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


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

Associate 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


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


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

Coretta Jenerette

Associate Professor

School of Nursing

Research and Scholarly Areas: Self-care and family management strategies among individuals with sickle cell disease

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


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


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.

Deborah Stroman

Director of Sport Entrepreneurship and Adjunct Professor

Kenan-Flagler Business School

Research and Scholarly Areas:  leadership; marketing; entrepreneurship;
and social issues of sport


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

Assistant 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


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

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

School of Medicine

Research and Scholarly Areas: public health and medicine;
HIV among prisoners

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

Amatullah King

Events and Programs Manager

Amatullah King

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.

Karla Slocum



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.


Dr. Rosa Perelmuter

Director, Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

Rosa Perelmuter

Rosa Perelmuter has been director of MURAP since 2006. She is was born in Cuba, completed high school and college in Boston, and received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Michigan. As Professor of Spanish American Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, she writes and teaches about Colonial authors ranging from Columbus to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. She is the author of two books on the latter, the acclaimed “Tenth Muse” of seventeenth-century Mexico: Noche intelectual: La oscuridad idiomática en el “Primero sueño” and Los límites de la femineidad en Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Estrategias retóricas y recepción literaria. Prof. Perelmuter’s many articles have appeared in national and international academic journals. After serving as a MURAP mentor for over a decade, she became its Interim Director in 2005, and has been Director of the program since September 2006. While she tries to keep up with her teaching, departmental and MURAP duties she is attempting to forge ahead with her research agenda, which includes two very different book-length studies. One centers on a celebrated sixteenth-century epic poem written in Chile, tentatively titled “The Rhetoric of Space in Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga’s La Araucana: Nature, Science and Ideology.” The other is a historical personal memoir of the Jewish community in Cuba and has the working title of “Growing Up Jewish in Havana: Culture, Identity and Community.”

Silpa Reddy Guda

Website Manager

Silpa-staff photo

Silpa Reddy manages content and design functions for the IAAR website. She holds an undergraduate degree in Information Technology from SRM University, India. Currently, she is enrolled as a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill, pursuing a Masters degree in Information Science. She aims to pursue a career in Business Analysis. Her research interests include Information Retrieval and Analysis.

Natalie Bullock Brown

Assistant Professor of Film & Broadcast Media

Saint Augustine's University

Claude A. Clegg III

Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor

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

Cassandra R. Davis

Research Associate

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

Rebecka Rutledge Fisher

Associate Professor

Department of English & Comparative Literature, UNC-CH

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

Jonathan Livingston

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology, North Carolina Central University

Geniece Crawford Monde

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Department of Sociology, Wingate University

Chaitra Powell

African American Collections and Outreach Archivist

Southern Historical Collection- Wilson Library, UNC-CH

Carmen Samuel-Hodge

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Nutrition, UNC-CH

Melissa Stuckey

Assistant Professor of History

Elizabeth City State University

Erika K. Wilson

Associate Professor of Law

UNC School of Law