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Faculty Affiliates

Faculty Affiliates


Deb Aikat

Deb Aikat

Hussman School of Journalism and Media
Deb Aikat is an associate professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. His work theorizes the role of digital media in the global sphere and his research ranges across media.
Jay Aikat

Jay Aikat

Department of Computer Science
Jay Aikat is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and a research associate professor in the Department of Computer Science.
Travis Albriton

Travis Albriton

School of Social Work
Travis Albritton is a clinical associate professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the School of Social Work. He currently chairs the School of Social Work’s Diversity Committee and serves on the University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. His research interests include educational equity in K-12 education, academic achievement among Black males, and closing educational opportunity gaps for children of all ages.
Emily Boehm

Emily Boehm

Department of Biology
Emily Boehm is an educational developer and evolutionary biologist working with faculty members to bring active and inclusive learning methods to their classrooms, and leads the CFE’s initiatives for faculty new to UNC. She also serves as the co-facilitator for the Faculty Administrator Development Program.
Allison De Marco

Allison De Marco

School of Social Work
Allison De Marco is an adjunct faculty at the School of Social Work and an advanced research scientist at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Her research focuses on racial equity, poverty, neighborhood effects, work and family, and well-being for residents of rural communities. She examines issues of economic transitions and family work conditions and their effects on families in rural communities.
David Delaney

David Delaney

Curriculum Peace, War, and Defense
David Delaney is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense. His teaching and scholarship focus on U.S. and international law, national/homeland security decision-making, cybersecurity, and leadership in government organizations. David is an army veteran and served as Deputy Associate General Counsel in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Victoria Ekstrand

Victoria Ekstrand

Hussman School of Journalism and Media
Victoria “Tori” Smith Ekstrand is an associate professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media, where she teaches courses on media law. Her research explores conflicts between copyright law and the First Amendment, particularly as they arise in journalism and social media. Her work is often grounded in critical legal theory, in which she examines the impact of law and policy on culture and media production.
Luca Flabbi

Luca Flabbi

Department of Economics
Luca Flabbi is an associate professor in the UNC Department of Economics. Dr. Flabbi is an applied microeconomist and econometrician with expertise in labor/population economics and in applied econometric methods.
Kurt Gray

Kurt Gray

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Kurt Gray is an Associate Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience, director of the Deepest Beliefs Lab and the Center for the Science of Moral Understanding. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Organizational Behavior at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he teaches about organizational ethics and team processes. Professor Gray researches how we perceive the minds of others and make moral judgments.
Suzanne Gulledge

Suzanne Gulledge

School of Education
Suzanne Gulledge is a clinical professor in the School of Education. She specializes in curriculum and instruction, experiential and global education and ethics and education.
Fabian Heitsch

Fabian Heitsch

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Fabian Heitsch is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy whose research interests range around astrophysical gas dynamics, or “IXM-physics”, where X stands for the letters (S,G,C). Currently, he and his students are working on models of the formation of molecular clouds and stars, the role of high velocity clouds for Galactic evolution, how to translate simulation results to the observational plane, and on some plasma-physics.
Marc Hetherington

Marc Hetherington

Department of Political Science
Marc Hetherington is a Raymond H. Dawson Distinguished Bicentennial Professor of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. His focus is on the American electorate and the polarization of public opinion.
Kelly Hogan

Kelly Hogan

Department of Biology
Kelly Hogan is the Associate Dean of Instructional Innovation for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is also Director of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, and a professor in the Biology Department.
Tanya Jisa

Tanya Jisa

School of Social Work
Tanya Jisa is a clinical associate professor in the School of Social Work and a community education coordinator for the Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab. Her research and professional interests include social entrepreneurship, social justice, racial equity, cooperative economics, and prison abolition.
Matthew Kotzen

Matthew Kotzen

Department of Philosophy
Matthew Kotzen is an associate professor and department chair in the Department of Philosophy.  He has research interests in epistemology, philosophy of science, and related topics in philosophy of mind and language.
Lloyd Kramer

