Faculty Scholars Program

The Carolina Women’s Center (CWC) offers UNC-Chapel Hill faculty an opportunity to serve as Faculty Scholar at the CWC for one academic year. The CWC Faculty Scholar works on a research project for publication, presentation, exhibition, composition or performance that is related to the mission and and/or activities of the Carolina Women’s Center. Projects that have the potential to engage other campus units and/or students are especially favorably considered.

Scholars receive funding of up to $10,000 to support their project, and they have the opportunity to participate in CWC events and to meet with CWC staff, former CWC Faculty Scholars and invited scholars from other centers/departments. They also make a public presentation about their project during the award semester and write a column about their work for the CWC newsletter.

Find more information about the grant and application HERE.

Current Faculty Scholars (2018-2019)

The first joint recipients of a Faculty Scholars grant, Dr. Jessica Baker (left) and Dr. Melissa Munn-Chernoff (right) will undertake their project, “Food Insecurity and Mental Health among College Students,” in conjunction with incoming students at the University of Chapel Hill at North Carolina. Their study, the first to focus on college students as a population, examines how college students’ experience food insecurity impacts the prevalence and incidence of negative mental health experiences. Dr. Baker is an Assistant Professor and Associate Research Director for the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry, and Dr. Munn-Chernoff is an Assistant Professor for the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders in the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.


Dr. Rebecca Kreitzer’s project, “Run Jane, Jamila and Juanita: The Role of Women Candidate Groups in Increasing (the Diversity of) Women’s Representation in Elected Office,” explores the role and effectiveness of groups like Lillian’s List in increasing the number of women—and different kinds of women—elected to office. While Dr. Kreizer hypothesizes that women’s candidate groups are most effective at supporting Democratic, pro-choice women, she is especially interested in the experiences of women of color and conservative women with these groups. Dr. Kreitzer is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy.


Seeking to understand the record number of women filing to run for Congressional seats in 2018, Dr. Sarah Treul Roberts’ project, “The Emergence Decisions of Women Who Run for Congress,” explores female primary candidates in 2018 and their decisions to run for Congress as well has how successful they are. Traditionally, women do not run for Congress at the same rates as their male counterparts, but this study will assess whether or not the involvement of social movements such as the Women’s March on Washington and the #metoo campaign facilitated female emergence. It “seeks to offer the literature a comprehensive analysis of the power of social movements on recruitment and success, especially as it relates to an underrepresented group.” Dr. Treul Roberts is an Associate Professor of Political Science.

Previous Faculty Scholars

2017-2018: Dr. Melissa Geil, Dr. Barbara Friedman (School of Media and Journalism), Dr. Liana Richardson (Sociology)
2016-2017: Dr. Elizabeth Dickinson (Kenan-Flagler Business School), Dr. Michelle T. King (History), Dr. Kavita Singh Ongechi (Gillings School of Public Health), Dr. Michelle Rivkin-Fish (Anthropology)
2015-2016: Dr. Jocelyn Chua (Anthropology), Dr. Tanya Shields (Women’s and Gender Studies), Dr. Kumarini Silva (Communications)
2014-2015: Dr. Joanne Hershfield (Department of Women’s and Gender Studies), Susan Harbage Page (Department of Women’s and Gender Studies), Dr. Mary H. Palmer (School of Nursing)
2013-2014: Dr. Karen Booth (Department of Women’s and Gender Studies), Dr. Jan Bardsley (Department of Asian Studies), Dr. Lauren Leve (Department of Religious Studies)
Spring 2013: Dr. Nadia Yaqub (Department of Asian Studies)
Fall 2012: Dr. Emily Burrill (Department of Women’s and Gender Studies)
Spring 2012: Dr. Minrose Gwin (Department of English and Comparative Literature)
Fall 2011: Dr. Miriam Labbok (School of Public Health)
Spring 2011: Dr. Sahar Amer (Department of Asian Studies)
Fall 2010: Dr. Mimi Chapman (School of Social Work)
Spring 2010: Dr. Rebecca Macy (School of Social Work)
Fall 2009: Dr. Pika Ghosh (Department of Art)
Spring 2009: Dr. Jeanne Moskal (Department of English and Comparative Literature)
Fall 2008: Dr. Kia Caldwell (Department of African and Afro-American Studies)
Spring 2008: Dr. Ming Lin (Department of Computer Science)
Fall 2007: Professor Francesca Talenti (Department of Communication Studies)
Spring 2007: Dr. Kimberly Brownley (Department of Psychiatry) and Dr. Maxine Eichner (School of Law)
Spring 2006: Professor Diane Kjervik, Senior CWC Faculty Scholar (School of Nursing)