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Faculty Affiliates

Africanist Faculty

This page contains an alphabetical listing of faculty members at UNC-Chapel Hill who have research or teaching interests in Africa. In addition to this resource, UNC Global maintains the International Faculty Expertise Database, which allows users to search by various criteria to find faculty members with particular specializations.

Linda Adair

linda_adair@unc.edu
Professor, Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Maternal and child nutrition in developing countries; environmental influences on child health; developmental origins of adult disease. Relevant Courses Taught: NUTR 745, International Nutrition; NUTR 808, Global Cardiometabolic Disease Seminar.

Simon Alder

salder@email.unc.edu
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Economics
Specialization: Economic development, including China/Africa economic policy and development.

Thomas Alexander

talex@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Specialization: Pediatric hematology and oncology; leukemia, lymphoma, genomics and developmental therapeutics; improving diagnostic capabilities in low- and middle-income countries.

Ashley Anderson

aaanders@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Specialization: Comparative politics, Middle East and North African politics, contentious politics, political economy of authoritarian regimes. Relevant Courses Taught: POLI 130, Introduction to Comparative Politics.

Gustavo Angeles

gustavo_angeles@unc.edu
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health; Research Associate Professor, Public Policy
Specialization: Impact evaluation of health and social development programs; causal analysis; estimation techniques to control for sources of bias in impact estimates; health economics; cash transfers.

David Ansong

ansong@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Specialization: Educational and economic disparities, youth asset development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Relevant Courses Taught: SOWO 793, Asset Development Practice and Policy.

Idris Assani

assani@email.unc.edu
Professor, Mathematics
Specialization: Ergodic theory; probability theory. Relevant Experience: World Bank-ACE project to select and finance STEM research centers of excellence in Africa; Organized collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.

Marianne Baernholdt

baernhol@email.unc.edu
Professor and Associate Dean of Global Initiatives, School of Nursing
Specialization: Factors affecting safety and quality of care in rural areas in the US and abroad.

Navin Bapat

bapat@unc.edu
Dowd Professor of Peace and War in Political Science; Chair, Curriculum of Peace, War, and Defense
Specialization: Political conflict, insurgency, terrorism, interstate conflict, economic conflict, state building. Relevant Courses Taught: POLI 444/PWAD 444, Seminar on Terrorism; POLI 452, Africa and International Conflict.

Janine Barden-O’Fallon

bardenof@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Family planning and reproductive health; evaluation in international health and development. Relevant Courses Taught: PUBH 714 , Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs.

Clare Barrington

cbarring@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Qualitative evaluation of social cash transfer programs; qualitative data analysis; global health.

Joy Noel Baumgartner

joy.baumgartner@unc.edu
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Specialization: Integrated health and social service interventions addressing mental health, HIV, reproductive health, maternal and child health, and gender-based violence in sub-Saharan Africa.

Neil Bilotta

bilotta@email.unc.edu
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Specialization: Social inclusion and culturally responsive ethics of social work; impact of racism and colonialism on research methodologies and social work interventions with refugees and asylum seekers. Relevant Courses Taught: SOWO 881, Development Theory and Practice in Global Settings.

Raphael Birya

rbirya@email.unc.edu
Teaching Assistant Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: Swahili language instruction; terrorism in Africa. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; AAAD 102, Introduction to Media in Africa; AAAD 202, African Film and Performance; AAAD 312, Terrorism in Africa; SWAH 401-402, Elementary Kiswahili; SWAH 403-404, Intermediate Kiswahili; SWAH 405-406, Advanced Kiswahili; SWAH 408, Kiswahili LAC.

Cheryl Bolick

cbolick@unc.edu
Associate Professor, School of Education
Specialization: Digital curriculum materials; experiential education in social studies teacher education; Co-PI Oak Foundation grant “K-5 digital learning of contemporary Africa using technology.”

Karen Booth

kmbooth@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Specialization: Gender, sexuality, globalization and underdevelopment; transnational feminisms; HIV/AIDS; reproductive health; human rights. Relevant Courses Taught: WGST 388, The International Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health; WGST 583, Gender and Imperialism; WGST 610, Feminism, Sexuality, and Human Rights.

Ross Boyce

ross_boyce@med.unc.edu
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine
Specialization: Public health and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases (i.e. malaria) in rural sub-Saharan Africa; diagnosis and management of tick-borne illnesses; GIS mapping of malarial hot spots.

Lydia Boyd

lydia.boyd@unc.edu
Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: African ethnography and social history; gender and sexuality; medical anthropology; visual anthropology; ethnographic film; urban Africa; religion; Uganda. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; AAAD 200/WGST 200, Gender and Sexuality in Africa; AAAD 210, African Belief Systems: Religion and Philosophy in Sub-Saharan Africa; AAAD 300, Cultures of Health and Healing in Africa; AAAD 387, HIV/AIDS in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Joe Brown

joebrown@unc.edu
Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Environmental health microbiology; the use of fecal waste streams in public health surveillance.

