Innovative and interdisciplinary research at Carolina is driven by $793 million in annual external research funding, an amount that has tripled in the past 16 years. More than 70 percent of this funding comes from federal sources. In 2014, Carolina was first (in a 9-way tie) among public universities and ninth overall in the level of federal research funding secured. Carolina received a record $803 million in 2010.

Research centers and programs at UNC have a great impact not only locally, but nationally as well. Research programs fuel economic growth and provide greater technology, understanding, and practices. More than 400 faculty members across 72 departments are engaged in sustainability research. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has contributed 199 million USD since 2009 in new federal research funding and continues to be an important source of sustainability research funding at Carolina.

Name (Last, First) Title Department Center Research Description
Janken, Kenneth Professor African, African American & Diaspora Studies legal repression and Black political action in the 1970s, civil rights activism
Beck, Susan Professor Allied Health Sciences education issues in clinical laboratory science, laboratory practice issues
Cutchin, Malcolm Professor Allied Health Sciences health geography, geographical dimensions of aging, American pragmatism
Harrison, Melody Professor Allied Health Sciences early intervention with Children who are hard of hearing and factors related to access of services
Laudicina, Rebecca Professor Allied Health Sciences colorectal cancer and hemochromatosis screening in underserved populations, laboratory education
Watson, Linda Research Professor Allied Health Sciences community engagement for children with special needs, impact of classroom factors on students with autism
Allen, Robert Distinguished Professor American Studies Digital Innovation Lab engaging with cultural heritage organizations in N.C. in the creation of digital history projects.
Ferris, Marcie Associate Professor American Studies the cultural, social and economic practices that relate to food in the American South
Willis, Rachel Associate Professor American Studies access to work, higher education, gender and economics
Colloredo-Mansfeld, Rudolf Professor Anthropology Carolina Population Center role of retailers and their community partnerships in development of regional food system, apparel industry
Escobar, Arturo Distinguished Professor Anthropology Interrelations among state, capital, and social movements in a Colombia rainforest region, anti-globalization social movements
Holland, Dorothy Professor Anthropology new conditions for political and cultural activism and the importance of environmental and agricultural issues in the public sphere
Hutchinson, Dale Professor Anthropology how health and nutrition of populations is influenced by social, economic, environmental landscapes
Jackson, Fatimah Professor Anthropology Institute for African-American Research socio-cultural, biological, environmental factors and breast cancer
Leslie, Paul Professor Anthropology Carolina Population Center effects of parks and conservation policy on resilience of local and regional systems; response diversity and resilience in social-ecological systems; parks and protected areas as agents of change
Nonini, Don Professor Anthropology urban anthropology; cultural politics of ethnicity/race, class, and gender; political economy; global systems and transnationalism; local politics, economic restructuring, and race relations in SE US, global systems and transnationalism
Price, Charles Associate Professor Anthropology social movements, community organizations and organizing, and action research and collaborative research projects
Redfield, Peter Associate Professor Anthropology spatial dimensions of science and technology outside the West, ethics and politics of intervention
Rivkin-Fish, Michele Associate Professor Anthropology moral economics of medicine and health in the US, health care systems and reforms in US and Russia
Slocum, Karla Associate Professor Anthropology global economic processes and discourses, configurations of place and rural place identities; shifting notions of race; and social movements
Sorensen, Mark Associate Professor Anthropology biological impacts of globalization, modernization, and cultural change, in human adaptability and in ecological models for evolution.
Thompson, Amanda Assistant Professor Anthropology Carolina Population Center environmental determinants of inflammation in children, how human growth and development is shaped by environmental factors
West, Colin Assistant Professor Anthropology vulnerability of ranching/farming communities livelihood to drought, coping with fluctuations in populations; salmon harvests in arctic communities; exploring the linkages among climatic change, food security, population and health in Burkina Faso
Bacon, Thomas Research Professor Area Health Education Centers-Comm Med Care health workforce policy, with a particular focus on the training, recruitment and retention of health professionals to serve rural and other underserved areas
Gruffat, Sabine Assistant Professor Art Documentary film “I Have Always Been a Dreamer” about the decline of Detroit and the rise of Dubai, focusing on themes of commerce, poverty and labor, and ideas of economics and society. Film was selected for screening at the Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Hewison, Kevin Distinguished Professor Asian Studies UNC Global- Carolina Asia Center globalization and social change in Southeast Asia, especially Thailand, democratization, labor issues
Swanstrom, Ronald Professor Biochemistry and Biophysics Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center vaccine development to treat HIV
Bruno, John Professor Biology ecology and conservation of marine communities; climate change and disease ecology
Buckley, Lauren Assistant Professor Biology predicting species response to climate change, range models for changing environments, how an oranism’s biology determines its responses to environmental change
Duncan, Mara Assistant Professor Biology links between birth defects and environmental chemicals
Hurlbert, Allen Assistant Professor Biology Structure of ecological communities, patterns of diversity, species richness
Jones, Alan Professor Biology Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development Plant growth optimization and adaptation to changing environments, small molecule biosensors
Kieber, Joseph Professor Biology Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development signaling pathways, regulating plant growth and development
Kingsolver, Joel Distinguished Professor Biology ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change
Matthysse, Ann Professor Biology genes that allow binding of E.coli bacteria to food, treatments for bent neck in cut flowers
Mitchell, Charles Associate Professor Biology CEE, Institute for the Environment disease ecology, global change, biological invasions
Peet, Robert Professor Biology plant community and population ecology, biogeography, ecoinformatics
Pfennig, David Professor Biology evolution, ecology, developmental interactions
Pfennig, Karin Associate Professor Biology Developmental origins of condition, dependent social behavior, evolution of behavior, the targets of selection, and the ecological consequences of evolutionary responses to selection
Servedio, Maria Associate Professor Biology Evolutionaty mechanisms that produce and maintain biodiversity; anthropogenic changes’ effect on species ranges
Umbanhowar, James Research Assistant Professor Biology Ecosystem stability and function; feedbacks in communities and ecosystems
White, Peter Professor Biology North Carolina Botanical Garden Community ecology, conservation biology, natural areas conservation and restoration, invasive species management; biodiversity and the ecosystems of Great Smoky Mountains National Park; structure and composition of forests along an urbanization gradient; sustainability and the conservation ethic
Willett, Christopher Research Assistant Professor Biology adaptability of species to thermal variation, changes to ecosystem services and productivity due to climate change
Dennis, Robert Associate Professor Biomedical Engineering / Applied Physical Sciences coupling solar photovoltaic power, anaerobic biogas production and algae biodiesel to create biofuel facility
Macdonald, Jeffrey Associate Professor Biomedical Engineering / Applied Physical Sciences bioconversion of corn stalks to ethanol, physiochemical degradation of swine waste and creating swine waste
Bangdiwala, Shrikant Research Professor Biostatistics Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center/ Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders global health, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular, cancer and other diseases
Bilsborrow, Richard Research Professor Biostatistics Carolina Population Center / Institute for the Study of the Americas population, land, and poverty in Ecuador’s Amazon, livelihood empowerment against poverty, China Youth
Cai, Jianwen Professor Biostatistics diabetes, obesity
Herring, Amy Professor Biostatistics Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility/Carolina Population Center spatial-temporal modeling for environmental and epidemiological data
Kalsbeek, William Professor Biostatistics environment, global health, health behavior, health care policy and delivery, obesity, public health leadership and practice
Lin, Danyu Distinguished Professor Biostatistics health economics
Schwartz, Todd Research Assistant Professor Biostatistics Center for Research on Chronic Illness social determinants of outcomes in African Americans with arthritis, intervention for low-income depressed mothers
Sotres-Alvarez, Daniela Research Assistant Professor Biostatistics global health, nutrition, obesity
Wright, Fred Professor Biostatistics predictive toxicology, factors leading to Cystic Fibrosis lung disease
Zhou, Haibo Professor Biostatistics Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology; Center for Tobacco Regulatory Science and Lung Health environmental health statistics, toxicology risk assesment
Caron, Kathleen Associate Professor Cell Biology & Physiology McAllister Heart Institute reproductive health and overpopulation
Lund, Pauline Professor Cell Biology & Physiology under-privileged and under-represented groups in science and medicine
O’Brien, Deborah Professor Cell Biology & Physiology Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery contraceptives, overpopulation, male reproductive health and fertility trends
O’Rand, Michael Professor Cell Biology & Physiology male contraceptives and overpopulation
