Teaching Faculty

Honors Colloquium Instructors

   Ian Aitken
Ian Aitken Ian received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UNCG and a Master’s of Education in Student Affairs from the University of Virginia. Ian has taught Honors Colloquium, Spartan Wellness Integrated Studies, and, Ian's professional interests include Residential Colleges and Health & Wellness initiatives. Ian has experience working in Marketing & Promotions for UNCG Athletics where he was Co-founder of the Blue Crew and can often be found cheering on the Spartans at UNCG Athletics events. Always up for a road trip, Ian traveled from Georgia to California, north to Canada, east to Maine, and home again to Greensboro (Favorite locations were the Valley of the Gods and Mt. Zion in Utah). Ian drove through 46 states while taking in America's National & State Parks.


   Julie Boyer
Julie Boyer Julie Boyer is the Coordinator of Admissions and Academic Advisor in Lloyd International Honors College. Julie earned her B.S. in Psychology and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Florida State University. She worked recruiting students to her alma mater as Special Assistant to the Dean at FSU’s College of Social Work. Prior to joining the Honors College at UNCG, she served as an Enrollment Services Officer, Counselor, Coordinator of Advising & Counseling and Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the South Campus of Broward College located in Pembroke Pines, FL. Julie has taught college success skills courses and numerous student success workshops on topics such as test anxiety and stress management.



   Pierre Campbell
Pierre Campbell Pierre Campbell works at UNCG as a Coordinator for Residence Life for the Historic Quad. He received a Masters in Postsecondary Education and Student Affairs at The University of Southern California and a B.A. in Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. Pierre’s professional interests include Greek Life, at-risk student retention, student support and advocacy, housing and residence life and multicultural affairs. A native of Los Angeles, CA, Pierre enjoys watching sports, playing basketball, visiting beaches, politics, movies, and reading.




   Porshe Chiles
Porshe Chiles Porshe Chiles is an Assistant Director in the Office of Intercultural Engagement at UNC Greensboro. Chiles’ work is aimed at fostering meaningful intra-cultural, cross-cultural, and intercultural understanding, dialogue, and appreciation. She received her BS in Journalism from the University of Texas at Tyler, and her M. Ed. in Higher Education from the University of North Texas. Before arriving at UNCG she was the Study Abroad Exchange Coordinator, and taught an Introduction to study abroad course at the University of North Texas.




   Shelley Ewing
Shelley Ewing is Project Coordinator, Healthy Relationships Initiative, UNC Greensboro. She brings more than 15 years of experience in project development and management to her role with Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative. As project coordinator, Shelley is responsible for day-to-day program oversight, expanding and strengthening HRI’s community partnerships, and contributing to the initiative’s marketing efforts.

Shelley honed her talents working in higher education, first with Meredith College, then High Point University and finally UNC Greensboro where she held the titles of Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Honors Academic Advisor for Lloyd International Honors College. During her time in higher education she earned a reputation for being a detail-oriented event and program manager, who manages to juggle it all with grace, skill, and good humor. Shelley holds a M.A. in Liberal Studies from UNC Greensboro and a B.A. in Psychology from Meredith College.

She is married to her high school sweetheart, Brian Ewing, and they have two terrier dogs Chumley and Leela. She enjoys watching TV and movies with her husband, reading murder-mysteries, and traveling to the NC mountains.


   Erica Farrar
Erica E. Farrar is Senior Assistant Director, Residence Life & Academic Enhancement, in the Office of Housing & Residence Life. She is a Maryland native, and joined the Spartan team in July 2010. Her diverse background encompasses over nineteen years of professional experience in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She received her B.A. in English Literature with a Secondary Education concentration and Cultural Anthropology minor from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland (1996). Student Leadership opportunities, including serving as a Resident Assistant, greatly influenced her career choice. She received a M.A. from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1998 and received other professional opportunities at Virginia Tech and North Carolina Central Universities in the areas of leadership development, student activities, teaching, new student and parent orientation. Mrs. Farrar has a passion for mentorship/coaching, experiential learning, spiritual growth and intercultural development. One of her favorite quotes to live by is from Dr. Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has."


   Maria Hayden
Maria Hayden Maria Hayden is the Coordinator of Data and Student Records and Academic Advisor in Lloyd International Honors College. She earned an Honors BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Guilford College with departmental honors in Philosophy and a MEd in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from UNCG. Before her employment at UNCG, Maria worked for many years as an academic advisor for Continuing Education students at Guilford College. She then transferred to a position as the Housing Coordinator, where she also served as a mentor and instructor for first-year students.




   Elliott Kimball
Elliott Kimball Elliott Kimball (he/him/his) joined UNC Greensboro's Office of Intercultural Engagement in August 2016 to work with LGBTQIA+ outreach and advocacy. Elliott is a native of North Carolina, bringing more than five years of work in higher education across areas such as residence life, fraternity and sorority affairs, sexual violence prevention and education, commuter student programs, and student engagement. Elliott holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Appalachian State University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Alabama. Elliott has taught first-year courses in the past for students participating in leadership and scholarship programs such as AVID. Elliott enjoys spending time with his dog Harvey, appreciates good food, regularly binges on Netflix, and is constantly traveling to be with friends and family.