Samba Camara

camaras@unc.edu
Teaching Assistant Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: African literature and culture, Islam, music, Wolof language instruction. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; AAAD 201, The Literature of Africa; AAAD 202, African Film and Performance; AAAD 259, Black Influences on Popular Culture; AAAD 288, Black Popular Cultures: Global Scopes; AAAD 303, Islamic Cultures in Contemporary Africa; AAAD 414, Senegalese Society and Culture; WOLO 401-402, Beginning Wolof; WOLO 403-404, Intermediate Wolof; WOLO 405-406, Advanced Wolof.

Martha Carlough

martha_carlough@med.unc.edu
Director, Office of Global Health Education, School of Medicine; Professor, Family Medicine, School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Maternal and Child Health and Public Health Leadership, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Family medicine and reproductive health, skilled birth attendant training and assessment, obstetric and newborn care, malaria and pregnancy, prevention of maternal to child HIV transmission. Relevant Courses Taught: PUBH 704, Foundations of Global Health; GLBE 405 (Course Director) Comparative Health Systems, Africa; GLBE 477 (Course Director) Global Primary Care, Africa.

Youssef Carter

youssefcarter@unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Religious Studies; Kenan Rifai Fellow in Islamic Studies
Specialization: Sufism and Islam in West Africa and the United States. Relevant Courses Taught: RELI 64, First Year Seminar: Re-Introducing Islam; RELI 181, Modern Muslim Societies ; RELI 232, Shrines and Pilgrimages.

Anthony Charles

anthony_charles@med.unc.edu
Oliver R. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Surgery
Specialization: Trauma, critical care and acute care surgery; global surgical burden of diseases, particularly in vulnerable populations of sub-Saharan Africa.

Benjamin Chi

benjamin_chi@med.unc.edu
Professor of Global Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
Specialization: Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, HIV care and treatment.

Gina Chowa

chowa@email.unc.edu
Johnson Howard Adair Distinguished Professor, School of Social Work
Specialization: International social development; youth asset development; financial inclusion. Relevant Courses Taught: SOWO 793, Asset Development Practice and Policy; SOWO 881, Development Theory and Practice in Global Settings.

Claude Clegg

cclegg@email.unc.edu
Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor, History; Professor and Chair, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: African and African-American History, particularly migration, diaspora, nationalism, and social mobilization amongst peoples of African descent. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 130, Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies; AAAD 487, Intellectual Currents in African and African Diaspora Studies; AAAD 691H, Honors Research I.

Myron Cohen

myron_cohen@med.unc.edu
Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Immunology and Epidemiology;
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health; Director, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases
Specialization: Biology and epidemiology of transmission of STD pathogens, including HIV.

Patrick Conway

patrick_conway@unc.edu
Professor, Economics
Specialization: Problems of developing and transition economies, the impact of IMF adjustment programs on developing economies, international trade and finance. Relevant Courses Taught: ECON 460/EURO 460/PWAD 460, International Economics; ECON 560, Advanced International Economics.

Amy Cooke

acooke@email.unc.edu
Teaching Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Environment, Ecology, and Energy
Specialization: Political and human ecology in Eastern Africa, natural resources, agriculture and food security issues, and conservation. Relevant Courses Taught: ENEC 204, Environmental Seminar; ENEC 266, Contemporary Africa: Issues in Health, Population, and the Environment; ENEC 325, Water Resource Management and Human Rights; ENEC 370, Agriculture and the Environment; ENEC 490, Special Topics in Environmental Science and Studies.

Dionne Cross Francis

dicross@unc.edu
Associate Professor, School of Education
Specialization: Design and implementation of P-16 educator professional development initiatives.

Sian Curtis

sian_curtis@unc.edu
Associate Professor, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: International maternal and child health; contraceptive use; and infant mortality. Relevant Courses Taught: MHCH 680, Global Sexual and Reproductive Health; MHCH 716, International Family Planning and Reproductive Health.

Sarah Dempsey

sedempse@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Specialization: Communication, collaboration, and representation in relation to nonprofit, community-based, and gendered forms of organizing. Recent projects investigate the negotiation of accountability and grassroots representation by international NGOs, gendered representations of communication technologies, and the role of difference within transnational feminism. Relevant Courses Taught: COMM 625, Communication and Nonprofits in the Global Context.

Gina Difino

HonorsBurch@unc.edu
Director, Global Education and Fellowships, Honors Carolina
Specialization: Providing guidance to students embarking on international experiences and working with faculty to develop new programs. Relevant Experience: Coordinates the Burch Fellowship Program, which allows students to design their own internship or research experience anywhere in the world, and Burch Field Research Seminars.

