2020-2021 Seminars

Advances in Behavioral Health Policy


Marisa Domino, UNC-CH, Health Policy and Management

African Ecology and Social Processes

One of the longest standing Carolina Seminars currently running, the seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes engages pressing interdisciplinary questions that deepen scholarly knowledge and conversations about African Studies. We prioritize the following standards: expansive discussions that include input from scholars of all academic ranks and graduate students; visitors and guests who showcase scholarship emerging on the continent, and which advances Africa-based research; work that explodes myths about Africa as monolithic or as a recipient of knowledge and intervention — we promote conversations and scholarship that showcase the diversity of knowledge production on and about the continent, and which center continental activity as innovative, flexible, and creative.


Emily Burrill, UNC-CH, Women’s and Gender Studies; History
Michael Lambert, UNC-CH, African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies

Afrofuturism, Black Optimism and Afropessimism

This seminar provides a forum for faculty and graduate students to read and discuss aesthetic and theoretical texts related to the intellectual threads of Afrofuturism, Black Optimism and Afropessimism.  We will occasionally invite speakers to present as well as workshop the writings of seminar participants.


Priscilla Layne, UNC-CH, Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literature
Renee Alexander, UNC-CH, Communication
GerShun Avilez, UNC-CH, English
Lydia Boyd, UNC-CH, African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies
Kia Caldwell, UNC-CH, African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies
William A. Darity, Duke U., Economics
Israel Durham, Duke U., English
Michael Figueroa, UNC-CH, Music
Michael Palm, UNC-CH, Communication
Kennetta Perry, ECU, History
David Pier, UNC-CH, African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies
Charlene Regester, UNC-CH, African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies
Tanya Shields, UNC-CH, Women and Gender Studies
Sarah Smith, UNC-CH, Geography
Darrell Stover, NC State, Interdisciplinary Studies
Pavithra Vasudevan, UNC-CH, Geography

American Indian and Indigenous Studies

This seminar provides a forum for faculty, students, and visitors engaged in American Indian and Indigenous Studies to discuss critical issues, hear presentations, and read and critique one another’s work. These interdisciplinary collaborations often include but are not limited to individuals in the fields of American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Education, English, History, Law, Religious Studies, and Romance Studies.


Daniel Cobb, UNC-CH, American Studies
Kathleen DuVal, UNC-CH, History

Arts Across Ages


Susan Coppola, UNC-CH, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy; Allied Health Sciences

Carolina Climate Change Scientists

Understanding the impacts of climate change on natural and human systems requires interdisciplinary research approaches.  We are a group of 40 faculty and educators across 14 departments at UNC Chapel Hill that began meeting in 2011 to facilitate interdisciplinary climate change research. We meet monthly for brief research presentations and discussion.


Pam Jagger, UNC-CH, Public Policy
Diego Riveros-Iregui, UNC-CH, Geography
Jason West, UNC-CH, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Erika Wise, UNC-CH, Geography

Carolina Network for Network and Data Science

This seminar will nucleate a collaborative community connecting application themes of network data, building capability, expertly applying network data methods with tight collaboration between domains such as neuroscience, healthcare, ecosystems, education, economics, and transportation. It will also help train users for the network analysis tools developed by the group.


Peter Mucha, UNC-CH, Mathematics & Applied Physical Sciences
Jessica Cohen, UNC-CH, Psychology & Neuroscience

Carolina Seminar on Educational Inequality

The Carolina Seminar on Educational Inequality brings together scholars from Economics, Education, Policy, and Sociology to study the ways in which schools, families, or broader social forces are to blame for educational inequality and whether and under what conditions specific educational policies reduce, or increase, inequality.


Thurston Domina, UNC-CH, School of Education
Jane Cooley Fruehwirth, UNC-CH, Economy
Karolyn Tyson, UNC-CH, Sociology
Steven Hemelt, UNC-CH, Public Policy

Carolina Seminar on Innovation for the Public Good


Daniel Gitterman, UNC-CH, Public Policy

Carolina Seminar on Middle East Studies

The seminar offers two forums for current research in Middle East Studies: 1) graduate students make presentations on their dissertation research, and 2) faculty members lead discussion of a reading on the state of the field from the perspective of their discipline.