   Chris Kirkman
Chris Kirkman Chris Kirkman is Senior Academic Advisor and Coordinator of International Honors in Lloyd International Honors College. In addition, he is currently a PhD student in UNCG's School of Education with a concentration in Literature, Language, Literacy, and Culture. He received his BA in English and History and MEd in English Education. His master's research work focused on issues of emerging writers and the use of imitation in developing writing skills. Chris has worked as Special Projects Manager at Education Research Information Center/Counseling and Student Services office (ERIC/CASS) developing the International Career Development Library, as well as worked as editor for various educational publications. Chris has also been a high school English teacher, certified in teaching Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition. Currently, he is interested in the role of the international experience in education, and student learning, and issues at the intersection of literature, literacy and identity.


   Wade Maki
Wade Maki Wade Maki teaches a variety of courses in Philosophy and for the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program with topics ranging from Business Ethics to The Meaning of Life. Wade is known for his innovative use of technology in both classroom and online courses. He has also connected students to the community through a partnership with Piedmont Business Ethics Award; applying ideas and concepts to real world problems is an important pedagogical focus. Having grown up in northern Minnesota where the growing season is extremely short, Wade has taken to southern gardening. Attracted to the Zen of Asian gardens, Wade’s yard is full of Japanese maples, conifers, Asian statuary, and numerous Japanese lanterns. He also grows vegetables, fruits, and herbs including the Stokes purple sweet potato. Wade also enjoys most things involving technology, history, Hobbits, or Sith Lords.


   Babette Shaw
Babette Shaw Babette Shaw, native to California, received her M.F.A. from the University of Memphis in 2015 and, prior, completed the Resident Certificate Program through Northwestern University in Cortona, Italy. She is an exhibiting photography-based social practice artist whose work includes fine art photography, sculpture, fiber art, installation and the written or spoken word. Her work addresses gender and race constructions, consequential disparities, and their intersections in contemporary culture. Her work is in public and private collections across the country.

In the School of Art, she teaches fine art photography and conceptual development, placing focus on quality of concept and craft, while encouraging students to engage in personal as well as historical and contemporary cultural study and reflection. As a community-based educator, she has written and led course workshops working with and empowering inner-city youth through processes of art making with the photographic lens.

Alongside her art practice and her teaching, she has served on numerous panels for organizations, including the National Center for Research on Women (CROW), and has given lectures at various academic and community-based institutions. She has served twice as juror for ApexArt, NYC.


   Frannie Varker
Frannie Varker is an Assistant Director UNCG Recreation & Wellness and is Director of the TEAM QUEST Program. She has a strong interest in Experiential Education and Peace Education. The nexus of these two philosophies is the focus of her research as she works towards a PhD in Educational Leadership at the UNCG.

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African American and African Diaspora Studies

   Dr. Omar H. Ali
Dr. Omar H. Ali Dr. Omar H. Ali is Interim Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College. He is a historian and ethnographer of the African Diaspora who explores the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds from the early modern period to the present. Of East Indian and Peruvian background, Dr. Ali is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. He has been a Fulbright professor of history and anthropology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, a visiting professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University, and a Library Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. In addition to his deanship in the Honors College Dr. Ali is also Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History in the African American & African Diaspora Studies Program, with faculty affiliations in the Department of History and with International and Global Studies. The winner of the Senior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in The College of Arts & Sciences in 2014, he was also nominated in 2015 for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's U.S. Professor of the Year award. Dr. Ali has served on the History Academic Advisory Committee of the College Board and the Teaching Prize Committee of the World History Association, as well as a Road Scholar for the North Carolina Humanities Council. He has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, PBS, Al Jazeera, Black Network Television, Time Warner Cable News, and Huffpost Live, among other media outlets. Dr. Ali recently gave a TEDx talk entitled "What's in a Name?: Islam, History, and Identity."

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   Dr. Susan Andreatta
Dr. Susan Andreatta Dr. Susan Andreatta is an applied sociocultural anthropologist who is interested in environmental and medical anthropology. She has worked in the Caribbean, Latin America, Southeastern States, Uganda and China. Her fieldwork experiences enable her to work with farmers, fishermen, immigrant agricultural laborers, and health care providers. Since arriving at UNCG in 1996 she has been involved in community engaged research. In 2001 she established Project Green Leaf, a University supported program involved in a number of outreach research projects working with farmers, farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture arrangements, migrant workers and urban connections to locally grown produce. This work has expanded to working with NC marine fisheries researchers and small-scale fishermen in Carteret County where they developed the first Community Supported Fisheries arrangement, a project that has caught on nationally and internationally. In addition, she co-directs UNCG’s campus gardens which has 50 raised plant beds for faculty, staff and student use.

   Charles Egeland
Charles Egeland Dr. Charles Egeland is a paleoanthropologist whose research centers on the evolution of human behavior. He directs field projects in Tanzania, where his teams are uncovering evidence for the earliest humans around 2 million years ago, and Armenia, where the artifacts of Neanderthals and their contemporaries are providing insight into the origins of modern humans around 200,000 years ago.




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   Maura Heyn
Maura Heyn Dr. Maura Heyn teaches archaeology, Latin, and Classical Civilization courses. Maura is a native of southern California, but she has loved living in North Carolina since moving here in 2004. She specializes in the archaeology of the Roman empire, and most of her publications focus on the funerary sculpture from Palmyra, an oasis city in the Syrian desert. She has worked on a number of excavations in Europe, including an excavation in the Roman Forum, but is really more of an “armchair archaeologist”. Together with Dr. Zarecki, she takes students on a faculty-led trip to Rome every other summer, and would be happy to share the enrollment details, if you're interested.