Rawls, John Associate Professor Cell Biology & Physiology host-microbe interactions in the digestive tract to promote health and to treat diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and obesity
Sulik, Kathleen Professor Cell Biology & Physiology Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies understanding the mechanisms and pathogenesis associated with a variety of environmentally-induced birth defects
Ashby, Valerie Professor Chemistry / Applied Physical Sciences shape memory polymers for drug delivery, sustainable polymers
Desimone, Joseph Distinguished Professor Chemistry Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development / Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes role of diversity in innovation; Entrepreneurship from research-intensive universities; Public – Private partnerships ; photovoltaics, fluropolymer coatings, smart nanoparticles, biological imaging, solar energy
Fecko, Christopher Assistant Professor Chemistry use of imaging to observe protein dynamics and energy transfer in solar energy devices
Gagne, Michel Distinguished Professor Chemistry biofuels, renewable feedstocks
Lin, Wenbin Distinguished Professor Chemistry Energy Frontier Research Center developing catalytic processes for biofuels
Meyer, Thomas Distinguished Professor Chemistry Energy Frontier Research Center solar energy conversion, artificial photosynthesis, thin-films
Moran, Andrew Assistant Professor Chemistry chemical approaches to artificial photosynthesis for solar fuels production
Murray, Royce Distinguished Professor Chemistry Energy Frontier Research Center electrochemistry and sensors in the production of new solar fuels
Papanikolas, John Associate Professor Chemistry Energy Frontier Research Center solar energy conversion in the production of new solar fuel
Redinbo, Matthew Professor Chemistry understanding human diseases, antibiotic resistance and virulence gene transfer in environmental pathogens
Samulski, Ed Professor Chemistry / Applied Physical Sciences soft condensed matter, photovoltaics
Schauer, Cynthia Associate Professor Chemistry Energy Frontier Research Center catalysis of electrochemical reactions involved in energy storage which is key to the development of future energy technologies, reactions that help reduce CO2
Sheyko, Sergey Distinguished Professor Chemistry intelligent polymer materials that are able to sense, process, and respond to impacts from the surrounding environment and can be applied to a wide range of scenarios, from drug delivery to oil recovery to climate change
Templeton, Joseph Distinguished Professor Chemistry Energy Frontier Research Center chemical approaches to artificial photosynthesis for solar fuels production
Waters, Marcey Professor Chemistry Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development protein mimics, biomolecular interactions, biomimetic scaffolds for artificial photosynthesis
You, Wei Associate Professor Chemistry / Applied Physical Sciences Energy Frontier Research Center synthesis and characterization of novel multifunctional materials, organic solar cells
BenDor, Todd Assistant Professor City & Regional Planning Center for Sustainable Community Design modeling to understand impacts of development on environmental systems, environmental restoration during urban development; evaluating green building rates in rural areas
Berke, Philip Professor City & Regional Planning Center for Sustainable Community Design / UNC Institute for the Environment environmental impact of urbanization, natural hazard mitigation, environmental justice, sustainable development
Campanella, Thomas Associate Professor City & Regional Planning China’s urban revolution, urban growth, physical planning and design of cities
Kaza, Nikhil Assistant Professor City & Regional Planning water supply and utilities, understand urban growth dynamics, energy saving and water resource management
Lester, Thomas Assistant Professor City & Regional Planning economic development, the role of labor market institutions in fostering greater equity at the urban and metropolitan scales; Green retrofits and job creation
Lowe, Nichola Associate Professor City & Regional Planning spatial temporal investigation of dynamic regional economics, cyber-enabled economic development
Malizia, Emil Professor City & Regional Planning study of race, class, and urban development in South
McDonald, Noreen Associate Professor City & Regional Planning estimating bicycling and walking for planning, transportation to school, sustainable transportation
Nguyen, Mai Assistant Professor City & Regional Planning Center for Sustainable Community Design issues relating to housing and community development, planning processes that affect underserved and disadvantaged
Quercia, Roberto Professor City & Regional Planning community development, affordable housing, neighborhood stabilization
Rodriguez, Daniel Associate Professor City & Regional Planning Center for Sustainable Community Design relationship between built environment and travel behavior, micro/meso/macro levels; food access within North Carolina American Indian Communities; safety and development in pedestrian and bicycle plans
Rohe, William Distinguished Professor City & Regional Planning Center for Urban and Regional Studies urban neighborhoods and housing, homeownership, psychological health
Song, Yan Associate Professor City & Regional Planning Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development land use planning, growth management, economics, spatial analysis of urban design, built environment
Tewari, Meenu Associate Professor City & Regional Planning comparative local economic development, poverty alleviation, development processes and microeconomics
Dempsey, Sarah Associate Professor Communication Studies nonprofit, community-based, and gendered forms of organizing, environmental movement, transnational feminism
May, Steve Associate Professor Communication Studies Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility; The Debate Over Corporate Social Responsibility
Parker, Partricia Associate Professor Communication Studies leadership development and career socialization among African-American teen girls in low-income neighborhoods; social construction of race, gender, and class in organization processes, with a central focus on work socialization, leadership, and empowerment for women and girls; leadership development and career socialization among African American teen girls in low-income neighborhoods.
Pollock, Della Professor Communication Studies power of performance to catalyze community action, to engage difference across multiple borders, and to articulate history and change, spiritual tradition and claims for equity in/as public pedagogies
Prins, Jan Professor Computer Science utilizing hardware resources on high core count microprocessors in order to reduce the amount of power used
Sanders, Anne Assistant Professor Dental Ecology Dept health economics, social science
O’Brien, Karen Assistant Professor Dramatic Art Published articles utilizing an ecocritical perspective; writing book manuscript (in progress) that explores literary and artistic representations of the human-nonhuman relationship, promoting a symbiotic relationship and collaborative ecology; and developing my second book project on the environmental arts, primarily in “green theatre” as well as in both cultural and artistic performance practices.
Akin, John Distinguished Professor Economics Carolina Population Center / African Studies Center health economics, health care finance, public economics, population economics
Gilleskie, Donna Professor Economics work absences, optimization behavior in labor, aging, and health
Guilkey, David Distinguished Professor Economics Carolina Population Center modeling population-environment interactions in World Heritage Sites, underlying food environment factors to obesity, environmental changes and health outcomes
Rosefielde, Steven Professor Economics global destabilization, restratification of wealth and power
Stewart, John Professor Economics barriers to spacing methods for young low parity women in Knapur
Turchi, Boone Associate Professor Economics Carolina Population Center determinants of family size decisions, reproductive and labor force behavior of young US couples
Waller, Anna Research Associate Professor Emergency Medicine health informatics research projects, public health surveillance work, emergency department data for public health
Salvaggio, Ruth Professor English & Comp Literature “Imagining Pelicans on the Gulf” (essay); Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from COngo Square to the 9th Ward
Bell, Geoffrey Lecturer Environment and Ecology Marine systems, fisheries
Cooke, Amy Lecturer Environment and Ecology Food, food systems, ecology
Aitken, Michael Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development application of microbial processes to biodegradation of organic pollutants; Passive Reduction of Methane Emissions from Hog Waste Lagoons with a Floating Biofilter System
Ball, Louise M Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering toxicology of environmental pollutants
Bartram, Jamie Distinguished Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering Water Institute water, sanitation, regulatory framework, sustainable practices; Evaluation of Technologies Related to Sustainable Management of Water, Sanitation, Health, and Human Development; Testing Modified Community-led Total Sanitation for Scalability; Understanding How Pilot Programs Become Self-sustaining at Scale: Social Enterprise and Water in Schools of Delhi and Jaipur; Enhancing Implementation Approaches: Hygiene Education and Promotion Programs & Social Cohesion and Sustainability of WaSH Programs; Water and Sanitation Service Sustainability: WaSH and Climate Change Country Assessment
Bodnar, Wanda Research Assistant Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility chemical exposure, analyzing environmental samples
Characklis, Gregory Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering Center for Watershed Science and Management water resources engineering, resource management, adaption to climate change impacts
Coronell, Orlando Assistant Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering physico-chemical processes for water purification, transport of water and contaminants, utilities
Cory, Rose Assistant Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering intersection of water and carbon cycles, dissolved organic matter as a key intermediate in changing global carbon cycle
Flynn, Michael Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering industrial chemistry and pollutants, industrial hazards, heavy metal exposure
Fry, Rebecca Assistant Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering pesticide exposure in NC farmworkers, in utero exposure to arsenic, potable water pollution
