Faculty Fellows

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More than 80 faculty members from over 20 departments across the UNC campus are affiliated with the Center through the Faculty Fellows program. At any time, these experts interested in urban and regional issues, along with Center staff and graduate students, are conducting approximately 40 research projects. The Center offers a wide range of services to Faculty Fellows and their students including support for research proposal development and submission, funded research project administration and research dissemination.

Whitney Afonso, Assistant Professor, School of Government
Ph.D. University of Georgia
Research: Public administration; public budgeting and finance; local government finance

Simon Alder, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
Ph.D. University of Zurich, Switzerland
Research: economic growth and development; trade; regional economics; political economy; macroeconomics; applied econometrics

Robert C. Allen, Professor, American Studies
Ph.D. University of Iowa
Research: Historical forms of popular culture and entertainment; development of forms of advertising; commercial cinema; consumer culture

Alice Ammerman, Director, Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Dr.PH. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research: Design and testing of innovative clinical and community-based nutrition and physical activity intervention approaches for chronic disease risk reduction in primarily low-income and minority populations

Glaire Anderson, Associate Professor, Art History
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research: History of early and medieval Islamic architecture and urbanism with a focus on the caliphal period; early Islamic Iberia and North Africa; women, eunuchs, and patronage in al-Andalus; the place of the medieval Islamic lands in a broader history of villas and villa cultures

Kenneth “Andy” Andrews, Professor, Sociology
Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook
Research: Organizational dimensions of social movements and the impacts of social movements on policitcal and social change

Florence E. Babb, Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo
Research: Cultural/economic/feminist anthropology; gender, race, and sexuality; critical development studies; urbanization in the global South; tourism studies; Latin American studies; Central America, Central Andes, Caribbean

Lawrence E. Band, Director, Institute for the Environment; Professor, Geography
Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles
Research: Interaction of hydrologic and ecosystem processes in mixed land-use watersheds; pattern and function of urban drainage systems in water and nutrient cycling; exploration of impacts of suburban development patterns on stream water quality.

Todd BenDor, Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research: Spatial and temporal analysis as a means for better understanding environmental systems and environmental policies and their problems.

Andrea Benjamin, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Ph.D. University Michigan
Research: Race and politics, elections and voting behavior, and public opinion.

Michele Tracy Berger, Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Ph.D. University of Michigan
Research: Politics of deviance; constitutional law; gender, drugs and culture; women, crime and deviance; feminist legal theory; women of color; women and politics.

Maureen Berner, Professor, School of Government
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
Research: Public administration and policy; federal budget policy; public sector; state and local budgeting with focus on social services; interconnection between government and nonprofits

Brian Billman, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D. University of California at Santa Barbara
Research: Prehistory of Andean South America; evolution of complex political organizations (chiefdoms, states and empires); causes and consequences of warfare; origins of social stratification; cultural ecology; settlement pattern analysis; and the prehistory of southwestern North America

John Charles Boger, Professor, School of Law
J.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research: Racial discrimination; residential segregation; poverty law; educational inequity

Raymond J. Burby, Professor Emeritus, City & Regional Planning
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research: Identification of factors affecting the adoption and effectiveness of measures to mitigate natural and technological hazards; development of improved procedures for involving citizens in urban and environmental planning; identifying factors that enhance the effectiveness smart growth and growth management systems; finding ways to counter environmental racism and injustice in planning and urban development decision-making; and improving the enforcement of and compliance with development management regulations

Kia Caldwell, Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies 
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin 
Research: Black feminism(s), African diaspora, HIV/AIDS, citizenship, and human rights

Neal Caren, Associate Professor, Sociology
Ph.D. New York University 
Research: Quantitative analysis of protest and social movements; intersection of place and political action; environmental justice movement and pollution disparities

Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, Department Chair/Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D. UCLA
Research: Indigenous peoples, artisan economies, competition, commodities, consumer cultures, producer associations, local food systems

Altha J. Cravey, Associate Professor, Geography
Ph.D. University of Iowa
Research: Urban social movements; industrial strategies in 20th century Mexico; social inequities based on gender, race, ethnic and class differences

Michael Emch, Department Chair/Professor, Geography
Ph.D. Michigan State University
Research: Medical geography/spatial epidemiology; infectious diseases in the developing world; neighborhood-level effects on health and healthcare including violence and suicide

Arturo Escobar, Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley
Research: Political ecology; anthropology of development, social movements, and science and technology; Latin America; Colombia

Kelly Evenson, Research Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health
Ph.D. University of North Carolina
Research: Physical activity

Maryann P. Feldman, Professor, Public Policy
Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University
Research: Entrepreneurship, economic growth, innovation

Michael A. Figueroa, Assistant Professor, Music
Ph.D. University of Chicago
Research: Music and political consciousness in Middle Eastern and African American contexts; music and poetry, performance studies, black music; historiography, global popular music, critical theory, diaspora studies, media and technology, and the analysis of timbre.

