scholarly Areas: socio-contextual influences on the development of African American children and adolescents, with specific emphasis on how these factors influence educational, psychological, and health outcomes.

Renée Alexander Craft

Associate Professor

Department of Communication Studies and Curriculum in Global Studies

Research and Scholarly Areas: dialectical constructions of ‘Blackness’ and performances of Black cultural nationalisms in the Americas; Congo carnival traditions in Panama; Black inclusion, exclusion, representation, and belonging.

Altha Cravey

Associate Professor

Department of Geography

Research and Scholarly Areas: geographies of livelihood and geographies of work in North America; Mexican and indigenous lives; connection between the Great Migration and the Mexican Migration to the US South.

Temitope Erinosho

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Nutrition

Research and Scholarly Areas: child rearing and food behaviors; child obesity prevention among racial/ethnic minorities

Cheryl Woods Giscombe

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing

Research and Scholarly Areas: Influence of race- and gender-related factors on stress, coping, and health inequities among African American women

 

Dana Griffin

Associate Professor

School of Education

Research and Scholarly Areas: parent involvement and family-school-community partnerships, and race and culture.

Perry Hall

Associate Professor

Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies

Research and Scholarly Areas: theoretical issues and paradigms that shape the field of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies; Afrodiasporic cultural production

Glenn Hinson

Associate Professor

Departments of American Studies and Anthropology

Research and Scholarly Areas:  African American expressive culture and personal and community identities; African American self-taught art; religious expression; vernacular poetry

Sharon Patricia Holland

Professor

Department of American Studies

Research and Scholarly Areas: relationship of blackness to discourses of the animal; race and the erotic; black subjectivities and death

 

Sherick Hughes

Associate Professor

School of Education

Research and Scholarly Areas: critical race studies and black education; social context of schooling in urban and rural education; interdisciplinary foundations of education; qualitative/mixed research methodology

Mosi Ifatunji

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Research and Scholarly Areas: race, culture, biology and social stratification.

Seth Kotch

Assistant Professor

Department of American Studies

Research and Scholarly Areas:  justice, race, and cultural and physical environments; racial geographies in rural Jim Crow North Carolina; legacies of the long civil rights movement of the 1960s through media; digital humanities

Beth Kurtz-Costes

Professor

Department of Psychology

Research and Scholarly Areas: identity development and motivational beliefs; how academic and non-academic race and gender stereotypes shape motivational beliefs and academic choices, particularly within in African American families.

Priscilla Layne

Assistant Professor

Department of German and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Research and Scholarly Areas: race and gender in 20th century German literature and culture; African American influence on postwar German culture; Black German subjectivities

Cherie Ndaliko

Assistant Professor

Department of Music

Research and Scholarly Areas: human creativity in African conflicts through ethnomusicology, film/media studies, and cultural theory.

 

Enrique Neblett

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

Research and Scholarly Areas: racism-related stress and health in African American and ethnic minority youth

Mai Thi Nguyen

Associate Professor

Department of City and Regional Planning

Research and Scholarly Areas: housing policy, community development, economic development, immigration, disasters, and urban growth phenomena

George Noblit

Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education

School of Education

Research and Scholarly Areas: School Reform; Race Equity; Sociology of Education; Sociology of Knowledge. Qualitative Research Methodology; Policy and Evaluation Research; Complex Organizations

Todd Ramon Ochoa

Associate Professor

Department of Religious Studies

Research and Scholarly Areas: African-inspired religions in Latin America and the Caribbean; Cuban-Kongo societies of affliction; materiality; creolization and racialization; critical ethnographic practice

Rosa Perelmuter

Professor

Department of Romance Languages and Literature

Research and scholarly areas: literary production of African-descendant populations in Latin America, especially Cuba

Charlene Regester

Associate Professor

Department of African, African American & Diaspora Studies

Research and Scholarly Areas: black geographies; colonialism and decolonization; social movements for “blackness” and “indigeneity”; territoriality

William Rohe

Director, Center for Urban and Regional Studies

Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor 

Research and Scholarly Areas: Federal housing policy, neighborhood and downtown revitalization

Tanya Shields

Associate Professor

Department of Women and Gender Studies

Research and Scholarly Areas: belonging and sociopolitical engagement in Caribbean literature; representations of women and power structures in plantation narratives

Candis Watts Smith

Assistant Professor

Department of Public Policy

Research and Scholarly Areas:   American political behavior; racial and ethnic politics; individuals’ and groups’ policy preferences, particularly around social policies that exacerbate or ameliorate disparities and inequality between groups.

WILLIAM STURKEY

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Research and Scholarly Areas:  Modern American, African American, and Southern History; race in the American South; working-class African American Communities; the Civil Rights Movement; and the relationship between racial minorities and state and federal governments

Brendan Jamal Thornton

Associate Professor

Department of Religious Studies

Research and Scholarly Areas: the social and cultural politics of belief; the role religious identity in impoverished urban communities; spiritual authority and legitimacy; religious heterodoxy and pluralism

ISAAC UNAH

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science

Research and Scholarly Areas: racial components of the death penalty in North Carolina and nationally, judicial institutions and their influence on public policy and bureaucratic behavior, punishment politics, especially the motivations underlying the use of capital punishment in the United States; the politics and effects of mass incarceration; the role of floor speeches on Senate confirmation of U. S. Supreme Court nominees

Becky White

Assistant Professor of Medicine; Co-Director of HIV Services NC Department of Corrections

School of Medicine

Research and Scholarly Areas: public health and medicine; treatment and prevention of HIV/STDs in incarcerated persons and African-Americans