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   George Dimock
George Dimock Dr. George Dimock's current research centers on photography in the U.S. at the turn of the twentieth century. His approach is informed by semiotics and cultural studies. Earlier work focused on photographs of children and childhood with a particular emphasis on the child-labor photographs of Lewis Hine. In the fall of 2001, he curated an exhibition for the Weatherspoon Art Museum: Childhood Deployed: Pictorialism and Social Documentary in the U.S. (1890-1925). His most recent project seeks to recover a radical politics for American pictorialist photography.




   Professor Sheryl Oring
Sheryl Oring Professor Sheryl Oring’s work examines social issues through projects that incorporate old and new media to tell stories, examine public opinion and foster open exchange. Oring’s work has been shown at Bryant Park in New York City; the Berlin Wall Memorial; the Jewish Museum Berlin; the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, CA; the San Diego Museum of Art; as well as in major festivals such as Encuentro in São Paulo, Brazil, and the Art Prospect Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. She recently completed a large-scale public art installation at the San Diego International Airport; and her artist books are in collections including the Library of Congress, Tate Modern and the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg. Oring was co-curator of the Art in Odd Places / Greensboro festival in Fall 2013.

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   Janne Cannon
Janne Cannon Dr. Janne Cannon is an Adjunct Professor of Liberal Studies at UNCG and Emeritus Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. She received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Delaware and her Ph.D. in genetics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). After completing postdoctoral studies in medical microbiology, she joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine at UNC-CH. During the 30 years that she spent as a UNC-CH faculty member, she did research on bacteria that cause human diseases, especially those causing sexually transmitted infections. From 1980 to 2008, her research was continuously funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health. She also taught medical microbiology and infectious disease pathogenesis to medical students and graduate students. Dr. Cannon retired from her position at UNC-CH in 2009. She was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Liberal Studies at UNCG in 2009, and has taught in the MALS Program since then. She teaches a course for undergraduate students in the UNCG Honors Program called "Plagues," which focuses on the historical (and current) impact of infectious diseases on society. She also teaches a course for the Emeritus Society on "Health News from the New York Times."

Another of her interests is community mediation; she and her husband are the mediators for the Citizen-Police Mediation Program of the Greensboro Police Department, in Greensboro, NC. She volunteers as a District Court mediator for Alamance County Dispute Settlement & Youth Services, Graham, NC. For fun, she is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, and plays the piano.


   John Lepri
John Lepri Dr. John Lepri is a Professor in the Department of Biology. Long ago, he was #3 in a “basket of nine puppies,” born in Detroit, Michigan, in a household of automotive engineers. He studied biology and psychology at the University of Michigan. He completed a Ph. D. in zoology at North Carolina State University. His research on the environmental modulation of mammalian reproduction by pheromones and endocrine disruptors has taken him to the Monell Chemical Senses Center, Princeton University and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. He has served as Chief Faculty Consultant for College Board’s Advanced Placement Biology program and, at UNCG, he teaches general biology, physiology, biological clocks, and reproduction. He also works closely with UNCG’s future high-school science-teachers. Outdoors is where you’ll find him in his free time, golfing, hiking, canoeing, and tending the chickens and the garden.


   Ann Berry Somers
Ann Berry Somers Ann Berry Somers is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology and teaches in the Honors College and the Environmental Studies Program. Her specialty is herpetology with a focus on bog turtles, box turtles, and sea turtles. She teaches a course on sea turtles and travels to Costa Rica with students to collect data on nesting females. Her honors students engage in wildlife-related field work, to learn about local flora and fauna. Somers has been a leader in herpetology in NC for 30 years and is the founder and chair of the highly successful citizen science Box Turtle Connection project. She serves in leadership positions in organizations such as NC Partners in Reptile and Amphibian Conservation, NC Wildlife Federation, Project Bog Turtle, NC Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee, and the North American Box Turtle Conservation Committee. One of her favorite things to do is take students on field trips and work with inter-disciplinary teams on various projects. For fun, Ann enjoys white water paddling and scuba diving.

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Chemistry and Biochemistry

   Nadja B. Cech, PhD
Nadja Cech Dr. Cech is an award-winning chemist and mentor. Her research involves the development of new treatments for infectious disease based on natural products (compounds produced by nature). The mission of Dr. Cech’s work is to advance scientific discovery while providing excellent training to the next generation of scientists. In her 16 years on the faculty at UNC Greensboro, she has mentored over 50 students in research. To support the development of these students, Dr. Cech creates a diverse research environment where undergraduate students work side-by side with more advanced graduate and postdoctoral research scientists. Dr. Cech is a strong believer in the importance of experiential learning to foster academic excellence. She works collaboratively with Honors College Dean Omar Ali on developing teaching methods that promote effective collaboration and stimulate scientific creativity. Dr. Cech has been recognized for her teaching and mentorship with the 2009 College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award and the 2017 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. She serves as director for the UNCG Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative and is a member of the Honors Council for Lloyd International Honors College.

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Classical Studies

   Jonathan Zarecki
Jonathan Zarecki Dr. Jonathan Zarecki is an Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Co-Director of the UNCG in Rome program. His area of specialty is the Late Roman Republic (133-31 BCE), and his current research examines the use of age-related terminology in political invective and theories of political legitimacy. He has previously published a book on Roman political philosophy and articles on Roman poetry and Roman provincial law. He is also a member of Legio VI Ferrata Fidelis Constans, a Roman living history group based in South Carolina.




