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About Our Faculty

Many Tar Heel Travel trips feature lectures by our award-winning faculty. Faculty members who have traveled with us recently or who are scheduled to travel with us include the following.

Peter Coclanis

Coclanis_Peter_webPeter Coclanis, Albert R. Newsome Professor and former chair of the history department, is director of the Global Research Institute at UNC. The Global Research Institute, founded in 2009, is envisioned as a center for scholarly research on key international questions. Previously, he served as UNC’s first associate provost for international affairs, providing leadership for the University’s international endeavors, serving as spokesman and overseer of international activities, and leading in the development of UNC’s global mission.  In fall 2005, Coclanis held the Sir Thomas Stafford Raffles Distinguished Professorship in History at the National University of Singapore.  He travels a great deal to Southeast Asia and has published extensively on the region, and serves on the board of the Kenan Institute Asia.  Born in Chicago, Coclanis received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1984, joining the faculty at UNC that same year. Professor Coclanis will serve as lecturer on our Romance of the Douro River in 2020.

Marsha Collins

Marsha S. Collins is a Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a hispanist and a comparatist, specializing in the Literature and Culture of Early Modern Spain in relation to other European Literatures and Cultures of the 16th and 17th centuries. She is the author of Imagining Arcadia in Renaissance Romance (Routledge, 2016), and is currently writing a book on friendship and community in Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote. Professor Collins earned her PhD at Princeton University and previously served as the Royster Distinguished Professor for Graduate Education at Carolina. Collins will serve as enrichment lecturer for our Spain ~ Andalucia alumni trip in 2020.

Bart Ehrman

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has taught since 1988.  Professor Ehrman has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity, having written or edited thirty-one books, including five New York Times Bestsellers.  He has also recorded eight lecture courses for The Great Courses (The Teaching Company).   More than two million copies of his books and courses have been sold, and his books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. Professor Ehrman will serve as lecturer on our Discover Egypt & the Nile Valley trip in 2020.

Richie Kendall

Ritchie Kendall coordinates the selection of Honors Carolina students and is responsible for Honors course programming and extracurricular activities. He is an award-winning English professor who has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, and Assistant Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. He led the inaugural Honors London Semester Abroad and has directed the program three times since. He is the author of The Drama of Dissent, an investigation of late medieval and Renaissance religious nonconformists and their uneasy relationship with contemporary theater. Currently, he is completing a book manuscript, Funny Business: Telling Stories of Economic Innovation and Change. The study examines a range of emergent economic activities in England and America, beginning in the late sixteenth century and concluding with Hollywood responses to the merger and acquisition scandals of the 80’s and the financial collapse of 2008. Discussing artists from Shakespeare and Marlowe to Daniel Defoe to Charles Dickens to Oliver Stone, the book explores cultural excitement and anxiety about major shifts in wealth production and the disruptive social changes they engender. Dean Kendall earned his undergraduate degree from Yale, and then master’s and PhD degrees at Harvard. Dean Kendall will serve as enrichment lecturer for our Journey to Corwall alumni trip in 2020.

Don Raleigh

Donald J. Raleigh

Don Raleigh is the Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor of History. His research and teaching interests focus on twentieth-century Russian history. As a political and social historian, he wrote extensively on the Russian Revolution, with a particular emphasis on local history. Access to long-sealed Soviet archives shaped his later work on the Russian civil war as did his interest in cultural history. More recently, Professor Raleigh has practiced oral history in the post-WWII period and is currently writing a biography of Soviet leader Leonid Ilich Brezhnev. His most recent book is Soviet Baby Boomers: An Oral History of Russia’s Cold War Generation (Oxford University Press, 2012). Raleigh has traveled to Russia 40 times since 1971 and served as the enrichment lecturer on three alumni tours to Russia and Ukraine. Professor Raleigh with serve as enrichment lecturer on our Grand Danube Passage trip in 2020.

Kevin Stewart

Kevin Stewart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley and his research is focused on the evolution of mountain belts, including the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Wyoming. Stewart has won several University teaching awards and is the co-author of Exploring the Geology of the Carolinas from UNC Press. He has served as UNC enrichment lecturer on previous alumni tours to Alaska and the national parks of the Northwestern and Southwestern U.S. Professor Stewart will serve as lecturer on our Scotland trip in 2020.

Stephen Walsh

STEPHEN J. WALSH is the Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor; Professor of Geography; Director, Center for Galapagos Studies; Co-Director, Galapagos Science Center, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador; Member, Curriculum for the Environment & Ecology; Research Fellow, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Adjunct Professor, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador.

In the Galápagos Islands, Walsh is leading the UNC Galapagos Initiative with faculty from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Galápagos National Park. Walsh is conducting a host of research topics in the Galápagos Islands that include mangrove forests and endemic bird populations; land use and invasive plant species; social and ecological vulnerability of beaches; and dynamic systems modeling of social, terrestrial and marine subsystems in the Galapagos Islands and the interactions of local factors and global forces on social and ecological dynamics and adaptive behaviors for sustainability. Much of the research is conducted at the Galapagos Science Center, which is also shared with students from UNC through Study Abroad Programs that are conducted during the spring semester as well as summer sessions. In addition, Walsh is the Co-Editor of a new Galapagos Book Series with Springer Science & Business Media, “Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands.” The first book in the Series was recently published, edited by Walsh & Mena (2013), “Science and Conservation in the Galapagos Islands: Frameworks & Perspectives.” Professor Walsh will serve as lecturer on our Galapagos Islands trip in 2020.