Gibson Macdonald, Jacqueline Assistant Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering environmental science and public policy, probability of harm due to environmental contamination
Gold, Avram Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering secondary organic aerosol formation
Gray, William Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development multiphase flow in porous media, groundwater supply and contamination
Kolsky, Pete Prof Of The Practice Environment Sciences & Engineering Water Institute urban and rural water and sanitation projects in the developing world and public health benefits, sanitation marketing, service providers in low-income communities on technical and management issues
Li, Jun Research Assistant Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering nuclear reactors and operations, using remote sensing to monitor nuclear reactors
Miller, Cass Distinguished Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering porous materials, groundwater flow and modeling
Nakamura, Jun Research Associate Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering molecular biomarkers discovery in human susceptibility to organophosphate pesticide, hexavalent chromium carcinogen
Nylander-French, Leena Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering influence of epigenetic marks of exposure assessment models, occupational safety
Rusyn, Ivan Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies predictive toxicology to improve chemical hazard testing paradigms
Serre, Marc Associate Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering space/time geostatistical theory to estimate water quality, development of methods to estimate water quality
Sexton, Kenneth Research Assistant Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering atmospheric chemistry of urban systems of nitrous oxides and hydrocarbons, organic aerosols
Sobsey, Mark Distinguished Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering environmental health/public health microbiology and water sanitation hygiene
Stewart, Jill Assistant Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering detection and tracking of pathogens in water, ecosystems and human health and wellbeing, water quality
Surratt, Jason Assistant Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering air quality, heterogeneous chemistry, air pollution, organic aerosols
Swenberg, James Distinguished Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility gene-environment relationships that shape health outcomes, effects of environmental arsenic exposure
Vizuete, William Associate Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development air Quality modeling and atmospheric chemistry
Weinberg, Howard Associate Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering transport of pollutants, environmental monitoring, drinking water quality, detection of micropollutants
West, Jason Assistant Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering dynamic electricity generation for addressing daily air quality exceedances in US
Whalen, Stephen Associate Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering microbial production and consumption of atmospheric trace gases, sediment/water and soil/atmosphere exchanges
Whittington, Dale Professor Environment Sciences & Engineering design of improved water and sanitation systems for growing Asian cities, design of water tariffs, diseases
Behets, Frieda Professor Epidemiology STI and HIV prevention and research in Africa and the Caribbean
Brookhart, Maurice Associate Professor Epidemiology Energy Frontier Research Center synthetic organometallic chemistry, catalysis, green chemistry
Daniels, Julie Associate Professor Epidemiology Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities / Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology children’s environmental health research
Evenson, Kelly Research Professor Epidemiology cardiovascular health of seniors and the built environment, neighborhood environments and metabolic disorders
Gammon, Marilie Professor Epidemiology Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility environmental and nutritional risk factors for disease, epidemiology of breast cancer risk and survival,
Heiss, Gerardo Distinguished Professor Epidemiology advancement in the epidemiology and healthcare of atrial fibrillation, women and minorities
Horney, Jennifer Research Assistant Professor Epidemiology Center for Public Health Preparedness GIS assessments of disaster impact on public health, evacuation and disaster preparedness, pandemics
Marshall, Stephen Professor Epidemiology Injury Prevention Research Center local health impacts of application of sewage sludge
Meshnick, Steven Professor Epidemiology Malaria control in Africa, India, and SE Asia
Olshan, Andrew Professor Epidemiology Carolina Population Center non-invasive zoometric pathogen exposure in livestock workers/ household members, in utero exposure to arsenic, environment, occupational health
Pettifor, Audrey Associate Professor Epidemiology global health, health behavior, infectious diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s health
Robinson, Whitney Assistant Professor Epidemiology socioeeconomic and gender differences in obesity
Rosamond, Wayne Professor Epidemiology epidemiology and healthcare of atrial fibrillation, women’s health initiatives
Siega-Riz, Anna Maria Professor Epidemiology Carolina Population Center diet methodology, maternal nutritional status and effects on birth outcomes, obesity, dietary trends and intakes among children and Hispanic populations.
Thomas, Jim Associate Professor Epidemiology social epidemiology, social forces that contribute to patterns of sexually transmitted diseases in communities.
Vines, Anissa Research Assistant Professor Epidemiology minority health, obesity, women’s health
Weir, Sharon Research Assistant Professor Epidemiology Uganda PLACE study
Whitsel, Eric Research Associate Professor Epidemiology air pollution, particulate matter, cardiovascular disease
Wing, Steven Associate Professor Epidemiology long-term effects of occupational radiation exposures, local health impacts of land application of sewage sludge
Yeatts, Karin Research Assistant Professor Epidemiology asthma events in children attributable to traffic-related air pollution, asthma in minority populations
Yotebieng, Marcel Research Assistant Professor Epidemiology global health, sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health, infectious diseases
Becker-Dreps, Sylvia Research Assistant Professor Family Medicine global health research including vaccine-preventable deseases
Goldstein, Adam Professor Family Medicine smoking cessation, weight loss, lipid lowering strategies, behavior changes
Pathman, Donald Professor Family Medicine NC Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center primary care and rural health
Heise, Mark Associate Professor Genetics Carolina Vaccine Institute interactions between viruses and the infected host that lead either to virus-induced disease or to resolution of the viral infection, vector born disease and human health outcomes
Lange, Ethan Associate Professor Genetics Carolina Population Center gene-environment interactions and weight gain
Pomp, Daniel Professor Genetics polygenic and dietary obesity risk factors and environmental factors
Sullivan, Patrick Distinguished Professor Genetics genetic and epidemiological basis of important public health problems
Band, Lawrence Distinguished Professor Geography Center for Galapagos Studies / Highlands Biological Station Watershed hydrology, ecology & geomorphology, GIS, remote sensing
Birdsall, Stephen Professor Geography place preservation of natural and memorial landscapes, social geography, landscapes and values
Chen, Xiaodong Assistant Professor Geography human-environment interactions, systems modeling and simulation, environmental policy, GIS
Cravey, Altha Associate Professor Geography Institute for the Study of the Americas social theory, third world development, effects of globalization on different demographics
Emch, Michael Professor Geography Carolina Population Center medial geography/spatial epidemiology research using GIS; infectious disease ecology, neighborhood determinants of health, and geographic information science applications of public health
Gray, Clark Assistant Professor Geography Carolina Population Center population-environment interactions in developing world using survey and statistical methods
Havice, Elizabeth Assistant Professor Geography effects of economic and environmental changes on economic development, resource management and access; the political economy of the tuna sector
Kirsch, Scott Associate Professor Geography reconstruction of post-war landscapes, political geography, social theory
Konrad, Chip Associate Professor Geography Southeast Regional Climate Center synoptic climatology and climate change
Lentz, Christian Assistant Professor Geography development, state formation, nature-society relations
Martin, Nina Assistant Professor Geography urban planning and policy, economic and community development, immigration and political conflict
Moody, Aaron Associate Professor Geography rural/urban and urban/wildlife interface, relationships between development and wildlife, preservation of rural and wild landscapes
Persha, Lauren Assistant Professor Geography conservation and development, social-ecological systems, environmental governance, forest ecology
Pickles, John Distinguished Professor Geography transnational trade and production, supply chains, post-colonial responsibility, local development
Reyes, Alvaro Assistant Professor Geography urban and political geography, regimes of racialization and socio-territorial movements
Smith, Sara Assistant Professor Geography how geopolitical conflict is disrupted through intimate acts, health politics, geopolitical subject formation
Song, Conghe Associate Professor Geography Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development / Center for Galapagos Studies extracting vegetation structure, exchanges of energy, carbon, and water between terrestrial ecosystem and atmosphere
Valdivia, Gabriela Assistant Professor Geography Center for Galapagos Studies understanding issues of development, identity, and natural resources in Latin America, environmental governance
Walsh, Stephen Distinguished Professor Geography Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development / Center for Galapagos Studies land-use and land cover dynamics, spatial modeling and analysis
Wise, Erika Assistant Professor Geography climatology, dendrochronology, water resources
Barnes, Jason Assistant Professor Geological Sciences earth surface processes and erosion rates, associated climate patterns