Karine Dubé

karine_dube@med.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Public Health Leadership Program, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Ebola and HIV prevention and cure research program management. Relevant Courses Taught: PUBH 710, Introduction to Global Health Ethics; PUBH 711, Critical Issues in Global Public Health; PUBH 712, Global Health Ethics; PUBH 725, The HIV/AIDS Course Online.

Jess Edwards

jkedwar@email.unc.edu
Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Quantitative epidemiologic methods to improve public health, particularly in the area of HIV.

Doria El Kerdany

elkerdan@email.unc.edu
Teaching Associate Professor and Arabic Language Coordinator, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Specialization: Egyptian colloquial Arabic; Arabic instruction. Relevant Courses Taught: ARAB 203, Intermediate Arabic; ARAB 300, Arabic Grammar and Composition; ARAB 306, Advanced Arabic; ARAB 407-408, Readings in Arabic.

Joanneke Elliott

joanneke@email.unc.edu
African Studies and West European Studies Librarian, UNC Libraries
Specialization: Research and Instructional Services.

Michael Emch

emch@unc.edu
W.R. Kenan Jr., Distinguished Professor, Geography; Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Medical geography; spatial epidemiology. Relevant Courses Taught: GEOG 52, First-Year Seminar: Political Ecology of Health and Disease; GEOG 222, Health and Medical Geography.

Barbara Entwisle

entwisle@unc.edu
Kenan Distinguished Professor, Sociology
Specialization: Social, natural, and built environments and their consequences for demographic and health outcomes.

Carl Ernst

cernst@email.unc.edu
William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor, Religious Studies
Specialization: Islamic studies, premodern and contemporary Sufism. Relevant Experience: Co-Director of the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. Relevant Courses Taught: RELI 180/ASIA 180, Introduction to Islamic Civilization; RELI 581, Sufism.

Michael Fisher

fishermb@email.unc.edu
William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor, Religious Studies
Specialization: Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health. Relevant Courses Taught: ENVR 525, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Global Health.

Greg Gangi

ggangi@email.unc.edu
Teaching Professor, Environment, Ecology and Energy; Associate Director for Clean Technology & Innovation, UNC Institute for the Environment
Specialization: Experiential education; conservation; environmental policy. Relevant Courses Taught: ENEC 204, Environmental Seminar; ENEC 325, Water Resource Management and Human Rights; ENEC 490, Special Topics in Environmental Studies.

Jennifer Gates-Foster

jgatesfoster@unc.edu
Associate Professor, Classics
Specialization: Archaeology of the Near East and Egypt in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Relevant Courses Taught: ARTH 242, Archaeology of Egypt; CLAR 480, Egypt after the Pharaohs.

Cynthia Gay

cynthia_gay@med.unc.edu
Clinical Associate Professor, School of Medicine; Medical Director, UNC HIV Cure Center
Specialization: Programmatic detection and management of acute HIV infection (AHI); immunologic and virologic events during AHI to inform vaccine development.

Emily Gower

egower@unc.edu
Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Global health and ocular epidemiology; improving trichiasis surgery outcomes for individuals with trachoma, which is the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide.

Michelle L. Gravatt

gravatt@email.unc.edu
Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Romance Studies; UNC-Chapel Hill Languages Across the Curriculum Director; UNC-Chapel Hill Language Exchange Campus Manager.

Clark Gray

cgray@email.unc.edu
Professor, Geography
Specialization: Population, environment, and development; survey and statistical methods, household well-being, environmental change; human dimensions of soil degradation. Relevant Courses Taught: GEOG/ENEC 437; Social Vulnerability to Climate Change; ENEC 567, Ecological Analyses and Application.

Suzanne Gulledge

sgulledg@email.unc.edu
Professor, School of Education
Specialization: Middle grades education; curriculum and instruction; pedagogy; reflective practice; supervision; global studies. Relevant Courses Taught: EDUC 526, Ethics and Education: From Global Problems to Classroom Dilemmas.

Carolyn Halpern

carolyn_halpern@unc.edu
Professor and Chair, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Adolescent and young adult sexuality and risk-taking in both U.S. and global settings.

Sudhanshu Handa

shanda@email.unc.edu
Kenan Eminent Professor, Public Policy; Adjunct Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies; Co-Director, African Studies Center
Specialization: Human development in low income and international settings; population and human resource economics; social policy; social protection and safety nets. Relevant Courses Taught: PLCY 60 FYS: Understanding Poverty; PLCY 485, Poverty, Health, and Human Development in Low Income Countries; PLCY 799, Selected Topics in Public Policy.

