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Bill and Marcie Ferris, in the kitchen of their Chapel Hill home, will retire at the end of the spring semester, but Bill promises “we’ll continue our support for students and for UNC." (photo by Donn Young)

Dynamic Duo

Faculty couple Bill Ferris and Marcie Cohen Ferris are retiring, but their collective contributions to Southern studies and support for the university they love is far from over.

Spring 2018 Faculty Up Close, Features, Inside, Issues, Spring 2018



American studies assistant professor Ben Frey at his computer with a coffee pot and surrounding mugs. Words in Cherokee is written on the board behind him.

Saving an Endangered Language

Sociolinguistic scholar Ben Frey helps revitalize Cherokee.

Spring 2018 Faculty Up Close, Features, Inside, Spring 2018



Rachel Willis in front of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and Port of Wilmington

Water Over the Bridge

A professor of American studies is helping port communities worldwide understand how rising sea levels and other impacts of climate change affect shipping and coastal infrastructures.

Fall 2017 Faculty Up Close, Fall 2017, Features, Inside, Issues



Steve Anderson stands at a whiteboard and explains some of the theory behind improvisation in jazz composition at the National Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo.

A love for Latin rhythm

Music professor Stephen Anderson, a critically acclaimed composer and pianist, has a knack for finding Latin rhythms wherever he goes — most recently, the Dominican Republic.

Fall 2017 Faculty Up Close, Fall 2017, Features, Inside, Issues



Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks

Unintended consequences

UNC political scientists Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks have been married since 1999. They are among the world’s leading experts on Brexit and Europe’s shifting political dynamics.

Spring 2017 Faculty Up Close, Inside, Issues, Spring 2017



Jim Ketch and a student play instruments

Celebrating 40 years of jazz at Carolina

Music professor Jim Ketch (left) tells students “once you have an idea of what you want something to sound like, your body has a much easier job in making that … Continued

Spring 2017 Faculty Up Close, Inside, Issues, Spring 2017



Amy Oldenburg in front of a microscope

Shedding light

Physicist Amy Oldenburg uses noninvasive biomedical optics to see inside tissue.

Fall 2016 Faculty Up Close, Fall 2016, Inside, Issues



Donald Raleigh with his books

A scholar and a mentor

Russia scholar Donald Raleigh’s next big project is Brezhnev bio.

Fall 2016 Faculty Up Close, Fall 2016, Inside, Issues



Elizabeth Engelhardt in Wilson Library

‘Food is a Story about Class, Race and Gender’

Elizabeth Engelhardt started writing about food by beginning with leftovers. Not the remains of a meal; the remains of her research.

Fall 2015 Faculty Up Close, Fall 2015, Features, Issues



Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld and Meenu Tewari in the Carolina Campus Community Garden.

Supermarkets and Locavores: Allies or Adversaries?

Large chain supermarkets may seem the antithesis of the local food movement, but UNC researchers have found that supermarkets can play a key role in building strong, sustainable local food … Continued

Fall 2015 Faculty Up Close, Fall 2015, Features, Issues