Bartek, Louis Associate Professor Geological Sciences impact of climate change on geologic record of continental margins
Benninger, Larry Professor Geological Sciences Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development major-, minor-, and trace-element chemistry, including natural and artificial radionuclides
Carter, Joe Professor Geological Sciences evolution of invertebrate skeletal mineralogy and its relationship to long-term changes in ocean chemistry and global climate
Coleman, Drew Distinguished Term Associate Professor Geological Sciences Research Laboratories of Archaeology geochemistry of energy-critical metals such as uranium and rare earth elements
Glazner, Allen Distinguished Professor Geological Sciences Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development volcanism and volcano-climate links, geothermal systems, long-term geochemical cycling, geoinformatics
Lees, Jonathan Professor Geological Sciences geophysical methods that are used to remotely sense the underground environment to search for resources
Moore, Laura Assistant Professor Geological Sciences modern evolution of coastal environments, impacts of climate change
Pavelsky, Tamlin Assistant Professor Geological Sciences interaction of fresh water with climate and the earth’s surface, global climate change, water resources
Rial, Jose Professor Geological Sciences Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development abrupt climate change, Greenland ice’s response to global warming, energy resources, politics of fossil fuels
Stewart, Kevin Associate Professor Geological Sciences deposition and deformation of sedimentary rocks that host fossil fuels
Surge, Donna Associate Professor Geological Sciences human-climate interactions, deciphering seasonal variability from fossils to predict future climate change
Johnson, Erica Lecturer Global Studies comparative politics and political economy, with particular focus on post-Soviet state-society relations. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores how authoritarian governments in post-Soviet Central Asia manipulate health care provision in order to gain legitimacy and regime survival.
Osterweil, Michal Lecturer Global Studies contemporary social movements and their knowledge production. Her dissertation focused on the theoretical-practice and political imaginaries of the Italian “Global Justice Movement” and related transnational networks, in particular those affiliated with Zapatismo.
Weiler, Jonathan Lecturer Global Studies Russian Politics, Human Rights, European Politics, and Comparative Development
Anne Earp, Jo Professor Health Behavior “health behavior, health care delivery, health communication, health disparity reduction, HIV/AIDS, minority health, patient advocacy, sexually transmitted diseases, women’s health
Barrington, Clare Assistant Professor Health Behavior Carolina Population Center / Institute for the Study of the Americas Understanding HIV vulnerability and the experience of HIV/AIDS in the context of migration
Crump, Carolyn Research Associate Professor Health Behavior tribal motor vehicle injury prevention programs, NC plans for preventing injuries and violence
Eng, Geni Professor Health Behavior Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention racism and equity in cancer care, social stressors in immigrant populations
Fisher, Edwin Professor Health Behavior health outcomes and services in minority populations
Maman, Suzanne Associate Professor Health Behavior health-related behavior through microfinancing incentives
Tate, Deborah Associate Professor Health Behavior obesity prevention and treatment, behavioral interventions
Baker, Edward Research Professor Health Policy and Management workforce competency, enhancing information systems, improving access to practice-relevant knowledge, assuring organizational capacity, and supporting extramural prevention research.
Carpenter, William Assistant Professor Health Policy and Management sustainability assessment to predict long-term performance and survival, cancer screenings
Dilworth-Anderson, Peggye Professor Health Policy and Management Institute on Aging health disparities pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Domino, Marisa Professor Health Policy and Management health economics, Medicaid policy
Holmes, Mark Assistant Professor Health Policy and Management rural health care, policy development and implementation, workforce
Morrissey, Joseph Professor Health Policy and Management Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research mental health policy analysis, evidence-based practices, substance abuse, criminal justice, program evaluation, organization and financing, implementation analysis, and service effectiveness
Pink, George Distinguished Professor Health Policy and Management financing rural health services, health care responses to legislative mandates
Ricketts, Thomas Professor Health Policy and Management Center for Health Services Research rural healthcare, rural hospitals and doctors
Rozier, Richard Professor Health Policy and Management dental public health, access to care for children, preventive services
Stearns, Sally Professor Health Policy and Management health economics
Thirumurthy, Harsha Assistant Professor Health Policy and Management Carolina Population Center linkages between health and economic outcomes in low-income settings
Weiner, Bryan Professor Health Policy and Management Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network cancer screenings at community health centers to underserved populations
Wells, Rebecca Associate Professor Health Policy and Management community-based coalitions, organizational change
Zelman, William Professor Health Policy and Management healthcare financial management, cost management
Coclanis, Peter Distinguished Professor History Global Research Institute, Carolina Population Center / Triangle Institute for Security Studies economics and human biology, economic transformation and biological welfare
Radding, Cynthia Distinguished Professor History intersections between environmental and ethnographic history; ecological transition between wild and cultivated plants, the cultural intersections of sedentary and nomadic peoples, and the production of knowledge in northern Mexico.
Fegley, Stephen Research Associate Professor Institute of Marine Sciences procedures to enhance recovery of bay scallop, effects of human activities on NC Beaches, regional recruitment patterns of soft-shell clams
Fodrie, Joel Assistant Professor Institute of Marine Sciences Coastal Fisheries, Oceanography, and Ecology Laboratory long-term benefits of manmade intertidal oyster reefs, regulation of oyster reef evolution and restoration.
Lindquist, Niels Professor Institute of Marine Sciences natural products of NC seaweeds and marine invertebrates, broad spectrum natural sunscreen
Luettich, Rick Distinguished Term Professor Institute of Marine Sciences Coastal Hazards Center / RENCI observation of water quality in Neuse River Estuary, modeling of physically driven processes in coastal waters
Noble, Rachel Professor Institute of Marine Sciences coastal and estuarine water quality, viral control of bacterial and algal populations, chemical cycling
Paerl, Hans Distinguished Professor Institute of Marine Sciences causes and consequences of man-made nutrient enrichment and hydrologic alterations, indicators of human perturbations
Peterson, Charles Distinguished Professor Institute of Marine Sciences invertebrate fisheries management, estuarine habitat evaluation, ecosystem management in coastal zone; use of living shorelines to sustain ecosystem services under rising sea levels; productivity of shoreline habitats under sea-level rise; feasibility of offshore wind energy development in NC
Piehler, Michael Associate Professor Institute of Marine Sciences estuarine habitat response to rising water levels, attenuation of non-point source N pollution in coastal watershed, effects of tides on nutrient dynamics
Rodriguez, Antonio Associate Professor Institute of Marine Sciences impact of climate change and sea-level rise on coastal areas, variations in beach erosion and barrier islands
Rosman, Johanna Research Assistant Professor Institute of Marine Sciences fluid dynamics in estuaries and coastal ocean and implications for biological processes, coral morphology
Brown, Jane Professor Journalism/Mass Communication effect of communication on risky behaviors, HIV prevention, food purchases monitoring
Lauterer, Jock Senior Lecturer Journalism/Mass Communication skills development in urban minority youth
Noar, Seth Associate Professor Journalism/Mass Communication Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center health communication, new media to promote healthy behavioral changes among individuals and communities
Ruel, Laura Distinguished Term Associate Professor Journalism/Mass Communication “Powering a Nation,” journalism to investigate the political, economic, and scientific tensions behind US energy through advanced reporting to engage citizens and inspire informed decision-making.
Tuggle, Charles Distinguished Professor Journalism/Mass Communication repercussions of the Dirty War in Argentina and its cultural, social, economic, human rights, and political effects
Appold, Stephen Research Assistant Professor Kenan-Flagler Business School airport city/aerotropolis development areas and brownfield redevelopments
Balasubramanian, Sridhar Professor Kenan-Flagler Business School Center for International Business Education and Research social and environmental factors that affect interest in and payment for clean water at household level
Deshpande, Vinayak Associate Professor Kenan-Flagler Business School Is Servicization a Win-Win Strategy? Profitability and Environmental Implications of Servicization
Didow, Nicholas Associate Professor Kenan-Flagler Business School American immigration policy and immigration effects, product scares and consumer behavior
Gultekin, Mustafa Associate Professor Kenan-Flagler Business School impact of increased debt by US corporations on economic stability, flow of information across securities and countries, overreaction in securities markets
Hee, Carol * Clinical Assistant Professor Kenan-Flagler Business School Center for Sustainable Enterprise impacts of economic development initiatives on regional economies
Johnson, James Distinguished Professor Kenan-Flagler Business School Carolina Population Center / Urban Investment Strategies Center consequences of growing inequality in American society, poverty alleviation, community development, diversity
Kasarda, John Distinguished Professor Kenan-Flagler Business School Carolina Population Center / Center for Air Commerce urbanization, economic future of cities, outsourcing, job creation, human resource development