Mark W. Fraser, Professor, Social Work
Ph.D. University of Washington
Research: Juvenile delinquency; child welfare services

David R. Godschalk, Professor Emeritus, City & Regional Planning
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research: Development management; hazard mitigation; geographic information systems; coastal planning; dispute resolution

Banu Gökarıksel, Associate Professor, Geography
Ph.D. University of Washington at Seattle 
Research: Urban geography of modernity, neo-liberalism, and globalization; social geography of contested spaces; and the formation of identities and subjectivities with a focus on gender

Penny Gordon-Larsen, Professor, Nutrition, School of Public Health
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Research: Patterns and determinants of obesity in U.S. adolescents; environmental determinants of physical activity; ethnicity and obesity in U.S. adolescents; obesity epidemiology; nutrition epidemiology; obesity-related community intervention, body image and attitudes

Jacqueline M. Hagan, Professor, Sociology
Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin
Research: International migration; social policy; religion; human rights

Jill V. Hamm, Professor, School of Education
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison
Research: Social development; adolescent identity development; adolescent cross-race relationships; adolescent peer relationships; gender and ethnicity factors in teaching mathematics

Elizabeth Havice, Assistant Professor, Geography
Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley
Research: Political economy, political ecology, international development, commodity studies, agrarian studies, environmental politics, natural resources, property, corporate power, science studies

Dorothy (Dottie) Holland, Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D. University of California at Irvine
Research: Identity and agency; activism; social movements; cultural studies; environmental studies; schooling and work; gender; United States; Nepal

Michele Hoyman, Associate Professor, Political Science
Ph.D. University of Michigan 
Research: Union democracy; civil rights compliance of labor unions; litigiousness of workers; training, including joint labor management training programs; economic development; gender and arbitration; prisons as rural economic development trophies

Jeff Hughes, Director, Environmental Finance Center, School of Government 
MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Research: Environmental finance

Melissa Jacoby, Professor, School of Law
J.D. University of Pennsylvania
Research: Bankruptcy and ways in which debtor-creditor laws are used to manage various kinds of household risk, including risks of home mortgage default and foreclosure

Pamela Jagger, Associate Professor, Public Policy
Ph.D. Indiana University
Research: Environmental policy; environment and development; forests and livelihoods; institutions and governance; research design and methods; sub-Saharan Africa

James H. Johnson, Jr., Professor, Kenan-Flagler School of Business
Ph.D. Michigan State University
Research: Community and economic development; the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace; interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies; urban poverty and public policy in urban America; workforce diversity issues; the economic impact of Sept. 11 on U.S. metropolitan communities

Nikhil Kaza, Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning 
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Research: The nature of plans; complexity of urban systems and the institutional responses to them

Thomas A. Kelley, III, Professor, School of Law
J.D. Northeastern University 
Research: Community development; nonprofit organizations and community development; for-profit organizations that embrace charitable corporate missions; international law and development in West Africa

Scott L. Kirsch, Associate Professor, Geography
Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder
Research: Historical, cultural, political geography; science studies; social theory

Sherryl Kleinman, Professor, Sociology
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Research: Gender inequality in organizations; alternative organizations; qualitative methods; emotions and culture; feminist sociology

Christian C. Lentz, Assistant Professor, Geography
Ph.D. Cornell University
Research: Development, state formation, nationalism, nature-society relations, agrarian studies, Southeast Asia

T. William Lester, Assistant Professor, City & Regional Planning
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley
Research: Role of labor market institutions in fostering greater equity at the urban and metropolitan scales; employment and job quality prospects of the “green economy”

Laura Linnan, Professor, School of Public Health
Sc.D. Harvard University
Research: Prevention and control of chronic diseases, especially cancer, with a concentration on applied research efforts in worksites and other community-based settings

Nichola Lowe, Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research: Urban and regional economic development; support institutions for innovation; industrial upgrading and entrepreneurship; small enterprise and workforce development

Emil Malizia, Professor, City & Regional Planning
Ph.D. Cornell University
Research: Economic development; commercial real estate market research and feasibility methods and techniques; urban redevelopment; development finance

Catherine Marshall, Professor, School of Education
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
Research: Politics of education, organizational processes, cultural politics, gender issues, feminist analyses of power and ethics