Carl Ernst, UNC-CH, Religious Studies
Charles Kurzman, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations

Carolina Teaching and Learning Colloquium

The Carolina Teaching and Learning Colloquium is an interdisciplinary speaker series dedicated to the dissemination and discussion of evidence-based, actionable teaching and learning research. Using a two-part model, CTLC meetings will present classroom-focused research (e.g., retrieval practice, co-testing, technology & attention) followed by mediated discussions, providing attendees with empirically supported strategies to enhance their instructional models.


Steven G. Buzinski, UNC-CH, Psychology and Neuroscience
Patrick Harrison, UNC-CH, Psychology and Neuroscience
Darin Knapp, UNC-CH, Center for Faculty Excellence

Central Asia Between East and West

The Central Asia Working Group, an interdisciplinary work group seeks to build on growing interest across campus in the societies of Russian Central Asia–and neighboring regions such as Afghanistan, the Caucasus, Chinese Inner Asia, Mongolia, Pakistan, and southern Russia–from an interdisciplinary perspective. Its purpose is to provide a forum for scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates at UNC, and in the surrounding area, to explore and stay abreast of new avenues of research in the study of Central Asia.


Eren Tasar, UNC-CH, History
Waleed Ziad, UNC-CH, Religious Studies
Rustin Zarkar, UNC-CH, UNC Libraries
Erica Johnson, UNC-CH, Global Studies

Collateral Effects on Healthcare During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The global pandemic is generating a great deal of reflection and analysis among scholars broadly interested in the social, cultural, political and economic implications of the coronavirus disease and government responses to contain it. Our problem-based format seminar will consider these wide-ranging implications by engaging the collateral effects that the global pandemic has produced for healthcare systems globally.


Jocelyn Chua, UNC-CH, Anthropology
Michele Rivkin-Fish, UNC-CH, Anthropology
Barry Saunders, UNC-CH, Social Medicine

Criminal Justice and Health Working Group

The Criminal Justice and Health Working Group (CJHWG) engages a wide range of topics at the intersection of the criminal justice system and health. Our membership includes faculty, staff, and students from multiple disciplines, departments, and institutions as well as participants from the surrounding community. Most seminars feature a research presentation followed by a group discussion. We also promote networking and collaboration on criminal justice/health-focused research projects.


David Rosen, UNC-CH, School of Medicine; Public Health
Colleen Blue, UNC-CH, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases

Decolonization in the Global South

We investigate self-determination, territorial sovereignty, and mass politics in societies emerging from empire in the second half of the 20th century. Constrained by global capitalism and civil strife, independence struggles waged across the global south bequeathed an ambiguous legacy still with us today.


Christian C. Lentz, UNC-CH, Geography
Emily Burrill, UNC-CH, Women’s & Gender Studies; History
Fadi Bardawil, Duke University, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Laurent Dubois, Duke University, History; Romance Studies


The Dental and Oral Health Community Scholars Program (i.e., DOCSpeaks) will create a framework to explore cultural competence in the health professions in a way that is relevant for the student and faculty participant. DOCSpeaks will feature content experts (Womens’ Studies, U.S. History, Environmental Studies, etc.) from across the university, state, and country to invigorate the way we learn and communicate about sensitive cultural topics. Our long-term goal is to re-imagine a culture of learning and professional practice that recognizes and serves the needs of a culturally diverse community both inside and outside the walls of our collective schools.


Sylvia A. Frazier-Bowers, UNC-CH, Dentistry
Shielda Rogers, UNC-CH, Nursing
Jocelyn Glazier, UNC-CH, School of Education
Chris Faison, NC State University, Educational Research and Policy Analysis

Dual Impact of COVID-19 and Systemic Racism and Inequity on Children’s Developmental Trajectories in the Early Years: Interdisciplinary Conversations and Development of a Research-Policy Agenda

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted Black and African-American (AA) Communities. In Orange County, 11.8% of the population is Black or AA, yet 37% of confirmed COVID-19 cases were Black or AA. This series will bring together scientists, child advocates, educators, community leaders, and policymakers to address this disparity, which impacts educational, social-emotional, and neurological development.



