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We have an alumni database of 488 students mentored as of July 2016. Of the 468 alumni who have completed their undergraduate education as of June 2016, 298 or 63% have enrolled in or have completed graduate programs, 26% have completed or are in the process of completing Master’s degrees, 36% have completed or are currently pursuing Ph.D. programs, and 15% are teaching in colleges and universities.

The aim of MURAP is to have students successfully complete their advanced degree programs and enter the ranks of the professoriate. The success of the program can be gauged quantitatively by the proportion of MURAP students who pursue graduate studies in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Some examples of MURAP alumni who currently hold academic positions are shown in the table below. It is therefore important that we maintain contact with students after their summer experience and continue to provide encouragement and support to them with respect to doctoral studies. To achieve this, we have developed a systematic “tracking” process through which we hope to follow students in the years following their summer at UNC-Chapel Hill. We ask that alumni keep us updated with respect to their achievements, contact information, employment and other changes with regard to their educational and work status by contacting our Alumni Coordinator, Mimi Gordor (MURAP 2016) at It is imperative that we keep track of such information and report it accurately as we prepare materials showcasing alumni achievements and progress in grant-related and publicity reports. Also, it will help us in identifying alumni who may be able to assist other alumni through their journey in graduate school and beyond.

MURAP alumni can also search for MURAP news and contacts through our Facebook page which was created to help alumni keep in touch with one another and to provide an additional tool for identifying alumni with similar interests. We regularly update the page with current MURAP news and events, so if you are on Facebook, please “like” us and invite others you know to join too! You can also get up-to-date news via our Twitter account @MURAP_UNC.

A sampling of MURAP alumni holding academic positions:


MURAP Alumni in Academia (as of May 2017)

Total: 72

* Indicates Tenure Received (21)

Year Last Name First Name Position/Institution Graduate Degree/ Institution
1989 *Mickle Mildred Associate Professor of English, Penn State Greater Allegheny English (PhD 1993), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1991 *Jennings Michael Associate Professor of Education & Associate Dean College of Education & Human Development, University of Texas at San Antonio Social Foundations of Education (PhD 2000), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
McCluskey Malik Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD 2001)
*Moore Mignon Associate Professor of Sociology, Barnard College & Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at UCLA Sociology (PhD 1998), University of Chicago
*Peterson Charles Visiting Africana Studies

Associate Professor at Oberlin College

Philosophy (PhD 2000), SUNY-Binghamton
1994 Biggs Adam Lecturer, University of South Carolina-Lancaster History (ABD), Harvard University
*Johnson Brian President, Tuskegee University (2014-2017)

Assistant Professor of English at Gordon College (Wenham, Massachusetts) (2003-2006), Associate Professor of English at Claflin University (Orangeburg, South Carolina) (2005-2007), Associate Professor of English at Johnson C. Smith University (2007-2010)

English (PhD 2003), University of South Carolina, Columbia
*Waligora- Davis Nicole Associate Professor of English, Rice University English Literature (PhD 2001), Duke University
1995 *Jay Michelle Associate Professor of Educational Studies, University of South Carolina (Programs in Educational Psychology, Research & Foundations) Culture, Curriculum and Change Education (PhD 2006), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
*Middleton Richard Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis Political Science (PhD 2001 and JD 2009), University of Missouri- Columbia
*Polyne Millery Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of History, New York University History (PhD 2003), University of Michigan
 1996 Adams III Chase Assistant Professor of Mathematics,

Coppin State University (Until 2015)

Mathematics (PhD 2006), Howard University
*Chandler Gena Associate Professor of English, Virginia Tech University English (PhD 2004), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
*Simmons Kami Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement, Director of the Criminal Justice Program, Wake Forest University Law (JD, 1999), Harvard University
*Eddins- Spencer Melanie Associate Professor of Mathematics, Prairie State College Mathematics (PhD 2004), University of Alabama
*Engerman Kimarie Associate Professor of Psychology, the University of the Virgin Islands-St. Thomas (Interim Dean of Liberal Arts) Educational Psychology (PhD 2002), Howard University
*Williams Zachery Associate Professor of History, University of Akron History (PhD 2003), Bowling Green State University
1997 Al-Amin John Vice President of Administrative Services, Los Angeles City College Business (PhD 2008), California Pacific University
*Brown Korey Associate Professor of History, Prince George’s Community College  US History, (PhD 2010)  Howard University
Davis- Simpson Rynetta Assistant Professor of English, University of Kentucky American Literature (PhD 2006), University of Kentucky at Lexington
Johnson Marc Associate Dean for Master’s Studies, Harvard University Higher Education (PhD 2015), Harvard University
*Mizelle Richard Associate Professor of History, University of Houston History (PhD 2006), Rutgers University
Staggers-Hakim Raja Assistant Professor of Health Science, Sacred Heart University (2009-2015) Sociology (PhD 2009), Howard University
1998 *Beverly Monifa Professor of Education, Northcentral University (Scottsdale, Arizona) Education (PhD 2007), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Calvente Lisa Assistant Professor of Intercultural Communication and Performance Studies, DePaul University Communications (PhD 2002), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Gutierrez Leslie Assistant Professor of Spanish                Johnson C. Smith University English (PhD 2015), Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Parrish Robert Lecturer/Law Professor, Elon University Law (JD 2004), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Frazier Krystal Assistant Professor of History, West Virginia University History (PhD 2009), Rutgers University
Pratt Tia Noelle Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, St. Joseph’s University; Adjunct Coordinator of the Intercultural Foundations Certificate Program, Chestnut Hill College Sociology of Religion (PhD 2010), Fordham University
1999 *Alamo- Pastrana Carlos Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latina/o Studies, Vassar College (2016- ) Sociology (PhD 2009), University of California, Santa Barbara
Bullock John Assistant Professor of