Segars, Al Distinguished Professor Kenan-Flagler Business School Center for Sustainable Enterprise Sustainable techology and business practices; business design for sustainability
Staats, Brad Assistant Professor Kenan-Flagler Business School improving operational performance and increasing efficiencies in organizations, organizational behavior and performance in healthcare settings.
Zoller, Ted * Clinical Associate Professor Kenan-Flagler Business School designing and developing new companies through entrepreneurship
Alperin, Marc Associate Professor Marine Sciences stable isotopes as natural tracers of sedimentary processes, carbon cycling in coastal sediments and its role in global carbon budget
Arnosti, Carol Professor Marine Sciences Center for Watershed Science and Management Carbon cycling in the ocean; how marine communities process organic carbon; effects of oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico
Bane, John Professor Marine Sciences dynamics of Gulf-Stream and coastal sea-air interaction processes, oceanic and atmospheric variability
Cable, Jaye Professor Marine Sciences Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology hydrologic processes at land-sea boundary, sea level rise, hydrologic and biogeochemical processes, wetland vegetation characterization
Macgregor, Barbara Research Assistant Professor Marine Sciences microbial process in wastewater treatment plants; increasing the efficiency/reliablity in wastewater treatment
Marchetti, Adrian Assistant Professor Marine Sciences climate change effects on phytoplankton growth and ecosystem dynamics
Martens, Christopher Distinguished Professor Marine Sciences Amazonian tropical forests as significant CO2 and trace gas sinks; coastal resources and conservation ;geological oceanography, carbonate, sea-level, reefs
McKee, Brent Distinguished Professor Marine Sciences land-ocean interactions, global change, role of major rivers in global biogeochemical cycles and global change
Ries, Justin Assistant Professor Marine Sciences effects of CO2-induced ocean acidification and warming on marine calcification, biomineralization, carbon sequestration
Scotti, Alberto Associate Professor Marine Sciences fluid dynamics, matter( sediments, pollutants, etc.) exchange in the ocean between the seabed and water column, ocean energy exchange
Seim, Harvey Professor Marine Sciences NC Coastal Ocean Observing System feasibility of offshore wind systems in NC, circulation and water mass structure of estuaries and coastal ocean
Teske, Andreas Professor Marine Sciences effects of off-shore drilling and oil spills on microbial communities; effects of sulfar, carbon, and nitrogen cycles on microbial communities
White, Brian Assistant Professor Marine Sciences Carbon cycling in the ocean; fluid dynamics in transporting sediment/chemicals through rivers, wetlands, and the ocean
Angeles, Gustavo Research Assistant Professor Maternal & Child Health Carolina Population Center health economics, impact of socio-economic factors on health outcomes and health related individual behavior
Bloom, Shelah Research Assistant Professor Maternal & Child Health Carolina Population Center population and reproductive health outcomes in Asia and Africa, national health programs, family planning
Curtis, Sian Research Associate Professor Maternal & Child Health Carolina Population Center methods for monitoring and evaluating international population and health programs, maternal health
Hussey, Jon Research Assistant Professor Maternal & Child Health Carolina Population Center childhood exposures and adult health disparities, demographic differentials
Margolis, Lewis Associate Professor Maternal & Child Health Child health policy and public health practice
Peterson, Herbert Distinguished Professor Maternal & Child Health Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute contraception and health
Rowley, Diane Prof Of The Practice Maternal & Child Health health disparities among African American women, women and diabetes.
Speizer, Ilene Research Associate Professor Maternal & Child Health evaluation of reproductive health programs in developing countries, urban health, family planning
Camassa, Roberto Distinguished Professor Mathematics effects of oil spills in the Gulf of Meixco; falling spheres effects on air quality and biomass distribution within the ocean
Forest, Greg Distinguished Professor Mathematics / Applied Physical Sciences Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development hydrodynamic and diffusive transport in environmental health, modeling of lung disease and environmental impact
Huang, Jingfang Professor Mathematics Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development numerical methods for mathematical models in energy, environment, and health
Jones, Christopher Distinguished Professor Mathematics data assimilation and control in oceanography, geophysical fluid dynamics, climate and sustainability
McLaughlin, Richard Professor Mathematics effects of oil spills in the Gulf of Meixco; falling spheres effects on air quality and biomass distribution within the ocean
Miller, Laura Assistant Professor Mathematics fluid dynamic environment of organisms as they experience evolutionary or developmental change; wind forces and plants
Mucha, Peter Distinguished Term Professor Mathematics / Applied Physical Sciences physical/biological/social networks, simulation of microscopic and macroscopic models of particle systems and agents
Bromberg, Philip Distinguished Professor Medicine Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Research and Treatment Center environmental lung disease; ozone induced lung injuries; cardiovascular effects from particulate matter and emissions
Busby-Whitehead, Jan Professor Medicine Center For Aging And Health assessment in racial disparities regarding treatment of functional decline due to aging
Buse, John Distinguished Professor Medicine Diabetes Care Center environmental arsenic and diabetes, family disease prevention and treatment
Callahan, Leigh Research Professor Medicine Center for the Study of Retired Athletes evaluation of exercise and arthritis, social predictors of chronic disease outcomes, self-management of disease outcomes, musculoskeletal outcome
Carey, Timothy Distinguished Professor Medicine access to care, health services research, and clinical epidemiology
DeWalt, Darren Associate Professor Medicine Heart Healthy Lenoir
Jordan, Joanne Distinguished Professor Medicine Thurston Arthritis Research Center epidemiology and genetics of osteoarthritis, a leading cause of disability and work disability in this country, especially in the rural South
Miller, William Associate Professor Medicine sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection, targeted screening for STDs in areas with limited resources, international health, women’s health and clinical epidemiology
Tilley, Stephen Associate Professor Medicine Immunobiology of acute environmental asthma
Wohl, David Associate Professor Medicine Center for AIDS Research metabolic complications of HIV and therapies, the relationship between incarceration and the HIV epidemic
Abel, Kristina Assistant Professor Microbiology & Immunology HIV pathogenesis and vaccine studies
Bourret, Robert Professor Microbiology & Immunology Antibiotic resistance of bacterial and fungal pathogens is a major and increasing threat to human health. Our study of the binding of small molecules to response regulators may influence design of therapeutic agents to disable critical two-component systems of microbial pathogens.
Ndaliko, Cherie Assistant Professor Music radical arts interventions in conflict regions of Africa through ethnomusicology, film studies, and cultural theory; film and music as catalysts of movements of socio-political transformation; ethics and aesthetics of humanitarian aid in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; youth and gender politics
Adair, Linda Professor Nutrition Nutrition Obesity Research Center life course health in developing nations, environmental effects on obesity and heart disease
Ammerman, Alice Professor Nutrition Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) community-based nutrition and intervention, sustainable agriculture, social entrepreneurship, child obesity. Projects include: Faith Farming and the Future; Harvest of Hope; Green Cart Project; Food Explorers; Taste Texting
Beck, Melinda Professor Nutrition how obesity affects immunoresponse
Bentley, Margaret Distinguished Professor Nutrition Center for Galapagos Studies / Center for Women’s Health Research / Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases community-based interventions for nutrition and health, behavior research on STDs and HIV
Coleman, Rosalind Professor Nutrition Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease studying the metabolism of fatty acids and triacylglycerol, we hope to understand and ultimately be able to treat disorders that involve disturbed lipid metabolism, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Drobna, Zuzana Research Assistant Professor Nutrition in utero exposure to arsenic, environmental arsenic, and diabetes
Erinosho, Temitope Research Assistant Professor Nutrition prevention of obesity and cancer risk in children and families through healthy eating and physical activity behaviors, environmental assessments
Gordon-Larsen, Penny Associate Professor Nutrition Carolina Population Center biological, behavioral, and environmental factors of population issues, population diversity and inequality
Mayer-Davis, Elizabeth Professor Nutrition nutrition and diabetes; prevention of type 2 diabetes in American Indian Youth
Mendez, Michelle Assistant Professor Nutrition Carolina Population Center inequalities in dietary intakes and contaminant exposures that may contribute to health disparities
Popkin, Barry Distinguished Professor Nutrition Carolina Population Center environmental changes and health outcomes, monitoring social change, impacts on nutrition
Samuel-Hodge, Carmen Research Assistant Professor Nutrition clinical and community-based diabetes self-management training interventions among African Americans with type 2 diabetes, lifestyle interventions, and behavioral weight loss interventions and maintenance
Stevens, June Distinguished Professor Nutrition obesity prevention programs for children and adolescents, cell-to-society perspective
Styblo, Miroslav Associate Professor Nutrition effects of exposure to arsenic exposure through drinking water
Ward, Dianne Professor Nutrition prevention of obesity through multi-component school and community interventions that promote physical activity and healthy eating
Chi, Benjamin Research Associate Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology Global Women’s Health perinatal HIV prevention, adult and pediatric HIV treatment outcomes, international obstetrics and gynecology