   Dr. Rebecca Muich
Dr. Rebecca Muich Dr. Rebecca Muich is Assistant Dean in Lloyd International Honors College. As Assistant Dean, she coordinates the admissions process for the International Honors program and the Honors Colloquium course, awards the prestigious Reynolds Scholarships and creates programming for Reynolds and Class of '55 Scholars, and teaches Honors courses. She received an Honors BA and BA in History at Xavier University, before earning an MA in Classics at the University of Florida and a PhD in Classical Philology at the University of Illinois. Before arriving at UNCG she was an assistant professor of Classics at her alma mater Xavier University, teaching mostly Latin and ancient Greek in the Honors Bachelor of Arts Program, where she worked closely with students on undergraduate research projects and accompanied students abroad to Greece. Her continuing research interests include warfare as depicted in Greek epic and tragedy, women in antiquity, narrative theory, and classical reception.

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Communication Studies

   Dr. Marianne LeGreco
Dr. Marianne LeGreco Dr. Marianne LeGreco is the Academic Sustainability Coordinator for UNCG and Associate Professor in Communication Studies. Her research and teaching focuses on local food systems, particularly as they pertain to food policy, mobile food, and kitchen literacy. She works with several community-based food efforts at the City and County level, including the Guilford Food Council, the Warnersville Community Garden, and the Mobile Oasis Farmers Market.




   Dr. Roy Schwartzman
Dr. Roy Schwartzman Dr. Roy Schwartzman is a Professor of Communication Studies and served as the 2011-2012 Chancellor’s Resident Fellow in Lloyd International Honors College. He is a Shoah Foundation Institute Teaching Fellow and a Holocaust Educational Foundation Fellow. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. Dr. Schwartzman’s research on the Holocaust has won awards from the National Communication Association, and his work has been supported by grants from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Jewish Chautauqua Society, and the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust. He co-developed the Honors Program at Northwest Missouri State University and has taught Honors classes at several universities nationwide.

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   Ana Paula Hofling
Ana Paula Hofling Ana Paula Höfling holds a PhD in Culture and Performance Studies and an MA in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MFA in Dance from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and a BA in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to coming to UNCG, she taught at Wesleyan University, where she was an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, at the University of Wyoming, and at the Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá in Colombia, where she was an IIE Fulbright scholar. She is a Royal Academy of Dance-trained ballet dancer and a capoeirista, having studied with Mestre Acordeon, Mestre João Grande, and since 2005, with Mestre Jogo de Dentro and the Grupo Semente do Jogo de Angola. She has published numerous articles on Afro-Brazilian embodied practices: her essay “Capoeiras of Bahia” appears in the catalogue for the exhibit "Axé Bahia: the power of art in an Afro-Brazilian metropolis" at the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles. She is one of the contributing authors in the volume Performing Brazil: essays on culture, identity and the performing arts (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015), and she has also published in the Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies and in the Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement. Her forthcoming book, Staging Brazil: Choreographies of Capoeira (Wesleyan University Press), analyzes the role of capoeira and capoeiristas in the process of staging Brazilian "national culture" between the 1920s and the 1970s, focusing on issues of race, class, and authorship. Her new research interests include representations of mestiçagem in early twentieth-century ballet in Rio de Janeiro, and the choreographic production of Eros Volúsia, Mercedes Baptista, and Felicitas Barreto. She is a member of the Society of Dance History Scholars, the Congress on Research in Dance, the Brazilian Studies Association and the Latin American Studies Association. Photo by Paula Damasceno de Oliveira.


   Dr. Larry Lavender
Larry Lavender Larry Lavender is a Professor of Dance and Faculty Fellow in the Lloyd International Honors College at UNC Greensboro. He holds an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine and a Ph.D. in Dance Education from New York University. Larry's primary areas of research and teaching are choreography, improvisation, performance art, critical animal studies in the arts, and creativity theories and practices. Larry has lectured and taught all over the United States and in many parts of the world, including Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand.


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   Jeffrey Sarbaum
Jeffrey Sarbaum Dr. Jeff Sarbaum (Ph.D., SUNY Binghamton, 1997), Senior Lecturer of Economics, has over twenty years of university teaching experience. He has developed numerous innovative graduate and undergraduate courses, integrating traditional pedagogy with new modalities and technologies. He has won the Bryan School Teaching Excellence Award, the UNCG Excellence Award for Student Learning Enhancement, and been nominated for the UNCG Excellence Award in Online Education as well as the UNCG Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Sarbaum has been invited to speak about his teaching and research at numerous conferences, including a keynote presentation at the Duke University Instructional Technology Showcase. He has served on the UNCG Faculty Senate Online Learning Committee, the UNCG BLS Online Steering Committee, and the Economics Department and Bryan School Undergraduate Program Committees. Dr. Sarbaum also served as a Co-PI on a project funded by the National Science Foundation to develop online modules that teach mathematics skills in the context of economics to promote economic literacy.