Political Science, Towson University


Political Science (PhD 2009),

University of Maryland at College Park



Sonya Maria Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies,

Beloit College


Anthropology and African

& African American Studies (Dual PhDs 2012), Michigan State University
Tovar Carmen (Patty) Affiliate Scholar, Oberlin College Spanish (PhD 2008), University of California, Irvine
2000 Alao Folashade Director of Undergraduate Research Programs, Emory University (2015-) American Studies (PhD, 2009), Emory University
Ashford Shannon Adjunct Professor, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Public Policy (MA), Columbia University
*Perry Kennetta Associate Professor of History, East Carolina University (2009-) History (PhD 2006), Michigan State University
*Dyson Omari Associate Professor of Education, Benedict College Curriculum Studies (PhD 2008), Purdue University
Lee (formerly Green) Marquisha Adjunct Instructor of Psychology, North Carolina Central University Clinical Health Psychology (PhD 2009), Ohio State University
Randolph L.J. Assistant Professor of Spanish, University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Spanish/Linguistics (EdD, 2011) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
*Sealey Kris Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fairfield University Philosophy (PhD 2007), University of Memphis
      2001 Al’Uqdah Shareefah Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology, Howard University Counseling Psychology (PhD 2010), Howard University
Bolton Philathia Assistant Professor of English, University of Akron American Studies (PhD 2012), Purdue University
Cox Robynn Assistant Professor of Economics, Spelman College Economics (PhD 2009), Georgia State University
Praylow Perzavia Assistant Professor of History, Augusta State University History (PhD 2012), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2002 Burford Tanisha Assistant Professor of Psychology, Hampton University Psychology (PhD 2009), Howard University
Chester Charlene Assistant Professor of Psychology, Morgan State University Psychology (PhD 2012), Pennsylvania State University
Evans Danielle Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin-Madison English: Fiction Writing (MFA 2006), University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop
Harris Lasana Assistant Professor, Leiden University (Netherlands) Psychology and Neuroscience (PhD 2007), Princeton University
Goldthree Reena Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, Dartmouth College History (PhD 2010), Duke University
Kazeem Aramide Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Sociology, Western Kentucky University (2014- ) Rural Sociology (PhD 2010), Pennsylvania State University
Luna Zakiya Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara Sociology and Women’s Studies (PhD 2011), University of Michigan
Zabriskie Meccasia Assistant Professor of Sociology, New College of Florida Sociology (PhD 2013), Northwestern University
2003 Ralph Laurence John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University Anthropology (PhD 2010), Harvard University
Chanza-Torres Eileen Assistant Professor of English,                Westminster College English (PhD 2013), Stony Brook University
Welburn Jessica Assistant Professor, Sociology and African American Studies, University of Iowa Sociology (PhD 2011), Harvard University
2004 Crawford Geniece Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice, Wingate University Sociology, (PhD 2013), Harvard University
El-Sabawi Taleed Associate Faculty of Business Management, University of Phoenix (2012-2014) Law (JD 2009), University of Texas
Nwabuzor Ijeoma Assistant Professor of Social Work, San Diego State University Social Work (PhD 2012), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Haywood D’Weston Assistant Professor of History, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2013-) History (PhD 2013), Northwestern University
2005 Landor Antoinette Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri. Human Development and Family Science (PhD 2012), University of Georgia
Winford Brandon Assistant Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2014- ) History (PhD 2014), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Erving Christy Assistant Professor of Sociology,


Sociology (PhD 2014), Indiana University, Bloomington
Luedke Courtney Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (PhD 2014), University of Wisconsin, Madison
2006 Berry Erin Lecturer of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University (2016- ) Organizational Communications and Public Affairs (MA 2010), Bowie State University
2007 Covert Charnell Professor of Black Studies at NYC College of Technology Women’s Health, (MA 2010), Suffolk University
Ebunlomo (Odeneye) Ebun Associate Professor, American Public University System Public Health (PhD 2014), University of Texas
2008 Iloh Constance Assistant Professor of Higher Education

University of California, Irvine

Urban Education Policy (PhD 2015), University of Southern California
Smalls Samanthis Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow in History,               University of Colorado, Boulder (2016-2018) History (PhD 2015), Duke University
2009 Uribe Johan Assistant Professor of Economics,

Denison University

Economics (PhD 2016), University of Utah
McMillan Cottom Tressie Assistant Professor of Sociology,

Virginia Commonwealth University (2015- )

Sociology (PhD 2015), Emory University
2011 Roberts Steven Assistant Professor of Psychology Psychology (PhD 2017), University of Michigan