Lloyd Kramer

Department of History
Lloyd Kramer is a professor in the Department of History and Directory of Carolina Public Humanities. His interests focus on Modern European History with an emphasis on nineteenth0century France. He is particularly interested in historical processes that shape cultural identities, including the experiences of cross-cultural exchange and the emergence of modern nationalism. 
Jennifer Larson

Jennifer Larson

Department of English & Comparative Literature
Jennifer Larson is a teaching assistant professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Her teaching and research interests include African-American literature (especially African American drama), Film Studies (especially race in contemporary cinema), American literature, and Composition (espeically writing in/about law).
Douglas MacKay

Douglas MacKay

Department of Public Policy
Doug MacKay is an associate professor in the Department of Public Policy. His research and teaching interests concern questions at the intersection of justice and public policy. He is currently working on projects concerning the justice of economic inequality – both domestic and global; the ethics of immigration policy; priority setting in health care; the ethics of international clinical research; and justice in the division of responsibilities within federal systems of government.
Kevin McGuire

Kevin McGuire

Department of Political Science
Kevin McGuire is a professor in the Department of Political science who teaches courses on the U.S. Supreme Court and American constitutional law. His current research interests include the effect of the Court’s institutional arrangements on the Court’s policymaking, the impact of public opinion on the Court, and the measurement and modeling of judicial outcomes. 
Aimee McHale

Aimee McHale

Public Health Leadership Program
Aimee McHale is an assistant professor in the Public Health Leadership Program and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She is an attorney and public health professional with expertise in health policy and special interests in health equity, social justice, and the health needs of vulnerable populations, including in the LGBT community. 
Michael Morgan

Michael Morgan

Department of History
Michael Morgan is an associate professor in the Department of History. He specializes in modern international and global history, teaching courses on the history of diplomacy and international politics, the Cold War, and the history of human rights. 
Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts

Department of Political Science
Jason Roberts is a professor and acting department chair in the Department of Political Science. He specializes in American political institutions, with an emphasis on the U.S. Congress.
Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Department of Political Science
Tim Ryan is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. His research interests relate to public opinion, political behavior, and political psychology.
Aaron Shapiro

Aaron Shapiro

Department of Communication
Aaron Shapiro is an assistant professor of technology studies in the Department of Communication. He researches and teaches about connections across technology, society, culture, and political economy, and especially technology’s relationship to urban space, infrastructure, and inequality. 
Lindsey Smith Taillie

Lindsey Smith Taillie

Department of Nutrition
Lindsey Smith Taillie is an assistant professor in the department of nutrition. She is a nutrition epidemiologist whose work focuses on evaluating food policy efforts in the US and globally, and how these influence disparities in diet and obesity. Her work uses a combination of randomized controlled trials and natural experimental studies using large datasets on food purchases and intake to evaluate and inform food policy to prevent obesity.
Lance Thurlow

Lance Thurlow

Adams School of Dentistry
Lance Thurlow is an Assistant Professor in the Adams School of Dentistry. He is interested in defining the metabolic basis for bacterial virulence potential and understanding the metabolic reprogramming of innate immune cells required to prevent infection. He is also interested in how metabolic dynamics change during infections in populations at high risk for infection, such as individuals with diabetes.
Emma Tzioumis

Emma Tzioumis

Department of Nutrition
Emma Tzioumis is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and a Research Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She is interested in maternal and child nutrition, globally and locally. Her research includes the dual burden of malnutrition, complementary feeding practices, and maternal experiences in the perinatal period. She is involved in ongoing efforts to support and advance women in academia and improve faculty well-being.
Michael Vazquez

Michael Vazquez

Department of Philosophy
Michael Vazquez is a teaching assistant professor and director of outreach for the Department of Philosophy. His research interests span ancient philosophy, ethics & moral philosophy, philosophy of education, and democratic theory. As an educator he specializes in experiential education & service-learning in higher education, pre-college pedagogy, learning across the lifespan, and civic education. He is committed to forging lasting, democratic, and collaborative partnerships between the academy and the community, and to cultivating the philosophical voices of people of all ages.