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   Jennifer Mangrum
Jennifer Mangrum Dr. Jennifer Mangrum is a former elementary classroom teacher, literacy facilitator and district office administrator. She received her Ph.D. in 2004 from UNCG in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Mangrum created the Elementary Education program at North Carolina State University and was the first faculty member in the elementary education department, serving from 2004-2008. Dr. Mangrum returned to UNCG in 2008 and currently teaches, advises, and coordinates for the elementary education program in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education. As a Clinical Associate Professor, Dr. Mangrum provides extensive professional development for classroom teachers. Dr. Mangrum has partnered with Dr. Heidi Carlone to develop the UNCG STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative in the School of Education. Drs. Mangrum and Carlone lead summer institutes on engineering practices for elementary teachers. The collaborative serves as a network to support these STEM teacher leaders in North Carolina. In addition, Dr. Mangrum instructs and models civil discourse in K-12 classrooms across the country and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Paideia Center. Her latest endeavor included modeling the Paideia Seminar process for teachers and students in Oulu International School (Oulu, Finland). Dr. Mangrum serves as the Honors Liaison for Elementary and Middle Grades Education and serves on the Honors Council.


   Sam Miller
Sam Miller Dr. Sam Miller is a member of the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education and teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Based on his experiences as a classroom teacher, his research focuses on student learning and motivation. The majority of his studies extend for several years and involve close collaboration with teachers.





   Anna Patton
Anna Patton Anna Patton is a PhD student at UNCG in Educational Studies with a concentration in Cultural Foundations. She has previously taught Honors Colloquium with LIHC in her capacity of Coordinator for Residence Life of North Spencer Hall from 2012-2013. Anna holds an M.Ed from the University of Georgia in College Student Affairs Administration and B.A.s in Psychology and Spanish from North Carolina State University. Her research interests include educational philosophy, student affairs, and radical love as a form of resistance in market-driven educational spaces.



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   Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater
Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater Dr. Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater has been with the English Department since 1995 where she has taught courses in literacy, ethnography, rhetoric and writing. She has published three academic books: Academic Literacies; What Works , four editions of Fieldworking and numerous articles. She is also a member of the Women and Gender Studies staff and the editor of a newspaper for the homeless, The Greensboro Voice. She considers herself an activist, a feminist and advocate for the homeless. She has two daughters, four cats and a husband, Jim who she married in 2013.




   Christopher Hodgkins
Christopher Hodgkins Dr. Christopher Hodgkins (PhD, University of Chicago, 1988) is Professor of Renaissance Literature and Atlantic World Studies in the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Department of English. He is author or editor of seven books—five on George Herbert—and is co-founder of the international George Herbert Society, which organizes Herbert events in Britain, Europe, and North America. With Robert Whalen, he co-edits The Digital Temple of George Herbert (Virginia/Rotunda 2013) and The Complete Works of George Herbert, which digitally captures, transcribes, and annotates each Herbert first edition, work which has earned them two NEH Scholarly Editions Grants, for 2009-2011 and 2015-2018. Hodgkins directs UNCG's Atlantic World Research Network and manages UNCG’s membership in the Folger Institute of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC; he has published a book on the British imperial imagination, as well as articles on Shakespeare, Herbert, Milton, Drake and Pocahontas; and currently he is completing a textbook on the literary study of the Bible. His past awards include NEH, Mellon, and Pew grants. Hodgkins regularly offers courses in Shakespeare, Milton, 17th-Century Literature, the Metaphysical Poets, and Literary Study of the Bible. In Fall 2015, with Dr. Hope Howell Hodgkins, he led an Honors Abroad course, Literary London: A Week’s Walk through History.


   Hope Hodgkins
Hope Hodgkins Dr. Hope Howell Hodgkins (PhD, University of Chicago) has published essays on writers ranging from James Joyce to Muriel Spark, and on topics including high-modern poetics, religious rhetorics, children’s literature, post-war dress, and early-American literacies. She is the author of Style and the Single Girl: How Modern Women Re-dressed the Novel, 1922-1977 (Ohio State UP, 2016). She currently studies literacies in the early Southern backcountry and has been awarded research fellowships by the Kentucky Historical Society, the Filson Historical Society, and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Southern Historical Collection. In addition, she is working on a book about modernist literature and religion. Honors courses taught by Dr. Hodgkins include the seminars "Women Writers and Religion" and "Reading Daniel Boone," and the Honors Abroad class—co-taught with Dr. Christopher Hodgkins—"Literary London: A Week’s Walk through History."


   Dr. Alexandra Schultheis Moore
Dr. Moore Dr. Moore is an Associate Professor whose work focuses on human rights in literature; global Anglophone literatures; and postcolonial literatures, film, and theory (focus on African and Asian literatures). Additional teaching interests include cross-listed offerings with International and Global Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and African American Studies. Her current research is on "Between Mourning and Advocacy: Human Rights in the Literary Imagination.” She is also co-editing two collections: Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies and Doubling the Voice: Survivors and Human Rights Workers Address Torture.

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Environmental and Sustainability Studies

   Aaron Allen
Aaron Allen Dr. Aaron S. Allen is director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program and Associate Professor of Musicology at UNCG. From 2013 to '15, Dr. Allen was UNCG's first Academic Sustainability Coordinator. He earned his Ph.D. in 2006 from Harvard with a dissertation on the nineteenth-century Italian reception of Beethoven, and in 2011-12 he was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Dr. Allen’s B.A. in music and B.S. in environmental studies are from Tulane University, where he was active in the campus environmental movement that resulted in establishing Tulane's Office of Sustainability in 1999. In 2016, Dr. Allen was co-editor of the first major book published about the new field of ecomusicology, entitled Current Directions in Ecomusicology.


   Jay Lennartson
Jay Lennartson Dr. Jay Lennartson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at UNCG. He is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the department, and Director of Lindale Farms Earth-Atmospheric Field Center. His research specialties are air pollution meteorology and GIS, synoptic climatology, synoptic meteorology, environmental planning, atmospheric hazards, micrometeorology, aviation meteorology, and the urban heat island effect.