Mamie Harris

msharris@med.unc.edu
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health Leadership Program
Relevant Experience: Coordinator, Malawi Language and Culture Workshop.

Abigail Hatcher

abbeymae@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: HIV care and treatment in the context of intimate partner violence and poverty.

Jennifer Hazen

jmhazen@email.unc.edu
Research Associate Professor, Public Policy
Specialization: Counter-terrorism and rebel movements in Africa; conflict dynamics, post-conflict peacebuilding. Relevant Courses Taught: PWAD 364, Post-Conflict and Peacebuilding; PWAD 673, Post-Conflict Security Challenges.

Irving Hoffman

irving_hoffman@med.unc.edu
Professor, School of Medicine
Specialization: Global public health approaches to HIV and STD treatment and prevention; malaria vaccine efficacy and surveillance. Relevant Experience: International Director, UNC Project-Malawi; Director of International Operations, UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Relevant Courses Taught: MEDI 423 (Course Co-Director) Advance Practice Medicine, Malawi.

Mina Hosseinipour

mina_hosseinipour@med.unc.edu
Clinical Professor, School of Medicine
Specialization: Management of HIV disease in developing countries including prevention, interactions with endemic diseases, treatment of opportunistic infections including malignancies and monitoring strategies for antiretroviral therapy. Relevant Courses Taught: MEDI 423 (Course Co-Director) Advance Practice Medicine, Malawi.

Shakirah Hudani

shudani@unc.edu
Assistant Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: African urbanism and post-conflict urban change in East Africa. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 290, Topics in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies; AAAD 391, Human Development and Sustainability in Africa and the African Diaspora; AAAD 392, Struggles to Shape the City; AAAD 492/PLAN 576, Urbanism in the Global South.

Lauren Jarvis

ljarvis@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, History
Specialization: History of religion in sub-Saharan Africa, with an emphasis on twentieth-century South Africa; Nazareth Baptist Church in South Africa. Relevant Courses Taught: HIST 130, Modern African History; HIST 279, Modern South Africa; HIST 340, Ethics and Business in Africa; HIST 534, The African Diaspora; HIST 815, Topics in African History.

Joseph Jordan

jfjordan@email.unc.edu
Vice Provost for Academic and Community Engagement
Specialization: Cultural politics of race, identity and artistic production, explored through representations in visual and other creative arts. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 284, Contemporary Perspectives on the African Diaspora in the Americas.

Mark Katz

mkatz@email.unc.edu
John P. Barker Distinguished Professor, Music
Specialization: Music and technology, contemporary popular music, musical diplomacy.
Relevant Experience: U.S. Department of State funding to create and run Next Level, a program that sends American hip-hop artists abroad, including to African nations, to foster cultural exchange, conflict prevention, and entrepreneurship.

Alan (Bud) Kauffman

budk@email.unc.edu
Teaching Associate Professor in Arabic, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Specialization: The effects of non-traditional grammar sequencing on students’ written output; incorporation of culture in Arabic courses via films, authentic texts, music; student engagement.
Relevant Courses Taught: ARAB 101-102, Elementary Arabic; ARAB 203-204 Intermediate Arabic; ARAB 305-306, Advanced Arabic; ARAB 308, Arabic LAC.

Thomas Kelley

takelley@email.unc.edu
James Dickson Phillips, Jr. Distinguished Prof., School of Law
Specialization: African customary law; law and development; comparative law; law of emerging nations; law of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy; and community development law. Relevant Courses Taught: LAW 457, African Law and Development.

Jason Kinnear

jkinnear@email.unc.edu
Assistant Dean and Interim Associate Dean of Study Abroad & Exchanges, Study Abroad
Specialization: Education abroad, service-learning and community engagement, program development and administration.

Beth-Ann Kutchma

bkutchma@email.unc.edu
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Carolina for Kibera
Specialization: Global education, grant administration, media development, and evaluation.

Michael Lambert

mlambert@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: Political anthropology, warfare, nationalism, migration, and urbanization. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 54, First-Year Seminar: African Migrations, Boundaries, Displacements, and Belonging; AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; AAAD 214, Africa Through the Ethnographic Lens; AAAD 315, Political Protest and Conflict in Africa.

Charlé LaMonica

lamonica@email.unc.edu
Director, UNC World View
Specialization: Connecting faculty and students to the global community by administering professional development programs in global education, both in the classroom and abroad.

Priscilla Layne

playne@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
Specialization: Postcolonial studies, gender studies and critical race theory; representations of Blackness in literature and film; the concept of the Other in science fiction/fantasy.

Paul Leslie

pwleslie@unc.edu
Pardue Distinguished Professor, Anthropology; Chair, Environment, Ecology and Energy
Specialization: Demography and reproduction, population biology/population genetics, and Sub-Saharan African pastoralism.

