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Carolina Seminars
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
6001 Davis Library, CB #5120
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-5120
Ph:  919-962-2501

carolinaseminars@unc.edu

Carolina Seminars staff

Andrew Perrin, Director

Dr. Perrin is a cultural and political sociologist. Broadly speaking, he studies and teaches democratic citizenship in the United States. Dr. Perrin focus on the cultural and social underpinnings of democracy: what do people need to know, be, and do to make democracy work? His current research is on public opinion, letters to the editor, and democratic citizenship. Dr. Perrin is a regular contributor to Scatterplot, the sociology blog.

He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1994 and got his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001.

Amatullah King, Program & Events Manager

Amatullah King joined Carolina Seminars in August 2015.  She is a seasoned events professional and has the important task of managing Carolina Seminars’ events and programs. Previously she worked for the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, a former unit of UNC-Chapel Hill, as the Meetings Manager for six years.  She is pleased to work with Carolina Seminars as it combines her professional experience with her social, academic, and artistic interests.  A native New Yorker, who studied acting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts and a playwright, she proudly calls Durham, NC, home.  She has become deeply involved in the community: particularly with the John Avery Boys & Girls Club where she taught the basics of acting to middle school campers, and introduced them to the works of culturally diverse playwrights. She also participates in voter registration and education initiatives.  A former Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) participant, she concentrated on 19th and 20th century African-American Literature.  She completed a thesis on the only extant autobiographical novel by the African American novelist Harriet E. Wilson, under the advisement of Dr. Hortense Spillers, for which she received honors.  She holds a B.A. in English, cum laude, from Cornell University.