Aysenil Belger, UNC-CH, School of Medicine, Psychiatry
Diana Fishbein, UNC-CH, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Betsy Ayankoya, UNC-CH, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Sherika Hill, UNC-CH, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Robin Jenkins, UNC-CH, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Sandra Soliday Hong, UNC-CH, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Ronald Seifer, UNC-CH, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Iheoma Iruka, HighScope Educational Research Foundation

Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences

This seminar aims to facilitate interdisciplinary conversation, collaboration, scholarship, and other initiatives related to climate and the environment by bringing together faculty and graduate students from across the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Engaging with work in geography, literary and cultural studies, Black studies, critical race studies, indigenous studies, queer studies, anthropology, sociology, history, political theory, and other disciplines, we explore how humanistic, social science, and arts-based approaches can help us confront the overlapping crises of our time, from planetary warming and environmental injustice to the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism.


Jessica Tanner, UNC-CH, Romance Studies
Elizabeth Havice, UNC-CH, Geography
Serenella Iovino, UNC-CH, Romance Studies
John Pickles, UNC-CH, Geography

First Friday Microbiome Seminars: Microbiome Research Across Disciplines and Its Impact on Health and the Environment

The First Friday Microbiome Seminars connect microbiome researchers engaged in studies of complex microbial populations associated and important to human and animal health, as well as plant and environmental studies. Microbiome research feeds on diverse fields including microbiology, biology, engineering and biomedical sciences.


M. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, UNC-CH, School of Medicine
Apoena Ribeiro, UNC-CH, School of Dentistry, Diagnostic Sciences

French History and Culture

This seminar hosts lively discussions of new scholarship in all areas of French history, culture, literary studies, and art history, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research. Topics of recent and/or frequent discussion include French social movements and their legacies, the French empire, and French-American intellectual exchanges, among other subjects.


Ellen Welch, UNC-CH, Romance Studies
Jim Winders, Appalachian State University, History
Michael Garval, NC State University, Languages

Gender And…

Gathering representatives from a number of regional organizations, this series of Carolina Seminars will not only invoke the history of women’s movements, but also document the pressing gender inequities that each separately addresses. Our goal is to share information and strategies and to build coalitions for collective action.


Gloria Thomas, UNC-CH, Carolina Women’s Center

Global South

The Global U.S. South Working Group brings together a mix of thinkers with a broad range of interests from the University of North Carolina and the Triangle to engage in multidisciplinary conversation about our changing world. The group concentrates on globalization’s impact on the contemporary American South, focusing on the interplay between the “far away and deep within.” To that end, the members of our group are literary authors, psychoanalysis, and others who explore culture.


James Peacock, UNC-CH, Anthropology

Health Humanities Grand Rounds

Health Humanities Grand Rounds is a speaker series that features exceptional interdisciplinary research from Carolina and beyond. Speakers give problem-based talks and lead discussion about their research with an audience faculty and students from across departments and divisions. HHGR has become a touchstone of health humanities collaborations at UNC.


Kym Weed, UNC-CH, English and Comparative Literature
Jane F. Thraikill, UNC-CH, English and Comparative Literature
Amy Weil, UNC-CH, School of Medicine

Higher Ed Working Group

The Higher Ed Working Group will consider challenges currently facing colleges and universities. We will focus on issues of access and success, the growing disconnection between universities and the public at large, and the nature of regulation by university governing bodies.


Buck Goldstein, UNC-CH, Economics
William Snider, UNC-CH, Neuroscience Center
Molly Worthen, UNC-CH, History
Matt Springer, UNC-CH, School of Education

Interdisciplinary Seminar in Health Disparities: Healthcare Delivery in the Age of COVID-19

This interdisciplinary Seminar will hold intensive and collaborative sessions focused on health outcome and health delivery problems resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our main research topic is health disparities in healthcare delivery and how the COVID-19 pandemic shapes systems and impacts resources, including human resources. Our main product from these collaborative interdisciplinary and multi-organizational work groups of health disparities researchers and students will be a focused grant proposal aimed at examining the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on care delivery and home health caregivers’ own health outcomes. All seminars will be virtual and will have accompanying information and resources provided through Sakai.

For more information on seminar dates or to join the PriHD listserv, please see our webpage (http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/blog/program/health-disparities/) and/or send an email to our program at healthdisparities@email.unc.edu


Crystal Cene, UNC-CH, School of Medicine

Interdisciplinary Seminar in Health Equity

This is the second academic year of funding for this seminar. Our previous year goals will carry forward this year with some additions and improvements. We still aim to become acquainted with researchers and students who are involved in or interested in health disparities; to understand how to build and refine a Program on Health Disparities for the Sheps Center based on interaction with seminar attendees and their identified needs; and to provide a space for researchers and students to present (and solicit feedback) on past and current research to a group of peers. All seminars will be virtual and will have accompanying information and resources provided through Sakai.

