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Rosa Perelmuter
Director
Professor of Spanish

Rosa Perelmuter has been director of MURAP since 2006. She is was born in Cuba, completed high school and college in Boston, and received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Michigan. As Professor of Spanish American Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, she writes and teaches about Colonial authors ranging from Columbus to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. She is the author of two books on the latter, the acclaimed “Tenth Muse” of seventeenth-century Mexico: Noche intelectual: La oscuridad idiomática en el “Primero sueño” and Los límites de la femineidad en Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Estrategias retóricas y recepción literaria. Prof. Perelmuter’s many articles have appeared in national and international academic journals. After serving as a MURAP mentor for over a decade, she became its Interim Director in 2005, and has been Director of the program since September 2006. While she tries to keep up with her teaching, departmental and MURAP duties she is attempting to forge ahead with her research agenda, which includes two very different book-length studies. One centers on a celebrated sixteenth-century epic poem written in Chile, tentatively titled “The Rhetoric of Space in Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga’s La Araucana: Nature, Science and Ideology.” The other is a historical personal memoir of the Jewish community in Cuba and has the working title of “Growing Up Jewish in Havana: Culture, Identity and Community.”


Ashley Lee
Program Coordinator

Ashley Lee coordinates all aspects of the activities for the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP). She received a B.A. In English from the University of Iowa where her thesis, “Inheritors of Dominant Visibility: Queer Sexual Black Men and the Reconfigurement of African American Canonical Fiction,” earned her honors. In 2014, Ashley was a student participant in MURAP, working with Kennetta Hammond Perry who is also a MURAP alumna and currently Associate Professor of History at East Carolina University. Her research interests include questions of abjection and the multiplicity of blackness within fiction writing.

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Silpa Reddy Guda
Communications Manager

Silpa holds an undergraduate degree in Information Technology from SRM University, India. Currently, she is enrolled as a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill, pursuing a Masters degree in Information Science. She aims to pursue a career in Business Analytics. Her research interests include Information Retrieval and Analysis. She manages the websites for Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program and The Institute of African American Research. She also manages the Social Media and other communications related to MURAP.

1Wyatt Grant

Work-Study Student

Wyatt Grant serves as an Office Assistant to the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program and is currently a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill. Wyatt’s major is presently undeclared, but he is interested in sociology, journalism, and history. He looks forward to contributing to the Program’s mission of engaging minority students and faculty with research opportunities and mentorships

 snapchat-844105531Paakeweisi Krentsil

Work-Study Student

PK Krentsil is an Office Assistant to the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program and is a sophomore Sociology major from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Managing editor of Black Ink Magazine as well as a peer mentor with the Minority Advisory program. In his spare time, he enjoys making and listening to music.

3Nia Nelson

Work-Study Student

Nia is from Charlotte, North Carolina and a sophomore here at UNC Chapel Hill. She is majoring in Psychology and hopes to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology. She is also an Office Assistant to the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program. Nia plays the guitar, does martial arts, and loves listening to music.

4Laurel Foote-Hudson

Writing Workshop Coordinator

Laurel is a PhD candidate at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC. Laurel’s research interests have been influenced by her exposure to Spanish and Japanese languages and literature, the interadaptations of various media, and Cyberculture. Laurel’s dissertation, tenatively titled “Echoes of Honor”, employs a comparative approach toward the analysis of adaptations of honor in antional plays from Spain and Japan. For the past several years she has MURAP’s Writing Coordinator and GRE Verbal Assistant.

 5Jen Griffin Boehm

Writing Workshop Instructor

Jen is a PhD student in the Linguistics Department at UNC. Her main research interests are languages documentation and preservation, dialect variation and sociophonetics. Jen is currently working on her doctoral dissertation research on the S’gaw Karen language which is spoken by the Karen people from Burma. She is the recipient of the Paul and Fran Hoch Summer Research Fellowship in 2014. She is putting her experience in composition instruction and social sciences to good use as the Writing Assistant for MURAP. After she earns her PhD, Jen hopes to continue to document and promote awareness of linguistic diversity in North Carolina.

 6Susan Ryan

Communication Skills Workshop Instructor

Susannah Ryan is a doctoral student in Communication Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Her research conceives communication as an affective and embodied mode for negotiating relations in deeply contingent—at times chaotic—social/political states. Along this vein, her published work has taken up the possibilities of reconciliation in Central and Southern Africa through critical examinations of reparation and development. Constellating social theory, transitional politics, and performance, she is currently investigating the conditions of solidarity in order to articulate the dramatic turns into and out of moments of crises.