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Rosa Perelmuter
Director
Professor of Spanish Rosa Perelmuter has been director of MURAP since 2006. She 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 book-length project that details the history, literary output, and public and personal memories of the large community of Ashkenazic Jews who made Cuba their home starting in the 1920s, tentatively titled Yiddish Cuba: Community, Literature, Identity.
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Mimi Gordor
Program Coordinator
Mimi Gordor (MURAP 2016) graduated cum laude with a degree in English from Bryn Mawr College. While a member of the 2016 MURAP cohort, she worked under the mentorship of Dr. GerShun Avilez on a research paper titled, “‘The Best Thing About America Is That It Gives You Space’: Defining Success in The Diaspora for The African Woman and Creating Alternative Spaces at Home in Chimamanda’s Americanah.” Mimi’s most recent research interests are the performance of the African “self” in hybrid constructions of “home” in Ghanaian and Nigerian diasporic fiction, vis à vis Afropolitanism. She plans to pursue a PhD in English with a concentration in African and Africana Studies.
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Emily Jack
Communications Manager
Emily Jack is a librarian at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Communications Manager for MURAP. She holds an MLS from the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and a BA in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College.
Paakeweisi Krentsil

Office Assistant

Shakiera Branch is a first-year student at UNC-Chapel Hill from Virginia. She is an Office Assistant to the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program. She is majoring in psychology and plans to attend graduate school after she graduates. In her spare time, Shakiera enjoys spending time with family and friends and volunteering.

photo of tatianaTatiana Farmer

Office Assistant

Tatiana Farmer serves as an Office Assistant to the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program. She is from Wilson, North Carolina and is currently a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Global Studies with a possible minor in Japanese. In her free time, Tatiana enjoys reading, volunteering and studying languages.

photo of daniel mulumbaDaniel Mulumba

Office Assistant

Daniel Mulumba is a freshman nursing major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from Greenville, NC. Daniel loves to volunteer and help others during his free time. Daniel hopes to become a nurse anesthetist in the future.

5Jen Griffin Boehm

Writing Workshop Coordinator

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.