For more information on seminar dates or to join the PriHD listserv, please see our webpage (http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/blog/program/health-disparities/) and/or send an email to our program at healthdisparities@email.unc.edu


Erik Gellman, UNC-CH, History
Katherine Turk, UNC-CH, History
Nancy MacLean, Duke University, History
David Zonderman, NC State University, History

Labor and Working-Class History

This seminar primarily focuses upon the history of working-class people in the Americas. More specifically, it examines the changing nature of work in relation to the economy and state policy; class, race, gender, sexuality, and cultural formations among workers; and efforts to organize unions and other class-based social movements.


Crystal Cene, UNC-CH, School of Medicine

Moral Economies of Medicine Working Group

The pursuit of the Moral Economies of Medicine is to investigate the problem of how to create new, critical conversations about global health that may bridge the liberal arts-professional divide both in terms of scholarship and pedagogy.


Jocelyn Chua, UNC-CH, Anthropology
Michele Rivkin-Fish, UNC-CH, Anthropology
Barry Saunders, UNC-CH, Social Medicine

NC German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series (NCGS)

The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series (NCGS) was started in 2007 by an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional group of scholars in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, because the state of North Carolina possesses an incredibly rich and impressive roster of scholars working in German Studies and Central European History. It is home to nationally and internationally recognized graduate programs in these fields. Its colleges and universities have incredibly successful undergraduate programs responsible for producing highly proficient speakers and thinkers of Germanic languages, histories and cultures. In order to strengthen the bonds between all these precious assets, the North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series seeks to foster interdisciplinary and inter-institutional intellectual exchange about new and innovative research among students, scholars, and the wider community at both public and private institutions of higher learning.



Karen Hagemann, UNC-CH, History
Konrad Jarausch, UNC-CH, History
Priscilla Layne, UNC-CH, Germanic & Slavic LL
James Chapel, Duke University, History
Jakob Norberg, Duke University, German Studies
Andrea Sinn, Elon University, History; Geography

North Carolina Jewish Studies Seminar

The North Carolina Jewish Studies Seminar offers a stimulating and exciting forum for academic engagement on Jewish history, culture, and religion.   Since its inception in 2001 under the name Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar, the seminar has brought together faculty, graduate students, and internationally renowned scholars to discuss cutting edge work in Jewish Studies.  Meetings are held monthly, and papers are distributed in advance for all to read.  The Seminar is a collaborative partnership of Duke, NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest, with participants coming from universities and colleges across North Carolina.  Closely coordinated with the NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill public lecture series in Jewish Studies, the seminar enriches the scholarly climate in the area and strengthens the Jewish Studies programs in the local universities.


Shai Ginsberg, Duke University, Asian and Middles Eastern Studies
Malachi Hacohen, Duke University, History
Verena Kasper-Marienberg, NC State, History
Evyatar Marienberg, UNC-CH, Religious Studies
Julie Mell, NC State, History
Ruth von Bernuth, UNC-CH, Germanic Languages
David P. Weinstein, Wake Forest, Political Science

North Carolina Maternal Behavioral Health Collaborative

The North Carolina Maternal Behavioral Health Collaborative aims to develop grant proposals and/or policy solutions to improve screening and access to treatment statewide for maternal behavioral health disorders. Poor maternal mental health is associated with numerous adverse outcomes for the mother and infant. A tailored approach specific to North Carolina is required due to the diverse demographics, economies, and geographies of the state. NC Maternal Mental Health MATTERS is piloting education, consultation, and telepsychiatry services to help strengthen these systems, but is funded through a 5-year HRSA grant ending in 2023. This seminar will aim to build on MATTERS work and develop a sustainable avenue for enhancing screening, assessment, and treatment of perinatal behavioral health disorders.