Nina Martin, Associate Professor, Geography
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Chicago
Research: Local economic development and patterns of migration; impact of immigration on labor markets; community; civil society responses to conflicts in the low-wage labor market; informal economy in U.S. cities; workers in the informal economy; street vendors

Noreen McDonald, Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley 
Research: How the social environment, as well as the built environment, affects travel behavior, particularly where children are allowed to walk within their communities

Townsend Middleton, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D. Cornell University
Research: Political anthropology; anthropology of knowledge; recognition, belonging, and autonomy; subnationalist politics; affect and anxiety; post/colonialism; South Asia; India; Nepal

Torin Monahan, Professor, Communication Studies
Ph.D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Research: Surveillance and security; smart cities; organizational change; technological design and innovation; qualitative research methods

David H. Moreau, Research Professor, City & Regional Planning 
Ph.D. Harvard University
Research: Analysis, planning, financing, and evaluation of water and related environmental programs

Jonathan Q. Morgan, Associate Professor, School of Government 
Ph.D., North Carolina State University 
Research: Transformational economic development strategies; state and local economic development policy trends; and analytical tools for economic development

Ricardo Morse, Associate Professor, School of Government
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Research: Community collaboration, public participation, public leadership, public policy

Jeremy Moulton, Assistant Professor, Public Policy
Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Research: Labor economics, public economics, applied microeconometrics, self-employment/entrepreneurship,
real estate, retirement

Ted Mouw, Associate Professor, Sociology
Ph.D. University of Michigan
Research: Labor markets; stratification; economic sociology; demography; social structure of labor markets; social and residential segregation in U.S. urban areas; gender occupational segregation and demographic change in Indonesia

C. Tyler Mulligan, Associate Professor, School of Government
J.D. Yale University
Research: Community development, affordable housing, economic development

Mai Nguyen, Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine 
Research: Housing and community development; urban growth and sprawl; race/ethnicity and inequality

Donald M. Nonini, Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D. Stanford University
Research: Urban anthropology; transnationalism; political economy and cultural politics with special reference to the Chinese diaspora in urban Southeast Asia and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific; urban settings characterized by racial and class divisions in the urban American South

Elizabeth Olson, Associate Professor, Geography and Global Studies
Ph.D. University of Colorado
Research: Geographies of religion, critical development studies, and youth and childhood studies

Patricia Parker, Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin
Research: Critical studies of gender, race, and culture in organizations; communication strategies and leadership behaviors of African American women executives within dominant culture organizations

James Peacock, Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D. Harvard University
Research: Social anthropology; proletarian culture in Indonesia; symbols in social life; cultural change

Krista Perreira, Professor, Public Policy
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Research: Child development; demography of immigration; health economics and policy; Latino health and education; mental health and substance abuse; methods in public policy analysis; welfare and Medicaid policy

Andrew Perrin, Professor, Sociology
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Research: Political behavior, culture, social movements, theory, work and occupations; political culture and ideas; civil society and social capital; labor and labor movements;
sociology of Internet and high technology; southern African politics and culture

John Pickles, Professor, Geography
Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University
Research: Globalization, political economy, development, justice, and social action, particularly on economic geographies of apartheid and anti-apartheid; post-socialist regional economic transformations; geographies of social movements and autonomous development; regional economic change in Central and Eastern Europe, especially Bulgaria and southeast Europe; violence and ethnic minority populations and regions

Charles Price, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D. City University of New York
Research: Identity formation; welfare and access to higher education; community organizations and community organizing; ethnographically-grounded oral history; and advocacy and collaborative research projects; current research based in Jamaica and the U. S.; Black identity; social identity; Jamaica and the Anglophone Caribbean

Roberto Quercia, Professor, City & Regional Planning; Director, Center for Community Capital
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research: Housing finance and policy

Diego Riveros-Iregui, Assistant Professor, Geography
Ph.D. Montana State University
Research: Ecohydrology, watershed hydrology, biogeochemistry, land-atmosphere interactions, tropical hydrology, climate and land use/land cover change

William M. Rohe, Professor, City & Regional Planning; Director, Center for Urban & Regional Studies
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Research: Housing; community development; neighborhood change; evaluation of housing programs; impact of crime on community institutions

Eunice Sahle, Department Chair/Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
Ph.D. Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada 
Research: Global political economy, critical development studies African Diasporic formations in Canada and Europe refugee studies and political economy of displacement, social movements, democracy, human rights and citizenship, feminist political economy, political economy of global cities, and cultural production

David Salvesen, Deputy Director, Center for Sustainable Community Design, Institute for the Environment
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Research: Land-use policies, issues and trends and their impact on the environment and the quality and character of communities; smart growth; school location and design; natural hazard mitigation; and wetlands protection

Brigitte Seim, Assistant Professor, Public Policy
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
Research: Comparative politics, political economy of development; the relationship between citizens and political officials, with a particular emphasis on accountability in consolidating democracies; corruption, taxation, and accountability in Malawi and Zambia.