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   Dr. Mary Hall Brown
Dr. Hall-Brown Dr. Hall-Brown is interested in the use of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Science and Technology to identify, monitor and model environmental change due to a warming climate. She is presently working on two projects: Time Change Analyses of the northern slope of Alaska and Terrestrial-Aquatic linkages in southwestern Greenland. The goal she has for her Earth Science students is to not only help them learn basic atmospheric, geologic, and hydrologic concepts, but to also get them to see the connection between those concepts and their everyday lives.



   Corey Johnson
Corey Johnson Dr. Corey Johnson is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Geography. Corey’s research and teaching areas include the political geography of Europe and Eurasia, borders and border security, natural resources and energy geopolitics, and Germany. He has taught an Honors course on "Territory, Borders, and Sovereignty." He holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Oregon and a BA in geography (honors) and German from the University of Kansas.





   Jay Lennartson

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   Jeff Patton
Jeff Patton Dr. Jeff Patton is a Professor in the Department of Geography at UNCG and Co-Director of the National Science Foundation-funded Science Technology and Mathematics Preparation program at UNCG. He teaches classes in earth science, cartography, and in the summer a field course during which students travel to various national and state parks in the western U.S. His research interests include cartographic communication, the physical geography of the U.S. and Canada, and science education. He is the author or co-author of 4 books and numerous articles, and was named the "Educator of the Year" by the North Carolina Geographical Society.




   Dan Royall
Dan Royall Dr. Dan Royall is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography. His expertise is in the science of geomorphology, a discipline within both physical geography and geology focusing on Earth surface processes and landforms. Dr. Royall conducts research on fluvial (river) geomorphology and is particularly interested in human impacts on fluvial sediment budgets and pollution, and general land degradation. He has also conducted research into Pleistocene paleoecology, the study of ecosystem changes during and after the most geologically recent “ice age”. Dr. Royall teaches courses in Earth science, physical geology, general and fluvial geomorphology, and soil science. Dan is an Honors Faculty Fellow.


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   Omar Ali

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   Jill Bender
Jill Bender Dr. Jill Bender is an Associate Professor in the UNCG History department and the 2017-2018 Rebecca Lloyd Distinguished Resident Fellow. For the History Department she teaches courses on the British Empire around the globe at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research explores power dynamics and trends throughout the British Empire, including the Indian uprising, the troubled history of Ireland and England, hunger and poverty, and female migration patterns. Dr. Bender earned her M.A. in Culture and Colonialism from the National University of Ireland in Galway, and her Ph.D. in History from Boston College.



   Jodi Bilinkoff
Jodi Bilinkoff Dr. Jodi Bilinkoff is a Professor in the Department of History, interested in issues relating to religion, gender, life-writing, and constructions of authority in early modern Europe, especially Spain. After working for many years on women and/in Catholic culture, she has turned her attention to masculine identity, especially male clerical identity.





   Charles Bolton
Charles Bolton Dr. Charles Bolton is a professor in the Department of History and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. His research area is the history of the U.S. South, and he has published books on poor whites in the antebellum South, school integration in Mississippi, and a biography of a former southern governor. He also has an interest in the use of oral history to document the region’s past. Before coming to UNCG, he was director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Southern Mississippi.




   Jeff Jones
Jeff Jones Dr. Jeff Jones is an Associate Professor in the UNCG History Department, a native North Carolinian (born in the mountains in Jefferson; grew up in nearby Liberty) and did all of his undergraduate and graduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill. He teaches Russian/Soviet and contemporary world history and is the author of Everyday Life and the ‘Reconstruction’ of Soviet Russia During and After the Great Patriotic War, 1943-1948 (Slavica Publishers, 2008). Dr. Jones is currently writing a book on the Soviet-Afghan War entitled Smoke, Mirrors, and Memories: Varying Perspectives of the Soviet-Afghan War, 1979-2014. As part of that project he spent the summer of 2012 working in the archives in Moscow and interviewing Russian veterans of the war and Russian citizens from the time for their recollections of the conflict, and also spent five weeks in Vilnius, Lithuania over Winter Break 2013-14 doing research in the KGB archive there and interviewing Lithuanian veterans of the Soviet-Afghan War. He was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Resident Fellowship in 2009.


   Virginia Summey
Virginia Summey Virginia Summey is a PhD Candidate in History at UNCG, where she also received a post-baccalaureate certificate in African American and Diaspora Studies. She received her MA in History and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Montana. Her current research focuses on gender and race during the civil rights movement.




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Human Development and Family Studies

   Dr. Mary Y. Morgan
Mary Y. Morgan Dr. Mary Y. Morgan is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies. Her undergraduate/graduate teaching includes courses in family diversity, global families, women's issues, and feminist theory and research methodologies. Dr. Morgan's research focuses on ordinary women's every-day lives using photovoice as a methodological tool for empowerment, most recently involving Latinas in NC and Nicaraguans in Costa Rica. She has traveled in Kenya, Ghana, Mexico, and Costa Rica with an eye for how ordinary people live.


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International and Global Studies

   Lynda Kellam
Lynda Kellam Lynda Kellam is the Assistant Director of International & Global Studies and the Data Services and Government Information Librarian UNCG’s University Libraries. She received her MA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is a PhD student in the Department of History at UNCG. Her research focuses on the history of American and international relief work and humanitarianism. She teaches International & Global Studies 200 every spring semester.