Lisa Lindsay

lalindsa@email.unc.edu
Professor and Chair, History
Specialization: Social history of Africa; the Atlantic slave trade; the African Diaspora; Nigeria. Relevant Courses Taught: HIST 83, First Year Seminar: African History through Popular Music; HIST 130, Modern African History; HIST 174H, Honors Seminar in African, Asian, and Middle Eastern History; HIST 243, The United States and Africa; HIST 278, The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; HIST 390, Topics in History; HIST 534: The African Diaspora; HIST 535, Women and Gender in African History; HIST 815, Topics in African History; HIST 890, Topics in History, Section: History of the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Scott Madry

madrys@email.unc.edu
Research Associate Professor, Anthropology
Specialization: Applications of remote sensing, GIS, GPS, and spatial analysis for cultural and environmental studies; disaster response and planning; and archaeological predictive modeling.

Carol Magee

cmagee@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Art and Art History
Specialization: History of contemporary and traditional African art; African urban photography. Relevant Courses Taught: ARTH 155, African Art Survey; ARTH 255, African Art and Culture; ARTH 280, Picture That: History of Photography from Tintypes to Instragram; ARTH 300, Art of African Independence; ARTH 353/AAAD 319/ANTH 343, Africa and Masks; ARTH 453/AAAD 486, Africa in the American Imagination; ARTH 488/AAAD 405, Contemporary African Art; ARTH 555, Urban Africa and Global Mobility; ARTH 750, Advanced Readings: Topics in the History of Art; ARTH 957, Seminar in African Art.

Arvind Malhotra

Arvind_Malhotra@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
H. Allen Andrew Professor of Entrepreneurial Education, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Specialization: The impact of digital innovations, knowledge management, virtual teams and inter-organizational partnerships; adoption of innovative technologies.

Suzanne Maman

maman@email.unc.edu
Professor, Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health; Associate Dean for Global Health
Specialization: Developing, implementing and evaluating HIV and violence prevention programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Amanda Maples

amanda.maples@ncdcr.gov
Visiting Instructor, Art and Art History
Specialization: African and diaspora arts and the politics of museum display. Relevant Experience: Curator of African Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Relevant Courses Taught: ARTH 155, African Art Survey.

Lucy Martin

lemartin@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Specialization: Taxation, development, & accountability in sub-Saharan Africa. Relevant Courses Taught: POLI 431, African Politics and Societies.

Stephanie L. Martin

slmartin@unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Nutrition, Gillings school of Global Public Health
Specialization: Design, implementation, and evaluation of social and behavioral interventions to improve nutrition during pregnancy, lactation, and childhood.

Rainier Masa

rmasa@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Specialization: Economic and social aspects of health in low-resource communities; social protection and assets. Relevant Courses Taught: SOWO 793, Asset Development Practice and Policy; SOWO 835, Poverty Policy.

Benjamin Meier

meierb@email.unc.edu
Professor, Public Policy; Professor, Health, Policy, and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Global health policy; Health services and systems regulation; ethics of public health research. Relevant Courses Taught: PLCY 76, First Year Seminar: Global Health Policy; PLCY 565/HPM 565, Global Health Policy; PLCY 570/HPM 571 Health and Human Rights.

Hassan Melehy

hmelehy@unc.edu
Professor, Romance Studies
Specialization: Early modern French and Francophone comparative literature, contemporary critical theory. Relevant Courses Taught: FREN 260, Literature and the French-Speaking World; FREN 262, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in the French-Speaking World.

Cliff Missen

missenc@email.unc.edu
Clinical Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science
Specialization: E-Resources and digital library projects in Africa. Relevant Experience: Director, The WiderNet Project. Relevant Courses Taught: INLS 539, Going the Last Mile: Information Access for Underserved Populations

Alicia Monroe

almonroe@email.unc.edu
Teaching Assistant Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: Afro-Atlantic visual and material culture; constructions of race in the Iberian-Atlantic world; urban slavery and emancipation; popular Catholicism; and African diasporic religious practices. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 130, Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies; AAAD 286 The African Diaspora in the Colonial Americas, 1450-1800.

Beth Moracco

moracco@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: The primary and secondary prevention of gender-based violence in the U.S. and global settings using qualitative and quantitative methods.

Benyam Muluneh

bmuluneh@unc.edu
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Specialization: Adherence to oral oncolytics and precision dosing in hematology/oncology patients. Relevant Experience: Co-Director, Ethiopia Pharmacy Alliance; preceptor for Global Pharmacy Scholar (GPS) experience in Ethiopia.