Stuart, Gretchen Associate Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology Family Planning Program, which has ongoing clinical studies of the contraceptive.
Thorp, John Distinguished Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology Carolina Population Center biological and social interactions, help establishes hospitals and train traditional birth attendants in the use of clinical intervention procedures in South America and Africa
Kimbell, Julia Research Associate Professor Otolaryngology (Ent) airflow patterns of inhaled gases and particles in the nasal passages, risk assessment, toxicology
Alexis, Neil Research Associate Professor Pediatrics Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology innate immune and inflammatory responses in the airways following exposure to inhaled irritants
Bose, Carl Professor Pediatrics infant and pre-natal health in developing nations
Coyne-Beasley, Tamera Professor Pediatrics firearm injury-prevention, firearm safety education, risk-reduction strategies for adolescents
Jaspers, Ilona Associate Professor Pediatrics Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology; Division of Allergy, Immunology, Rheumatology, and Infectious Diseases / Curriculum in Toxicology toxicity of engineered nanoparticles in atmosphere, fine particulate matter, climate change and health
Peden, David Distinguished Term Professor Pediatrics Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology; Division of Allergy, Immunology, Rheumatology, and Infectious Diseases health effects of environmental pollutants, immunobiology of acute environmental asthma
Perrin, Eliana Associate Professor Pediatrics access to primary care and public health in rural environment
Wilson, Elizabeth Professor Pediatrics Laboratories for Reproductive Biology environmental endocrine disruptors and male reproductive development
Offenbacher, Steven Distinguished Professor Periodontology General and Oral Health Center diabetes and periodontal infection, maternal periodontal therapy and neonatal health effects in low and high risk populations
Schenck, Anna Prof Of The Practice PH Leadership Program North Carolina Institute for Public Health “health care delivery and policy, public health leadership and practice
Maclean, Douglas Professor Philosophy comparing values in environmental policies, how values influence personal decisions and government policies
Nelson, Alan Professor Philosophy Factory farming of animals
Gaylord, Susan Research Associate Professor Physical Medicine & Rehab alternative and complementary therapy education, health beliefs, mindfulness meditation, homeopathy, spirituality, gerontology, women’s health issues
Cecil, Gerald Professor Physics-Astronomy Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development quantification of the transition to cheap oil, energy conversion technology assessment, personal energy audits
Clegg, Thomas Distinguished Professor Physics-Astronomy Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development production of beams of nuclear particles, detector systems and shielding for nuclear radiation, measurement of nuclear reactions
Karwowski, Hugon Professor Physics-Astronomy Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development neutrino science to study the Earth’s core to determine cooling, nuclear physics and technology, applications in warfare and industry
Lopez, Rene Associate Professor Physics-Astronomy Energy Frontier Research Center nanoscale optical materials, devices that have the potential for solar energy harvesting, chemical sensors, and photonic structures
Lu, Jianping Professor Physics-Astronomy applications of carbon nanotubes in high capacity energy storage materials, efficient electron field emission devices
McNeil, Laurie Professor Physics-Astronomy North Carolina Center for Nanoscale Materials optical properties of organic semiconductors to impact the future semiconductor industry by low-cost, high diversity and low power consumption; condensed matter; optoelectronic studies of organic films
Qin, Lu-Chang Professor Physics-Astronomy preparation, characterization, and utilization of carbon nanotubes and nanowires which have the potential to launch a new generation of electronic devices that are faster, lighter and more energy-efficient
Reichart, Daniel Distinguished Term Professor Physics-Astronomy providing all levels of researchers with access to SKYNET, a distributed network of robotic telescopes operated by students, faculty, and staff at UNC; sustainability plan for SKYNET network, trained climate ambassador
Wu, Yue Distinguished Professor Physics-Astronomy Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development hydrogen storage measurements and analysis, materials synthesis and measurements for solar energy conversion
Bapat, Navin Associate Professor Political Science Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense / Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations examining the use and the effectiveness of economic sanctions
Crescenzi, Mark Associate Professor Political Science international economic interdependence and conflict
Jenkins, Robert Senior Lecturer Political Science Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies social and political change, civil society and the nonprofit sector, and educatiom
Mackuen, Michael Distinguished Professor Political Science how citizens gather and digest information about politics and the economy as well as on the ways that the broader macro-polity connects citizens, politicians, and public policy in a systemic way
McKeown, Tim Professor Political Science foreign economic policy, foreign aid programs, trade-promoting strategies, industrial structure
Mosley, Layna Professor Political Science multinational production and labor rights in developing nations
Oatley, Thomas Associate Professor Political Science farm movement, American political and foreign policy development from 1860-1930, foreign economic policy
Bulik, Cynthia Distinguished Professor Psychiatry race, ethnicity, and eating disorders; obesity prevention in mothers and toddlers
Gilmore, John Distinguished Professor Psychiatry Poverty influences on childhood brain development
Fredrickson, Barbara Distinguished Professor Psychology Center for Decision Research postitive psychology, well-being
Seaton, Eleanor Assistant Professor Psychology Carolina Population Center/ Racial Experiences of Youth Laboratory perceptions of racial discrimination as a risk factor for developmental outcomes, racial identity development
Rogers, Bonnie Associate Professor Public Health Nursing Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center occupational safety, environmental relationships, toxicology
Andrews, Richard Professor Public Policy Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economic Development effectiveness of environmental laws, regulations, and public policy incentives; history and implementation of North Carolina’s Clean Smokestackls Act; energy efficiency and renewable energy behavior of businesses
Feldman, Maryann Distinguished Professor Public Policy social capital connections in regional entrepreneurial economies
Handa, Sudhanshu Professor Public Policy Carolina Population Center livelihood empowerment against poverty, household economic and demographic behavior in developing nations
Jagger, Pamela Assistant Professor Public Policy Carolina Population Center livelihood impact of natural resource management policies, importance of migrant pitsaw logging to rural area; natural resource management policies and outcomes for rural livelihoods, sustainable resource management in the low income tropics
Meier, Benjamin Assistant Professor Public Policy development and evolution of human rights in national and global health governance, water and sanitation
Perreira, Krista Professor Public Policy Carolina Population Center disparities in health, education and economics, relationship between health and social policy, migration
Zhang, Yanping Professor Radiation Oncology genetics and molecular mechanisms to detemine effect on both development and treatment of obesity and diabetes
Ernst, Carl Distinguished Professor Religious Studies Carolina Center for the Study of Middle East and Muslim Civilizations International outlook on Islam, orientalism, diversity within Islam
Rivero, Alicia Associate Professor Romance Languages gender issues, interrelations of literature and science, nature in contemporary Latin American literature
Anderson, Janice Assistant Professor School of Education math and science education, race relations, measuring achievement through partnerships with universities
Cohen-Vogel, Lora Associate Professor School of Education educational policy, politics of education, school effectiveness
Hamm, Jill Associate Professor School of Education REAL: Rural Early Adolescent Learning and Social Success; SEALS: Supporting Early Adolescent Learning and Social Success/NTACT: Networks of Teachers Affect Children in Transition
Knotek, Steven Associate Professor School of Education prevention and wellness; community, sports, and school programs that promote youth development; early intervention and literacy
New, Rebecca Associate Professor School of Education underprivileged neighborhoods, importance of mathematics in education
Parsons, Eileen Associate Professor School of Education learning contexts with respect to culture and race, science education experiences of groups marginalized by science
Vernon-Feagans, Lynne Distinguished Professor School of Education rural children and families in poverty
Berner, Maureen Professor School of Government alternative models for delivery of local public health services and effects on cost, administration, health outcomes
Hughes, Jeffrey Distinguished Term Lecturer School of Government Environmental Finance Center environmental services and programs
Lovelady, Adam Assistant Professor School of Government Planning and Zoning for Solar in North Carolina
Millonzi, Kara Associate Professor School of Government Environmental Finance Center municipal and county finance law, local government law, solid waste finance law, economic development
Morse, Rick Associate Professor School of Government Environmental Finance Center integrative public leadership, community and regional collaboration, public leadership
Mulligan, C Tyler Assistant Professor School of Government community development, affordable housing, neighborhood stabilization
Owens, David Distinguished Professor School of Government rooftop solar challenge to induce market transformation
Stephens, John Associate Professor School of Government Environmental Finance Center evaluation for public policy dispute resolution, interagency communication, collaboration
Wall, Aimee Distinguished Term Associate Professor School of Government Environmental Finance Center social services law, animal control law, environmental health inspection and permitting, legislative education