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Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

   Laura Lopez
Laura Lopez was born in Spain and grew up speaking three of the five official languages in Spain: Galician, Catalan and Spanish. She attended the University of Barcelona (UB, Universidad Central de Barcelona) where she obtained an Honors bachelor in Spanish and Hispanic philology. She was a middle and high school teacher in Barcelona and also taught Spanish as a Second Language at the University of San Sebastian in Spain. She graduated from UNCG with a Masters of Arts with a concentration in Spanish/Hispanic literature in 2005. She has been teaching at UNCG in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures for almost 10 years.

Laura Lopez is also certified in the Catalan Language (1998, native speaker level), certified in the Italian language at an advanced level by the University of Turin (2006, SAA: Università Degli Studi Di Torino), and in 2006 she also became officially certified to teach ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) through the University of Cambridge in the UK.


   Carola Dwyer
Carola Dwyer Carola Dwyer was born and raised in Northern Germany and graduated from the University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) Rheinland-Pfalz with a degree in Economic Sciences. Her work and her passion for languages and travel eventually led her to Southern California, where she completed a Master’s Degree in English & Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. In 2015, she obtained her PhD in Comparative Literature with a focus in German, English, and French medieval literatures from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Dwyer’s research interests include feminist studies, in particular the representation of monsters and the female body in medieval romance, as well as the study of fairy tales in their cultural contexts. At UNCG, Dr. Dwyer teaches German as a foreign language and German comparative literature in German and English, works on curriculum development and the expansion of online teaching, and she also devotes much of her time to interdisciplinary cultural studies. Until recently, Dr. Dwyer was UNCG’s first faculty-in-residence - a position that allowed her to organize numerous cultural events across the UNCG campus. Since August 2016, she has been in charge of the Global Village, UNCG’s award-winning Living & Learning Community, which she helped to evolve since her arrival at UNCG in 2012. As a fervent supporter of foreign language learning, Dr. Dwyer has been the Vice President of the North Carolina chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (NCAATG) since August 2016.

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Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism

   Erick Byrd
Erick Byrd Erick T. Byrd, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the Dean and Tracy Priddy Dean's Notable Scholar for the Bryan School of Business and Economic. His research interests include agritourism, wine tourism and tourism stakeholder understanding and participation.



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   Elizabeth Keathley
Elizabeth Keathley Dr. Elizabeth L. Keathley is a musicologist with faculty appointments in the School of Music and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Her research centers on the "others" of musical modernism and modernity with a focus on music of the early twentieth century. Dr. Keathley was award a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in 2012–13 for the book project The Feminine Face of Musical Modernism: Women Collaborators in Arnold Schoenberg’s Modern Music Cultures (forthcoming). She translated and edited Schoenberg’s Correspondence with Alma Mahler (Oxford, 2017), and her published articles include such topics as Leonard Bernstein’s short opera Trouble in Tahiti, the Polish-French singer Marya Freund’s interpretations of Pierrot lunaire, and Eminem’s “murder ballads.” Dr. Keathley was awarded the WGS Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Grant and the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award both in 2005. Courses she has taught for the Honors College include "Music and Society" and "Genius and Gender." Dr. Keathley has been a Lloyd International Honors College Faculty Fellow since 2012.

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   Dr. Angela Bolte
Dr. Angela Bolte Dr. Angela Bolte is Assistant Dean in Lloyd International Honors College. As Assistant Dean, she teaches Honors courses, works with Honors Liaisons to promote Disciplinary Honors and undergraduate research, supervises the Artist in Residence program, and coordinates Honors College events. Before arriving at UNCG she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Nevada – Reno teaching both graduate and undergraduate students in Philosophy and Women's Studies, assisted in developing and launching the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, Kansas's only early-entry-to-college program, and owned her own small business. She has published in the areas of philosophy of law, applied ethics, philosophy of the emotions, and feminist philosophy. Her research interests continue to include issues in ethical theory such as autonomy, the connections between ethics and philosophy of mind, philosophy of the emotions, and feminist philosophy. She earned her PhD in Philosophy and Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Washington University in Saint Louis. She also earned a MA in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an Honors BA in Philosophy from Kansas State University.

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Political Science

   William Crowther
William Crowther Dr. William Crowther is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his Ph.D. from The University of California at Los Angeles in 1986. He is the author of numerous publications on post-communist and communist politics, and ethnic conflict. His publications include Committees in the New Democratic Parliaments of Central Europe, with David Olson, (Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio State University Press, 2003), and The Political Economy of Romanian Socialism, (New York: Praeger, 1988). Much of his work focuses on Moldova and Romania. He has served as a consultant on democratization and security issues for governmental and non-governmental organizations.



   David Holian
David Holian Dr. David B. Holian is an Associate Professor of Political Science who received his Ph.D. from Indiana University. He teaches courses on American political institutions, including the Congress, the American Presidency, and the Mass Media. He also teaches a three-week course in Washington, DC, offered every other summer, for UNCG students interested in both a closer look at national politics and policy, as well as potential careers in the nation’s capital. Professor Holian’s research interests include presidential communication and elections and campaign communication from the local to the national level. His research has appeared in a variety of journals including Political Behavior, American Politics Research, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review.