Mohamed Mwamzandi

mymzandi@email.unc.edu
Teaching Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: Pragmatics, morpho-syntax, corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, language documentation and preservation. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 201, Literature of Africa; AAAD 329, Islamic Cultures and Societies in East Africa; AAAD 421, Introduction to the Languages of Africa; SWAH 401-402, Elementary Kiswahili; SWAH 403-404, Intermediate Kiswahili; SWAH 405-406, Advanced Kiswahili; SWAH 408, Kiswahili LAC.

Justin Myers

justin_myers@med.unc.edu
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine;
Director, Global Health and Leadership Fellowship, Department of Emergency Medicine
Specialization: The burden of disease, triage and ultrasound development, youth violence and the public health determinants of acute illness in the East/South Africa regions. Relevant Courses Taught: ERMD 409 (Course Director) International Elective in Emergency Medicine; ERMD 414 (Course Director) Emergency Care in East Africa.

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

ndaliko@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Geography
Specialization: Black geographies; decolonial praxes; indigeneity and sustainable farming; Black Atlantic world; media and socio-political action; radical arts interventions in conflict regions. Relevant Courses Taught: GEOG 232, Agriculture, Food, and Society; GEOG 268, Geography of Africa; GEOG 480, Liberation Geographies: The Place, Politics, and Practice of Resistance.

Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja

nzongola@email.unc.edu
Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: African politics; governance; development policy and administration. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; AAAD 212, Africa in the Global System; AAAD 307, 21st Century Scramble for Africa; AAAD 312, Terrorism in Africa; AAAD 396, Independent Study; AAAD 400, Contemporary African Politics.

Max Owre

owre@email.unc.edu
Executive Director, Carolina Public Humanities; Teaching Assistant Professor, History
Specialization: Early 19th century French politics. Relevant Courses Taught: HIST 130, Modern African History; HIST 312, History of France and Algeria; HIST 390, Topics in History.

Angela Parcesepe

angela_parcesepe@unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: The impact of substance-abuse disorders on HIV treatment outcomes in low-resource settings.

Jonathan Parr

jonathan_parr@med.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine
Specialization: The molecular epidemiology of malaria and the evolution of “diagnostic-resistant” strains of Plasmodium falciparum.

Brian Pence

bpence@unc.edu
Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Global mental health; mental health treatment interventions for vulnerable populations; the intersection of mental illness with other health crises included the HIV and opioid epidemics. Relevant Courses Taught: HBEH 784, Implementation Science in Global Health.

Susan Pennybacker

pennybac@email.unc.edu
Chalmers W. Poston Distinguished Professor of History
Specialization: The political culture of modern Britain and the former British empire, including archival research and ethnographic study in the UK, New Delhi, Port of Spain, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Audrey Pettifor

apettif@email.unc.edu
Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: HIV prevention among young women in South Africa; structural interventions for HIV prevention; behaviors of individuals with Acute HIV Infection and behavioral interventions. Relevant Experience: NIH collaboration/training grant to create a new Masters of Science with a concentration in epidemiology at Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg (2014-2019); Principal Investigator, NIH, Multilevel mechanisms of HIV acquisition in young South African women (2016-2017). Relevant Courses Taught: EPID 756, Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries.

John Pickles

jpickles@unc.edu
Daniel W. Patterson Distinguished Professor, Geography
Specialization: Regional development; post-socialism; economic geographies and industrial change; apparel industry; migration and borders in Euro-Med; research and teaching focus primarily on issues of geographical and social change. Relevant Courses Taught: GEOG 805, Research Seminar in International Area Studies, Development, and Globalization.

David Pier

dpier@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: African music, politics of cultural production in Africa, ethnomusicology, music and dance in Uganda. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 53, First-Year Seminar: Experimentalism in Global Black Music and Performance Arts; AAAD 101, Introduction to Africa; AAAD 318, Politics of Art in Africa; AAAD 320, Music of Africa.

Barry Popkin

popkin@unc.edu
W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Economic and epidemiological analysis of trends in dietary intake, physical activity and body composition around the world; obesity economics and epidemiology. Relevant Courses Taught: NUTR 745, International Nutrition.

Kimberly Powers

powersk@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Mathematical models to predict the impact of HIV prevention interventions on HIV transmission. Relevant Courses Taught: EPID 755, Introduction to Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

Rohit Ramaswamy

ramaswam@email.unc.edu
Professor, Public Health Leadership Program, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Program process management, statistical analysis, and organizational development. Methods and tools for implementation of global health programs, quality improvement of health systems, use of technology. Relevant Courses Taught: PUBH 711, Critical Issues in Global Public Health; PUBH 714, Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs.

Stuart Rennie

stuart_rennie@dentistry.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Social Medicine, School of Medicine
Specialization: Research ethics and bioethics in the developing world.