Ronald Williams

Assistant Professor

Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies

Research and Scholarly Areas:  race and ethnicity in politics and public policy; race and foreign policy; social movements; African American politics and political thought; and twentieth century African American history

Karla Slocum

Director

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Karla Slocum has been Director of the Institute of African American Research since 2013.  She is also Associate Professor of Anthropology.  From 2002-2006, she was co-director of the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program, Slocum specializes in studies of place identities, black-identified communities and history, and rural engagements with global economic change in the Caribbean and the United States. Slocum is the author of Free Trade and Freedom: Neoliberalism, Place and Nation in the Caribbean (University of Michigan Press, 2006). Her second book, Appealing Places: The Lure of America’s Twenty-First Century Black Towns, is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press.  The book examines the contemporary attraction of historic black towns in the Western U.S. amid their simultaneous status as economically fragile and socially remote. Slocum recently guest-edited a special issue on “Blackness and Tourism” that appeared in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society. She also has published articles and book chapters in such journals and edited volumes as American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Transforming Anthropology, and the Routledge Companion on Inter-American Studies. Slocum is the 2016 recipient of the Academic Excellence Award from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities and she has also been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the School for Advanced Research. In addition to directing the IAAR, she has been co-chair of the Department of Anthropology’s concentration on Race, Difference and Power.

 

Mai Thi Nguyen

Acting Director, Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

Mai Thi Nguyen is Acting Director of IAAR’s Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program for the academic year, 2018-2019, while Rosa Perelmuter is on research leave. Mai, who holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California-Irvine. is also Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning where she teaches in the Housing and Community Development specialization. Her research focuses on housing policy, social and spatial inequality, and resilient communities. She also serves as the Director of New Faculty Programs at the Institute for Arts and Humanities. Mai is currently the Chairperson of the Urban Affairs Association Governing Board, as well as founder and moderator of Planners 2040, a Facebook discussion group that engages urban planning scholars globally in lively discussion on innovative teaching and research topics.

Amatullah King

Events and Programs Manager

Amatullah King joined IAAR in August 2015. She is an administrative support specialist and manages all of IAAR’s events and programs. Previously she worked for six years as Meetings Manager for the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. Amatullah holds a B.A. in English, cum laude, from Cornell University. At Cornell, she was a fellow in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF), to which IAAR’s MURAP is a sister program. As a fellow, she concentrated on 19th and 20th century African-American Literature and completed a thesis on the 1859 autobiographical novel by African American author Harriet E. Wilson.

Angela Hicks

Grants Coordinator

Angela Hicks is a Social Science Grant Writer and Grants Coordinator in IAAR. She received her Ed.D. in Adult Education from North Carolina State University. She has served as an assistant and adjunct professor of Adult Education, most recently at North Carolina A&T State University and at her alma mater North Carolina State University. As a pre-awards grant specialist, she is well versed in identifying funding sources, providing eligibility guidelines and offering technical assistance. She is a successful grant writer and trainer, writing and securing grants and providing grant workshops for research universities, public and private schools, and non-profit organizations for nearly two decades. In addition, she brings global perspective to her work, having lived and worked in Beijing, China advising NGOs on curriculum issues intermittently since 2005.

Blaque Robinson

Graduate Research Assistant


Blaque Robinson is a Graduate Research Assistant at IAAR, working on data analysis and research dissemination. A second-year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology, her research focuses on understanding how Black people think about race and racial inequality in the US.

Mimi Gordor

Program Coordinator, Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program


Mimi Gordor (MURAP 2016) graduated cum laude with a degree in English from Bryn Mawr College.  While a member of the 2016 MURAP cohort, she worked under the mentorship of Dr. GerShun Avilez on a research paper titled, “‘The Best Thing About America Is That It Gives You Space’: Defining Success in the Diaspora for the African Woman and Creating Alternative Spaces at Home in Chimamanda’s Americanah.”  Mimi’s most recent research interests are the performance of the African “self” in hybrid constructions of “home” in Ghanaian and Nigerian diasporic fiction, vis a vis Afropolitanism.  She plans to pursue a PhD in English with a concentration in African and Africana Studies.

Sara Maxwell

Graduate Research Assistant

IAAR Graduate Research Assistant Sara Maxwell
Sara Maxwell is a Graduate Research Assistant at IAAR, working on the Institute’s grant projects and research dissemination. A fifth year doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography, her research focuses on expressions of sovereignty by tight-knit communities in North Carolina.

  

Sibby Anderson-Thompkins

Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs; Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research, Diversity & Inclusion, UNC-CH

Nathan Blouin

Director,

Office of Research Development, UNC-CH

Claude A. Clegg III

Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor

Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, UNC-CH

Renée Alexander Craft

Associate Professor,

Department of Communication, UNC-CH

Cassandra R. Davis

Research Associate

Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC); Department of Public Policy, UNC-CH

Micah Gilmer

Senior Partner,

Frontline Solutions, Durham NC

Kimberly Cogdell Grainger

Professor of Law

North Carolina Central University School of Law

Joseph Jordan

Director; Adjunct Assistant Professor

Sonya Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History; African American and African Diaspora Studies, UNC-CH

Angela Lee

Executive Director

Hayti Heritage Center

Geniece Crawford Monde

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Department of Sociology, Wingate University

Carmen Samuel-Hodge

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Nutrition, UNC-CH

Tanya Shields

Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies; Director of Undergraduate Studies, UNC-CH

Erika K. Wilson

Associate Professor of Law,

UNC School of Law