Karen Burns, School of Medicine, Psychiatry
Mary Kimmel, School of Medicine, Psychiatry
Gary Maslow, Duke University, School of Medicine
Chelsea Swanson, Duke University, School of Medicine
Brittney Sala, Division of Public Health, Women’s Health

Racial Literacies

Racial Literacies is a seminar designed to bring together the various constituents of the UNC Chapel Hill community to engage in intellectual, productive, honest, problem-oriented, and frank conversations about race and other intersectional issues (gender, sexuality, class, religion, nationality, ethnicity, ability—etc.) We anticipate that one outcome of the “Racial Literacies” seminar will be a multi-modal website that provides resources on talking about race and the experiences of race and racism that various people have had at UNC Chapel Hill.

website: https://racialliteracies.web.unc.edu


Michael Palm, UNC-CH, Communication
Susan Griffin, UNC-CH Libraries

Religion and Spirituality in the 21st Century University

This interdisciplinary and interinstitutional seminar explores ways that faith, religions, spiritual practices and beliefs intersect with and help define our universities and the communities we share and serve. Participants from Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and the National Humanities Center will consider how religion and spirituality align with emerging educational and institutional goals.


Suzanne Gulledge, UNC-CH, Academic Leaders Program, Institute for Arts and Humanities
Andy Mink, National Humanities Center
Luke Powery, Duke University, Duke Chapel and Divinity School

Religion and Theory Reading Group

This group brings together area faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars, and others to discuss important new texts in religious studies and recent critical theory. It aims to foster multidisciplinary and critical engagement with the role of religion in contemporary cultural politics.


Randall Styers, UNC-CH, Religious Studies

Jessica Boon, UNC-CH, Religious Studies

Rural Carolina, Globally Tackling Obesity in Pregnancy

The process of becoming a mother is influenced not just by access to care but also by socio-cultural factors, work, and lifestyle. Is it ever possible to make women-centered care and social services in a resource-limited rural Carolina? The goal of the seminar series is to find a pragmatic solution to improve the health of pregnant women and their offspring in rural Carolina through the eyes of pregnant women.


SeonAe Yeo, UNC-CH, Nursing

Carmen Samuel-Hodge, UNC-CH, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Jennifer Leeman, UNC-CH, Nursing

Rural Health Research Seminar  Series


Mark Holmes, UNC-CH, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

Russia and Its Empires, East and West

The seminar brings together scholars interested in Russia and the Russian / Soviet space. Because the Piedmont boasts a high concentration of interdisciplinary scholars in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern European Studies, including a large number of outstanding graduate students, this seminar gives the area’s universities and scholars the time and place to share their research as they are in the process of writing. Conducted basically as a workshop, it offers the particular benefit of giving participants the opportunity to cross disciplinary boundaries while they are still in the middle of their projects. In addition, one or two scholars from outside the region are invited to present work-in-progress that overlaps with that of area scholars.


Eren Tasar, UNC-CH, History

Southeast Asian Approaches

Situated between China and India, Southeast Asia sits at a crossroads of ancient and ongoing global commerce, cultural flows, and political influences. Via informal conversations, a speaker series, and cultural events, this seminar aims to lend visibility to the importance and interdisciplinarity of Southeast Asian studies.


Lorraine Aragon, UNC-CH, Anthropology

Becky Butler, UNC-CH, Linguistics

Kevin Fogg, UNC-CH, Carolina Asia Center
Christian Lentz, UNC-CH, Geography
Don Nonini, UNC-CH, Anthropology
Margaret Weiner, UNC-CH, Anthropology

The Perils and Promise of Capitalism in the 21st Century

This seminar is devoted to analyzing the present state of capitalism in the U.S. and other parts of the world, and to attempting to come up with viable ways to improve its performance in terms of justice and equity.


Peter Coclanis, UNC-CH, History
Arne Kalleberg, UNC-CH, Sociology

The Theory and Politics of Relationality

The seminar aims to understand, and provisionally map, the ways in which relationality is fostering an emerging ontological-political field with the potential to reorient cultural and social practice towards the intersecting goals of ecological sustainability, cultural pluralism, and social justice.


Arturo Escobar, UNC-CH, Anthropology
Michal Osterweil, UNC-CH, Curriculum in Global Studies

Transforming Inquiry through Digital Text Analysis

This seminar brings together a diverse group of faculty, staff, and graduate students for regular meetings to understand and engage the potential and practice of analyzing texts using natural language processing for inquiry, research, and teaching in the humanities and social sciences.