Paul Roberge

ptr@email.unc.edu
Professor, Germanic Languages and Linguistics
Specialization: Historical linguistics; pidgin and creole languages; language and society; Germanic languages; Afrikaans. Relevant Courses Taught: GSLL 252, South Africa in Literary Perspective; LING 542 /ANTH 542, Pidgins and Creoles.

Caroline Robinson

robinsoc@email.unc.edu
Teaching Assistant Professor, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Specialization: Arabic language instruction; teaching Arabic as a second language. Relevant Courses Taught: ARAB 101-102, Elementary Arabic; ARAB 203-204, Intermediate Arabic; ARAB 308, Arabic LAC.

Nora Rosenberg

nrosenbe@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Developing, implementing, and evaluating HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs in Sub-Saharan Africa; contact tracing, partner services, and health worker capacity-building. Relevant Courses Taught: HBEH 780, Program Planning and Proposal Development for Global Health.

Victoria L. Rovine

vrovine@email.unc.edu
Professor, Art and Art History; Adjunct Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies;
Co-Director, African Studies Center
Specialization: African art with a focus on African textiles and dress practices; Africa’s presence in Western visual culture. Relevant Courses Taught: ARTH 155, African Art Survey; ARTH 200/CLAR 200, Art and Fashion from Rome to Timbuktu; ARTH 255, African Art and Culture; ARTH 291, Art, Culture, and Power in Africa; ARTH 294, Arts of Southern Africa; ARTH 297, Clothing and Textiles in Africa; ARTH 299, Arts of West Africa; ARTH 303, Art and Colonialism: France in Africa/Africa in France; ARTH 353, Africa and Masks; ARTH 488/AAAD 405, Contemporary African Art; ARTH 750, Topics in the History of Art; ARTH 957, Seminar in African Art.

Aalyia Sadruddin

aalyia@unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Specialization: Aging, care, and political culture in postconflict societies; the experiences of elderly women and men in Rwanda who witnessed multiple episodes of political and ethnic conflict.

Eunice Sahle

eunice@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: International political economy; international relations; comparative political economy of development. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 403, Human Rights: Theories and Practices in Africa; AAAD 410, Gender, Sexuality, and Development in Contemporary Africa.

Aaron Salzberg

salzbergaa@unc.edu
Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora StudiesDirector, Water Institute; Jennifer And Don Holzworth Distinguished Professor, Environmental Sciences And Engineering
Specialization: Drinking water and waste water technology, operational hydrology, the water-energy-food nexus, transboundary water and conflict, international policy/negotiations. Relevant Courses Taught: ENVR 582, Sanitation for Development.

Brigitte Seim

bseim@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Public Policy
Specialization: Accountability in consolidating democracies; strategic responses of political officials to anti-corruption interventions. Relevant Courses Taught: GLBL 88, First-Year Seminar: Beg, Borrow, and Steal: The Political Economy of Aid, FDI, and Corruption; GLBL 701, Political Economy of Development; PLCY 110, Global Policy Issues; PLCY 581, Research Design for Public Policy.

Daniel Sherman

dsherman@email.unc.edu
Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Art and History
Specialization: Museums, monuments and commemorative practices; the connections between archaeology, empire, and the media. Relevant Courses Taught: ARTH 514, Monuments and Memory.

Sarah Shields

sshields@email.unc.edu
Professor, History
Specialization: Nationalism in the Middle East; Islamic civilization; Middle East history; economic and social history of the Ottoman Arab provinces. Relevant Courses Taught: HIST 138/ASIA 138, History of Muslim Societies to 1500; HIST 139/ASIA 139, History of Muslim Societies since 1500; HIST 202, Borders and Crossings; HIST 276/ASIA 276, The Modern Middle East; HIST 890, Graduate Seminar- Section Title: Diversity and Conformity in Muslim Societies.

Kavita Singh-Ongechi

singhk@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Evaluation of maternal and child health and HIV prevention programs. Relevant Courses Taught: MHCH 722, Global Maternal and Child Health.

Jennifer S. Smith

jsssmith@email.unc.edu
Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Infectious disease and reproductive health epidemiology, with a particular focus on human papillomavirus and herpes simplex virus type-2; studies of HPV in less-developed countries. Relevant Courses Taught: EPID 760, Vaccine Epidemiology.

Ilene Speizer

speizer@email.unc.edu
Research Professor, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Family planning, HIV prevention, intimate partner violence and adolescent reproductive health. Relevant Courses Taught: MHCH 680, Global Sexual and Reproductive Health.

David Steeb

dsteeb@email.unc.edu
DDirector of Global Engagement and Clinical Associate Professor, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Specialization: Global pharmacy education and training, curriculum development in pharmacy and global health. Relevant Experience: Directs the UNC Global Pharmacy Scholars program.

