New Faculty Fellows Join CURS

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The Center for Urban & Regional Studies is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to our Faculty Fellows program, which brings together scholars from over 20 departments across the UNC campus.

Whitney B. Afonso is an assistant professor in the School of Government and teaches classes in Public Financial picture of Whitney AfonsoManagement and Economics for Public Administrators at the Carolina MPA program. Professor Afonso’s research focuses on the intersection of public administration and economics, and pays special attention to how tax policy chosen at the state and local level affects both citizen and government behavior. She was recently nominated for the School of Government’s Albert and Gladys Coates Term Award for Faculty Excellence.

picture of Torin MonahanTorin Monahan hails from the Department of Communication Studies and now represents CURS as both a Faculty Fellow and the CURS 2014-2015 Scholar-in-Residence. Dr. Monahan’s research investigates the ways in which surveillance and security programs tend to reproduce social inequalities. He is a winner of the Surveillance Studies Book Prize, and currently serves as associate editor of the leading academic journal on surveillance, Surveillance & Society.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Ann Olson holds joint appointments in Geography and Global Studies. picture of Elizabeth Ann Olson Dr. Olson’s research interests involve, as she puts it, “ethics, religion, and young people – sometimes in intersection with each other, and often in relation to themes of development and inequality.” She’s used filmmaking and photography to explore the way economically deprived young people encounter religion and spirituality in the United Kingdom. Dr. Olson’s new work explores youth caregivers in the U.S.

picture of Andrew WhittemoreAndrew Whittemore, Assistant Professor in the Department of City & Regional Planning, teaches in the Placemaking and Real Estate Development specialization. Dr. Whittemore investigates the politics associated with planning for neighborhood change and how communities understand and use regulatory approaches in guiding development. He is both illustrator and co-author of an MIT Press book entitled American Urban Form: A Representative History.

CURS welcomes each of these scholars to our family of more than 80 Faculty Fellows. Find out more about our Faculty Fellows program.