   Elizabeth McNamara
Elizabeth McNamara Elizabeth McNamara is a political scientist whose work focuses on those times and places when political ideas/ideals are acted upon and implemented. Her research includes examination of changing understandings of representation in the United States in the later 20th century, dilemmas utilizing power for newly successful political parties and the Non-Aligned Movement. She received a B.A. and M.A in a concurrent program at The Catholic University of America and a second M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. In addition to teaching at UNCG she has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, and for SRI, International, Alexandria, V.A. She was also a team member with 21st Century Skills, which worked with Guilford County teachers as they sought to implement new, state education goals.


   Jerry Pubantz
Jerry Pubantz Dr. Jerry Pubantz is Professor of Political Science and founding Dean of Lloyd International Honors College. He is the co-author or editor of six books on the United Nations, including the recently published second edition of The New United Nations: International Organization in the Twenty-first Century. Dr. Pubantz is a member of the Middle East Policy Council’s National Advisory Board and former President of the North Carolina Political Science Association. His articles have appeared in Politics and Policy, the International Encyclopedia of Political Science, ArabiesTrends, Social Forces, and the Turkish Journal of International Relations among other periodicals. Dr. Pubantz holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University and a B.S.F.S. degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Dr. Pubantz appears regularly on television and radio to discuss American politics and international affairs. He is the former Chairman of the National Collegiate Conference Association, corporate sponsor of the National Model United Nations in New York City. He has lectured at universities and colleges across the nation and internationally. Dr. Pubantz teaches courses on international affairs, Middle East politics, American foreign policy, and international organization.

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   Timothy Johnston
Timothy Johnston Timothy Johnston is a Professor in the Department of Psychology who has published numerous articles and book chapters focusing on the development and evolution of behavior and the history of scientific inquiry into those topics during the 19th and 20th centuries. He is returning to full-time teaching and research after 14 years as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and looks forward to reconnecting with students in this seminar.




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Religious Studies

   Dr. Gregory Price Grieve
Gregory Price Grieve Gregory Price Grieve researches and teaches in the intersection of Asian religions, Digital Media, Popular Culture and ethnographic approaches to the study of religion. Grieve is the author of numerous articles, the monograph Retheorizing Religion in Nepal and the co-editor of the edited volume Historicizing Tradition in the Study of Religion.




   Bennett Ramsey
Bennett Ramsey Dr. Bennett Ramsey is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies. Dr. Ramsey received his doctorate from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University in the Philosophy of Religion. He has taught at Hamilton College and Emory University as well as at UNCG. Dr. Ramsey's scholarly work is in the areas of pragmatism, social ethics, and contemporary movements in spirituality.





   Rohit Singh
Rohit Singh Rohit Singh is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Non-Western Religions in the Department of Religious Studies. He specializes in Tibetan and South Asian religious traditions. His research examines issues of identity formation, religious conflict, and inter-religious dialogue among Indo-Himalayan borderland communities.




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   Sarah Daynes
Sarah Daynes Dr. Sarah Daynes earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris in 2001. Her scholarly interests include social and cultural theory, and ethnography. In her first book, Desire for Race, she analyzes the way in which race has been conceptualized in the social sciences (Cambridge University Press, 2008). In her second book, Time and Memory in Reggae Music, she explores the way in which past, present and future interact in reggae music (Manchester University Press, 2016). She also edited and translated early Durkheimian sociology texts.




   Dan Huebner
Dan Huebner Dr. Dan Huebner is the 2016-2017 Chancellor's Resident Fellow in the Lloyd International Honors College and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UNCG. Since earning his PhD at the University of Chicago in 2012, he has also taught at American University and Bowie State University. His published research examines the social processes through which professional and scientific knowledge is produced, as well as the history of the social sciences. In the Sociology Department he primarily teaches courses in classical and contemporary social theory and advises students on cultural, political, and historical topics of research.




   Deborah Bell
Deborah Bell Deborah Bell teaches in the Department of Theatre. (Costume Designer) Regional: Costume Designer for Actions and Objectives, Beautiful Star, Brother Wolf, Tennessee Playboy, Doubt, North Star, Proof, A Lesson Before Dying, The Caretaker (Triad Stage); Damn Yankees, The Gondoliers, H.M.S. Pinafore, Rags (Seaside Music Theatre); Cannery Row, Children of Eden (The Western Stage); As You Like It (Colorado Shakespeare Festival). Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Hansel and Gretel, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Death and The King’s Horsemen, Lakmé, Susannah, The Magic Flute (UNCG). Makeup Designer for La Cenerentola (Greensboro Opera). Other: author of Mask Makers and Their Craft (2010-reprinted 2014). She recently edited Masquerade: Essays on Tradition and Innovation Worldwide (2015) with McFarland & Company where it has been listed as one of their best-selling books in the Pop Culture category. She has exhibited design work at the Prague Quadrennial and received the American College Theatre Festival’s Faculty Recognition Award.

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Women’s and Gender Studies

   Dr. Danielle Bouchard
Danielle Bouchard Dr. Danielle Bouchard earned her Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2006. Her scholarly interests include postcolonial and poststructuralist feminisms, contemporary continental philosophy, critical university studies, and cinema and visual media studies. Her first book, A Community of Disagreement: Feminism in the University (Peter Lang 2012), uses the philosophical concept of disagreement to read, and provide alternatives to, the most common ways in which feminism's place in the modern US university is imagined. She is currently working on a new book project that examines the role of visual tropes, texts, and technologies in hegemonic articulations of human rights.

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   Elizabeth Keathley

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