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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 Classic Germany trip in 2018.

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 serves as Royster Distinguished Professor for Graduate Education at Carolina. Professor Collins will serve as lecturer on our ACA Basque Country trip in 2018.

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 Israel: Timeless Wonders trip in 2018.

Ritchie 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 lecturer on our Journey to Cornwall trip in 2018.

George Lensing

George Lensing recently retired from the English Department having taught in the department for 47 years.  His special interests include twentieth century literature, especially poetry.  He as been Dean of Honors, secretary of the faculty, Director of Office of Distinguished Scholarships and served in various administrative offices in the English Department. Dr. Lensing will serve as lecturer on our Journey Through Britain trip in 2018.

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 Norwegian Splendor trip in 2018.