Whisnant, Richard Distinguished Professor School of Government Environmental Finance Center environmental law and policy-making; water allocation study for NC
Gollop, Claudia Distinguished Term Associate Professor School of Info & Libr Science museums and libraries working together to respond to demographic change, health information usability
Greenberg, Jane Professor School of Info & Libr Science Metadata Research Center scalable and sustainable infrastructure for the publication of data, hunting invasive plant species
Marshall, Joanne Distinguished Professor School of Info & Libr Science health information needs and services, value and impact of library and information services, aging workforce issues
Moore, Reagan Professor School of Info & Libr Science DataNet Federation Consortium
Daye, Charles Distinguished Professor School of Law housing and community development
Flatt, Victor Distinguished Professor School of Law Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation, and Resources (CLEAR) administration and enforcement of environmental and resource statutes, such as Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and NEPA
Hornstein, Donald Distinguished Professor School of Law Center for Law, the Environment, Adaptation, and Resources (CLEAR) Environmental law, risk regulation, catastrophic risk coverage for coastal communities
Nichol, Gene Distinguished Professor School of Law Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity Civil Rights, economic challenges, poverty
Beeber, Linda Distinguished Term Professor School of Nursing treating toxic stress, symptom intervention for depressed Latina mothers, toddlers of low-income depressed mothers
Berry, Diane Associate Professor School of Nursing management and prevention of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes mellitus using community-based research in English and Spanish.
D’Auria, Jennifer Associate Professor School of Nursing improving mental institution access and quality of care for underserved populations in NC
Fogel, Catherine Professor School of Nursing  health disparities and health promotion, health protection of vulnerable women including incarcerated women, prevention of STDs/HIV in women
Giscombe, Cheryl Assistant Professor School of Nursing reducing negative health outcomes in minority populations
Hamilton, Jill Assistant Professor School of Nursing health disparities, social, and cultural factors that influence health, and the coping strategies used among older African American cancer survivors and their families
Mark, Barbara Distinguished Term Professor School of Nursing study of work environments, quality and safety in acute care hospitals, health outcomes associated with policy mandates.
Rowsey, Pamela Associate Professor School of Nursing effects of long-term exercise conditioning on nonspecific immune responses to infection and toxins
Swift-Scanlan, Theresa Assistant Professor School of Nursing association of environmental exposures to estrogen, tobacco, and alcohol with breast cancer, improved risk assessment
Blalock, Susan Professor School of Pharmacy how community pharmacies work with patients on issues such as illness prevention and disease management.
Ives, Timothy Professor School of Pharmacy Rural distribution and utilization of Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners in North Carolina
Kashuba, Angela Professor School of Pharmacy antiretroviral therapy in preventing the transmission of HIV, determining optimal dosing and drug combinations for the treatment of HIV infection, the role of sex and ethnicity in drug disposition.
Lee, Kuo-Hsiung Distinguished Professor School of Pharmacy new drug design against AIDS, cancer, and other diseases; natural products currently in clinical trials or preclinical development
Bledsoe, Sarah Assistant Professor School of Social Work depression in African American, white women with low incomes, intervention for low-income depressed mothers
Bowen, Gary Distinguished Professor School of Social Work community capacity building, neighborhood effects
Chowa, Gina Assistant Professor School of Social Work helping Kenya’s youth escape poverty through skills training
Clark, Trenette Assistant Professor School of Social Work epidemiology, etiology, prevention, and consequences of adolescent drug use; health disparities
Duncan, Dean Research Professor School of Social Work food and nutrition services in NC, child health services for maltreated and low-income children
Guo, Shenyang Professor School of Social Work creating a rural academic center for youth violence prevention, elementary social and character development
Nelson, Gary Professor School of Social Work organizational and community change, social gerontology, self-evaluation
Rounds, Kathleen Professor School of Social Work maternal and child public health
Smokowski, Paul Professor School of Social Work creating a rural academic center for youth violence prevention
Cadigan, Jean Research Assistant Professor Social Medicine ethical, legal, social, and policy implications of large-scale genetic research and translation
Corbie-Smith, Giselle Professor Social Medicine Center for Genomics and Society minority health issues, access to care and influence of demographics on health
Estroff, Sue Professor Social Medicine sociocultural forces that influence experiences of persons with disabling chronic illnesses
Henderson, Gail Professor Social Medicine global health inequity and research ethics, bioethics, social, and cultural factors in health and illness
Necochea, Raul Assistant Professor Social Medicine history of medicine and science, global health, sexual and reproductive health, Latin America, science and technology, developing regions
Rennie, Stuart Research Assistant Professor Social Medicine Center for Bioethics medical rationing, implementation ethics, health inequality, social justice, medical ethics
Sonis, Jeffrey Research Associate Professor Social Medicine psychosocial consequences of gross violations of human rights
Aldrich, Howard Distinguished Professor Sociology evolutionary approach to entrepreneurship, economic sociology
Andrews, Kenneth Professor Sociology protest, politics, and economics in desegregation in the US South, dynamics of Prohibition movement, racial violence
Blau, Judith Professor Sociology Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill and Carrboro human rights and injustice in the United States, international human rights
Bollen, Kenneth Distinguished Professor Sociology Carolina Population Center measurement of permanent socioeconomic status and relation to fertility in developing countries
Cai, Yong Assistant Professor Sociology Carolina Population Center social change and social inequity from a demographic perspective, China’s fertility change
Caren, Neal Assistant Professor Sociology Role of social movements in contemporary US politics
Guo, Guang Distinguished Professor Sociology Carolina Population Center social and health behavior in humans, production of social stratification, and bio-ancestry and social construction of racial and ethnic identity
Hagan, Jacqueline Distinguished Term Professor Sociology Carolina Population Center human, social, and economic consequences of US Deportation policy, human rights
Harris, Kathleen Distinguished Professor Sociology Carolina Population Center social demography, poverty, family, public policy
Kalleberg, Arne Distinguished Professor Sociology Carolina Population Center impact of globalization on work, cross-national attitudes toward work, labor force issues
Mooney, Margarita Assistant Professor Sociology Carolina Population Center / Center for Galapagos Studies the impact of religion on international migration, the health and well-being of older Mexicans
Mouw, Ted Distinguished Term Associate Professor Sociology Carolina Population Center economic and social impact of globalization, immigration and labor market, social mobility, working poverty
Nielsen, Francois Professor Sociology genetic, environmental, and causal processes of educational and socioeconomic achievement
Pearce, Lisa Associate Professor Sociology Carolina Population Center household-level population dynamics influencing environmental consumption
Perez, Anthony Assistant Professor Sociology bio-ancestry and social construction of racial and ethnic identity
Uhlenberg, Peter Professor Sociology population aging and social policy, demography, family and aging
Yang, Yang Associate Professor Sociology Carolina Population Center demographic trends of health and mortality, social disparities in health
Marron, James Distinguished Professor Statistics and Operations Res data analysis in genetics, evolutionary biology, toxicology
Smith, Richard Distinguished Professor Statistics and Operations Res remotely-sensed environmental data for ecological forecasting, climate health impacts
Sitzenberg, Karyn Assistant Professor Surgery all research focuses on access to healthcare and improving health care quality for at risk US populations
Arunachalam, Sarav Research Associate Professor UNC Institute for the Environment Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development environmental modeling
Binkowski, Francis Research Professor UNC Institute for the Environment United Arab Emirates environmental health, aerosol mixing state improvement, climate
Bowden, Jared Research Assistant Professor UNC Institute for the Environment Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development environmental modeling
Gangi, Gregory * Clinical Assistant Professor UNC Institute for the Environment tropical ecology, conservation and sustainable development, public policy and the environment
Hanna, Adel Research Professor UNC Institute for the Environment Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development air quality modeling and analyses, meteorological modeling and analyses, global and regional climate variability
Shay, Elizabeth Research Assistant Professor UNC Institute for the Environment land use and transportation, physical environment and travel behavior, sustainable community development; emergency preparedness and response and vulnerable populations
Shay, Thomas Research Assistant Professor UNC Institute for the Environment NC Coastal Ocean Observing System observational methods to study physical oceanographic phenomena, turbulence and mixing of air-sea boundary
Xiu, Aijun Research Associate Professor UNC Institute for the Environment Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development environmental modeling
Tomaskova, Silvia Associate Professor Women’s and Gender Studies “Women in Science” group to improve climate for women scientists in academia, hosts distinguished women scientists in an annual public lecture series.