Daniel Anderson, UNC-CH, English and Comparative Literature
Lorin Bruckner, UNC-CH, University Library
Grant Glass, UNC-CH, English and Comparative Literature
Jacob Hill, UNC-CH, Information and Library Science
Matt Jansen, UNC-CH, University Library
Timothy Marr, UNC-CH, American Studies
Courtney Rivard, UNC-CH, English and Comparative Literature

Transformative Pedagogy in Times of Crisis

The seminar will look at the uses of contemplative and embodied practices with a focus on their intersection with social change and social justice education. The goal is both to expose faculty and students to these practices and to explore and interrogate their role in higher education, particularly in times of crisis (like Covid-19).


Michal Osterweil, UNC-CH, Curriculum in Global Studies
Michele Berger, UNC-CH, Women & Gender Studies

Transnational and Global Modern History

Transnational and Global Modern History seminar is rooted in the comparative and connected study of the history of modern empires and its critics, “decolonization”, and the history of movement between and amongst various territorial entities in the modern era. It will explore the transnational study of the ideas and cultures that constituted and transcended national contexts, fashioning global political cultures and intellectual exchanges.


Cemil Aydin, UNC-CH, History
Susan Pennybacker, UNC-CH, History

Triangle Early American History Seminar (TEAHS)

This seminar is a group of early American historians from multiple North Carolina colleges and universities who meet to discuss pre-circulated papers. The Triangle Early American History seminar is on the cutting edge of early American History scholarship. The group pushes the geographic boundaries of the field to include regions far beyond the original United States, spanning both North America and Latin America, recognizing that early modern peoples saw the region as overlapping localities. Major themes include race, gender, and empire.


Kathleen DuVal, UNC-CH, History

Megan Cherry, NC State University, History

Juliana Barr, Duke University, History

Triangle Global British History (TGBHS)

The Triangle Global British History seminar, founded in 2011, considers all aspects of British history, the history of the former British Empire, and all genre of British studies, across temporal, geographic and disciplinary boundaries. We present speakers who work on the period from the 16th century to the present, encompassing “early modern” and “modern” histories, and the domestic, global, and transnational. Political, legal, social, cultural, economic and intellectual histories and new work on metropolitan Britain and Ireland, as well as on colonial and post-colonial contexts, and their interplay, constitute our subjects.


Susan Pennybacker, UNC-CH, History

Triangle Health Economics Workshop

The Triangle Health Economics Workshop (THEW) is a multi-departmental seminar series organized by faculty in the Departments of Health Policy and Management, Economics, and Public Policy at UNC. Held approximately bi-weekly during the academic year, the seminar brings together health economists from across the Triangle to discuss current research by invited speakers in economics, medicine and public health.

website: http://thew.web.unc.edu/


Justin Trogdon, UNC-CH, Health Policy and Management
Donna Gilleskie, UNC-CH, Economics

Triangle Intellectual History

The Triangle Intellectual History Seminar brings together the Triangle area’s exceptional concentration of historians who practice intellectual history or who work in closely related fields such as literature and the history of science. This seminar focuses on new trends in global intellectual history, discusses papers by graduate students as well as area faculty colleagues, and invites guest presenters from outside North Carolina. Participants offer diverse perspectives on innovative works in progress and explore the connections between social contexts and ideas.


Lloyd Kramer, UNC-CH, History
James Chappel, Duke University, History

Triangle Legal History

The Triangle Legal History Seminar (TLHS) brings together faculty and graduate students with an interest in legal history, broadly conceived. We hope to stimulate scholarly conversation across the divides of space, time, and methodological approach.


Emily Burrill, UNC-CH, Women & Gender Studies; History
Siobhan Barco, Princeton University, History
Samuel Fury Childs Daly, Duke University, African & African American Studies
David Gilmartin, NC State University, History

Triangle Medieval Studies

A collaborative effort between Duke, North Carolina State, and UNC-Chapel Hill, the Triangle Medieval Studies Seminar (TMSS) offers a humanities-based, interdisciplinary forum for the study of history, art history, religious studies, literature, music, women’s studies and more ca. 500 – 1500 in Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic world along with other regions.


Brett Whalen, UNC-CH, History
Jessica Boon, UNC-CH, Religious Studies

Working Group in Feminism and History

This seminar includes historians based at Triangle universities who meet to discuss gender-related topics that cut across regional and temporal specializations.


Katherine Turk, UNC-CH, History
Emily S. Burrill, UNC-CH, Womens & Gender Studies