Ronald Strauss

ron_strauss@unc.edu
Executive Vice Provost; Professor, Social Medicine, School of Medicine;
Dental Friends Distinguished Professor of Dental Ecology, School of Dentistry
Specialization: Social and psychological impacts of facial differences and craniofacial conditions; stigmatization; cleft palate and craniofacial prosthetics; ethical issues in research; Malawi Dental Project. Relevant Experience: Faculty Director, UNC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR); Faculty Advisor, UNC Malawi Dental Project. Relevant Courses Taught: PUBH 420, AIDS: Principles and Practices; PUBH 720, The HIV/AIDS Course.

Jeffrey Stringer

jeff_stringer@unc.edu
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine; Director, Division of Global Women’s Health
Specialization: Prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS clinical trials and epidemiology. Relevant Experience: Founded the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ).

Gretchen Stuart

gstuart@med.unc.edu
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine; Chief, Division of Family Planning, School of Medicine
Specialization: Sexually transmitted infection, HIV/AIDS and contraception, family planning.

Angela Stuesse

astuesse@unc.edu
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Specialization: Neoliberal globalization; race, ethnicity, and identity; migration and immigration; human rights and labor in the U.S. Southwest, Latin America; Equatorial Guinea, and Central West Africa. Relevant Courses Taught: ANTH 102, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; GLBL 703, Global Migration and Labor Rights.

Kristine Taylor

kristitl@email.unc.edu
Teaching Assistant Professor of Portuguese, Romance Studies
Specialization: Foreign language teaching techniques, translation, cinema and Mozambican cultural production. Relevant Courses Taught: PORT 388, Portuguese, Brazilian, and African Identity in Film.

Kat Tumlinson

ktumlin@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: The relationship between the quality of family planning service delivery and contraceptive use dynamics in low-income countries.

Gretchen Van Vliet

gretchen_vanvliet@unc.edu
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health Leadership Program, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Global health, health communication, public health leadership. Relevant Courses Taught: PUBH 711, Critical Issues in Global Public Health.

Richard Vernon

rmvernon@email.unc.edu
Teaching Professor of Portuguese, Romance Studies
Specialization: Portuguese, Brazilian, and Luso-African authors from the 16th-20th century; Portuguese language instruction. Relevant Courses Taught: PORT 203, Intermediate Portuguese I; PORT 385, Lusophone Africa in Literature: Discovery to the Present; PORT 408, Portuguese LAC

Ana Vinea

anavinea@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Specialization: Revivalist Islamic therapies in Egypt; opiate addiction in Egypt; occult practices, religion, and popular culture in the Middle East. Relevant Course Taught: ARAB 150, Introduction to Arab Culture.

Sharon Weir

sharon_weir@unc.edu
Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Specialization: Social aspects of HIV transmission in developing countries. Relevant Courses Taught: EPID 757, Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in Developing Countries.

Colin West

ctw@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Specialization: Human ecology of global change; societal adaptation to the twin processes of global environmental and social change. Relevant Courses Taught: ENEC 237, Food, Environment, and Sustainability; ANTH 238/ENEC 238, Human Ecology of Africa; ANTH 419, Anthropological Applications of GIS; ANTH 459 /ENEC 459, Ecological Anthropology; ENEC 567, Ecological Analyses and Application.

Dale Whittington

dale_whittington@unc.edu
Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering Gillings School of Global Public Health;
Professor, City and Regional Planning
Specialization: Water and sanitation planning in developing countries; environmental policy. Relevant Courses Taught: PLAN 685/ENVR 685, Water and Sanitation Planning and Policy in Lesser Developed Countries.

Ronald Williams

rcw@email.unc.edu
Assistant Professor; African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Specialization: African American political thought; race and public policy; African Diaspora politics; race and U.S. foreign relations; and 20th Century African American history. Relevant Courses Taught: AAAD 130, Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies.

Nadia Yaqub

yaqub@email.unc.edu
Professor, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Specialization: Oral Arabic poetry; Modern Arabic literature and film. Relevant Courses Taught: ARAB 150, Introduction to Arab Culture; ARAB 151, Arabic Literature through the Ages; ARAB 337, Borders and Walls in the Arab World; ARAB 407-408, Readings in Arabic; ARAB 434, Modern Arabic Literature in Translation; ARAB 453, Film, Nation, and Identity in the Arab World

Chifundo Zimba

czimba@unclilongwe.org
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Nursing; Research Associate, Global Health and Infectious Diseases; Global Heath and Malawian Language and Culture Workshop Facilitator
Specialization: Global health nursing; prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV in Malawi; Malawian culture and language. Relevant Courses Taught: Malawian Language and Culture workshop, Chichewa Instruction.