Carolina Population Center

Research conducted at the Carolina Population Center explores both local and international issues with ongoing studies in 85 countries. Current projects in the United States include assessing the long-term health status of US adolescents and exploring the cause of their health-related behaviors; analyzing the effects of family structure and employment dynamics on child outcomes; and identifying the etiologic factors for preterm births in North Carolina to inform state and US public health. Abroad, center researchers are using recently developed cellular automation procedures to model land cover change in relation to population change in Nang Rong, Thailand; examining how health, nutrition, and other factors affect education, work, and wages of Filipino youth; and analyzing individual and household response to rapid social  and economic change in Russia and China.

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Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology

The Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma, and Lung Biology, a part of the UNC School of Medicine and a partner with the U.S. EPA’s Human Studies Division, explores the relationship between air pollution and human health. Volunteer subjects, including healthy people and those with lung dieases such as asthma or chronic bronchitis, participate in a range of research studies administered by the Center. Results lead to new policies, such as the 8-hour ozone standard promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Through a better understanding of the negative health effects of air pollution, researchers hope to discover new medications and dietary practices to reduce the impacts of diseases.

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Center for Sustainable Enterprise

Since its launch in 2007, the CSE Knowledge Bank has grown to include more than 90 sustainability-related articles written by faculty and students. This free resource features award-winning cases like “Procter and Gamble’s PUR Water Purifier: The Hunt for a Sustainable Business Model” and “Measuring Environmental Footprint: A Financial Services Industry Case Study.” More than one thousand readers subscribe to the service.

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Coastal Hazards Center

New Orleans, Sept. 7, 2005—Neighborhoods and highways throughout the area remain flooded as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Credit: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA
New Orleans, Sept. 7, 2005—Neighborhoods and highways throughout the area remain flooded as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
Credit: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

The UNC Coastal Hazards Center conducts innovative research on natural hazards and disasters. Researchers located at Carolina and the Center’s partner institutions around the country study the natural phenomena of hazards – such as hurricanes, coastal erosion, climate change, and earthquakes – as well as the impacts these events have on human settlements.  The information can then be used to inform policy and craft strategies designed to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience.

The linkages between hazard resiliency and community sustainability are evident in areas that have been hit hardest by recent disasters.  Communities that can withstand the impacts of hazard events are better equipped to bounce back quickly, and to maintain or even improve their overall economic stability, population security and environmental integrity by reducing disruption to business and government, limiting damage to infrastructure and housing, and minimizing disturbances to social structures.

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Collaborations for Integrating Research and Action

The mission of the Collaborations for Integrating Research and Action is to “promote social change leading to the existence of just and sustainable communities and institutions and to the expansion of participatory democracy.” This is done through the collaboration of community leaders and University researchers. One current project of CIRA is “Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction,” which addresses the root causes of poverty in North Carolina and searches for sustainable solutions.

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Department of Applied Physical Sciences

The Department of Applied Physical Sciences (APSc) is a multidisciplinary research institute that brings together the physical sciences, emerging new sciences, and society to address complex problems in areas such as human health and energy. APSc hosts the Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory, a shared instrument and resource facility established in 2006 to serve UNC and the Triangle area with instrumentation and equipment that is too expensive for any one institution to purchase individually.

Research conducted through APSc is on the cutting edge of scientific discovery, and UNC is ranked among the top universities nationally for research in nano- and microtechnology. Research areas have included nanofluidic sensors, cancer research, bio-inspired materials, and the innovative design of fuel cell membranes. Most recently, promising research on organic, bio-inspired, and liquid-based photovoltaics is being tested in the laboratory, which recently won a $13.6 million National Science Foundation grant to study soft materials.

APSc is an active partner with the Institute for the Environment, helping to understand environmental issues such as climate change and environmental impacts on human health, and in developing the science, public policy, and social models needed to achieve dramatic changes in the future.

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Department of City and Regional Planning

Research and service is at the heart of the Department of City and Regional Planning’s graduate education program. Students participate actively in community-based planning workshops and join faculty in a variety of local and regional research projects.

The Carolina Transportation Program studies how transportation planning and land use patterns impact health, the environment, energy, and economic development. Current research projects explore who uses public transportation and why, the environmental and health effects of travel behaviors, and energy use reduction through innovative community design.

The Center for Community Capital analyzes ways to bring economic opportunity to underserved citizens and communities. Findings related to the value of home ownership, housing finance policy, and the effects of home ownership on civic involvement will contribute to the development of sustainable business practices in the wake of the national economic downturn.

The Center for Urban and Regional Studies brings together researchers from across campus to improve living conditions through economic development, environmental protection, and sustainable community development. Research provides state and national leaders with the resources to make informed urban planning and policy decisions.

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Environmental Finance Center

The School of Government is home to the Environmental Finance Center, a department focused on reaching local communities through the delivery of interactive applied training programs and technical assistance. The EFC at UNC is dedicated to enhancing the ability of governments and other organizations to provide environmental programs and services in fair, effective, and financially sustainable ways. Current programs focus on finding ways to incorporate environmental infrastructure into the government in a financially and socially responsible way.

Energy Frontier Research Center: Center for Solar Fuels

In 2008, the chemistry department at UNC launched the Center for Solar Fuels. In 2009, the center became one of 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Research focuses on solar fuels catalysis, development of hybrid materials, organic photovoltaics, and advanced spectroscopy and theory. The center is the only EFRC-funded center in North Carolina and one of 16 that received Recovery Act funds for job creation.

There are more than 17 participating faculty from multiple campus departments at UNC who work in partnership with researchers at Duke University, N.C. Central University, N.C. State University, and the University of Florida.

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Gillings School of Global Public Health

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Dr. Ken Ataga and Bernadette Webb, RN

The mission of the Gillings School of Global Public Health is to improve public health, promote individual well-being, and eliminate health disparities across North Carolina and around the world. Research both discovers solutions and translates findings into effective practices and sound policy recommendations. Innovation labs at the school anticipate future public health challenges, conduct high-impact research and demonstration projects, and accelerate sustainable solutions.

The Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility is an interdepartmental program hosted by the school and funded in part by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Since 2001, the center has invested $1.3 million to support pilot projects, which led to research projects yielding over 28 times that amount of external funding—$36.9 million. Services and technical support provided by the center enable research on the toxicity of hazardous chemicals and environmental pollutants.

The Water Institute of the Gillings School brings together individuals and institutions from diverse disciplines and sectors and empowers them to work together to solve the critical global issues in water and health. Current research includes analyzing impacts of climate-related hazardous events on drinking water and sanitation coverage and water safety planning for small municipal and private water supply systems.

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Highway Safety Research Center

For over 40 years, UNC’s Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) has conducted interdisciplinary research aimed at reducing deaths, injuries, and related societal costs of roadway crashes. Researching effective models for pedestrian-friendly development is a focus of the HSRC. The HSRC recently evaluated the safety of switching traffic lights from incandescent to LED bulbs, a study that analyzed both the importance of sustainability and the value of safety.

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Institute for the Environment

The Institute for the Environment serves as a hub for multidisciplinary, environmental research. Faculty and staff in the Institute’s four research centers partner with others at UNC to find comprehensive solutions to pressing environmental problems.

The Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development creates and applies advanced environmental software and models. Transforming complicated data sets into summary trends helps policy makers make informed decisions on issues that affect human health, air pollution, and climate change.

The Center for Sustainable Community Design evaluates strategies to mitigate the environmental effects of rapid population increases and resulting development patterns. Researchers address coastal hazard mitigation, wildlife conservation, and the impact of development on socially vulnerable communities.

The Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economic Development explores energy issues facing the state, the nation, and the world. Researchers examine the rationale and consequences of various energy choices and the feasibility of renewable and nuclear energy sources.

The Center for Watershed Science and Management researches issues related to water quality and availability. Innovative market mechanisms are evaluated to address interbasin transfers and water allocation formulas, approaches to improving water quality, and compensatory stream and wetland migration.

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Institute of Marine Sciences

Dr. Rachel Noble
Dr. Rachel Noble of the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences examines water samples in her lab taken from a beach near Morehead City.

Located in Morehead City, the Institute of Marine Sciences conducts a wide range of research and provides students with practical field experience. Researchers investigate coastal ecology and human impacts, microbial ecology and human health, species diversity and ecosystem functioning, and environmental modeling. Recent research projects have involved analyzing the consequences of climate change on endemic marine communities and fishery production; monitoring of light hydrocarbons at Conch Reef, Florida Keys to identify impacts of the BP oil spill; and a study of birds, sea turtles and marine mammals in eastern Pamlico Sound to assess potential risks associated with the development of wind farms in our sounds of coastal ocean.

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