Faculty Travel Hosts

About Our Faculty

Many Tar Heel Travel trips feature lectures by our award-winning faculty. Read more about faculty members who have traveled with us recently or who are scheduled to travel below.

With the current limitations on travel due to the coronavirus, check out these videos from from our outstanding faculty and tour partners who endeavor to bring the world to you.

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 enrichment lecturer on our Eastern and Oriental Express trip in 2021.

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 Classic Cities of Spain trip in 2021.

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 enrichment lecturer on our Flavors of Northern Italy tour in 2021.

Richie Kendall

Ritchie Kendall recently retired from UNC.  While at UNC, he coordinated the selection of Honors Carolina students and was responsible for Honors course programming and extracurricular activities. He is an award-winning English professor who served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, and Assistant Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. His studies examines a range of emergent economic activity in London in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries as represented in the city comedies of Dekker, Heywood, Jonson, Middleton, and others. Changing modes and sites of production and distribution of goods, shifts in concepts of credit and exchange, and alterations in the patterns of accumulating and dispersing wealth are among the areas investigated.

Dr. Kendall earned his undergraduate degree from Yale, and then master’s and PhD degrees at Harvard.

Professor Emeritus Kendall will serve as enrichment lecturer for our Journey to Cornwall alumni trip in 2021.

Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC, is  the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Jodi has participated on 20 different excavations in Israel and Greece, including co-directing the 1995 excavations in the Roman siege works at Masada.  From 2003-2007 she co-directed excavations in the late Roman fort at Yotvata, Israel.  Since 2011, Magness has directed excavations at Huqoq in Galilee (

She received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1977), and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania (1989).  Professor Magness will serve as enrichment lecturer on our Israel: Timeless Wonders trip in 2021.

Don Raleigh

Recently retired from UNC, Dr. Donald J. Raleigh was the Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor of History at UNC.  As a political and social historian, he has written extensively on the Russian Revolution and Civil War, with a particular emphasis on local history.  More recently, Raleigh has practiced oral history in the post-WWII period, resulting in publication of Soviet Baby Boomers: An Oral History of Russia’s Cold War Generation (Oxford University Press, 2012), a Russian translation of which was released in Moscow in 2015.  His current project, a biography of Soviet leader Leonid Ilich Brezhnev, has taken him to remote archives in Ukraine, Moldova, and Kazakhstan, and to central archives in Moscow.  Raleigh has served as the faculty host on six alumni tours to Russia and Ukraine. Professor Emeritus Raleigh with serve as enrichment lecturer on our Imperial Splendors of Russia trip in 2021.

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 enrichment lecturer on our Scotland trip in 2021.

Brent Wissick

Brent Wissick has been a music professor at Carolina since 1982, teaching cello, chamber music, early music and acoustics. His concerts and lectures have taken him throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia; as a soloist and  with groups like American Bach Soloists, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Folger Consort,  Dallas Bach Society, Boston Early Music Festival and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra; and he can be heard on many recordings.  Professor Wissick will serve as enrichment lecturer on our Enchanting Bavaria trip in 2021.