Karla Slocum, Associate Professor, Anthropology; Director, Institute of African American Research
Ph.D. University of Florida
Research: Globalization, social movements, race anthropology and development, gender, applied and public anthropology, Caribbean and U.S. Southwest

Gavin Smith, Executive Director, Coastal Hazards Center; Associate Research Professor, City & Regional Planning
Ph.D. University of Florida
Research: Globalization, social movements, race anthropology and development, gender, applied and public anthropology, Caribbean and U.S. Southwest

Sara H. Smith, Associate Professor, Geography
Ph.D. University of Arizona at Tucson 
Research: Political and social geography, nationalism, health, South Asia.

Yan Song, Professor, City & Regional Planning; Director, Program on Chinese Cities
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research: Land-use planning and regulations; smart growth; economics of land use regulations; spatial analysis of urban form; physical planning and urban design; modeling on links between built environment and travel behavior; and how to accommodate research in above fields by using planning supporting systems such as GIS and other computer-aided planning tools.

Danielle Spurlock, Assistant Professor, City & Regional Planning
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research: Planning, public health, environmental and social justice, and dispute resolution; social stratification and its impact of the siting of hazardous land uses; social vulnerability and emergency preparedness; and the impact of land use decisions on ecosystems services.

John B. Stephens, Associate Professor, School of Government
Ph.D., George Mason University
Research: Public dispute resolution, conflict assessment, training and direct mediation and facilitation.

Angela Stuesse, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
Research: social inequality, neoliberal globalization, migration, race, labor, human rights, and methodologies of activist research.

Meenu Tewari, Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research: International economic development, local industrialization, poverty alleviation, small firms, and the urban informal economy

Karolyn Tyson, Associate Professor, Sociology
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Research: Sociology of education, qualitative research methods, race and ethnic relations, and social psychology

Gabriela Valdivia, Associate Professor, Geography
Ph.D. University of Minnesota at Minneapolis
Research: Latin America, human-environment interactions, critical resource geography, political ecology

Robin Visser, Associate Professor, Asian Studies; Deputy Director, Program on Chinese Cities
Ph.D. Columbia University
Research: Contemporary Chinese urban aesthetics in relations to globalization, urban-rural dichotomies, subjectivity and space, privacy, and narrative ethics

Anna Waller, Research Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
Sc.D. Johns Hopkins University
Research: Injury prevention and control particularly in preventing injury related to physical activity and sports participation.

Judith W. Wegner, Professor, School of Law
J.D. University of California at Los Angeles
Research: Land use planning; local government reform; public dispute resolution; role of universities in addressing social problems; poverty; American cities

Marie O. Weil, Professor, School of Social Work
D.S.W. Hunter College
Research: Community practice; social administration; services to families and children; community development; social work and the law

Colin Thor West, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D. University of Arizona
Research: Human ecology of global change; ways in which societies adapt to the twin processes of global environmental and social change.

Richard B. Whisnant, Professor, School of Government
J.D. Harvard 
Research: Environmental and administrative law; community-based approaches to environmental issues; media and environmental issues.

Andrew H. Whittemore, Assistant Professor, City & Regional Planning
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Research: Urban form and design, planning history and theory, land use planning and zoning, primarily in the North American context

Dale Whittington, Professor, City & Regional Planning and Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
Research: Evaluation of water and sanitation projects in developing countries; public investment theory and techniques; water resources policy and planning

Rachel Willis, Associate Professor, American Studies
Ph.D. Northwestern University
Research: Applied microeconomics; service learning; leadership development; public service components of classwork

Erika Wise, Assistant Professor, Geography
Ph.D. University of Arizona at Tucson
Research: Climatology, dendrochronology, water resources

Faculty Working Groups

The Faculty Working Groups provide the Center’s Faculty Fellows with a forum for interdisciplinary discourse and scholarly exchange on topics related to urban and regional studies. The working groups also facilitate collaborative research efforts among different academic departments. The working groups are organized around topics of general appeal to the Faculty Fellows. A Faculty Fellow acts as the chair of the working group and coordinates the activities of the group which include presentations from group participants, interaction with visiting scholars, and development of research proposals. The Center’s current working groups include

Urban Environment
Sustainable Development
Urban and Regional Economic Development
Natural Hazards
Poverty/Equity