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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Slocum to lead IAAR

Karla Slocum, an associate professor of anthropology at Carolina, has been appointed director of the Institute of African American Research (IAAR), effective July 1. Slocum’s research focuses on globalization, place, rural life ways, and race and history as they relate to groups within the African Diaspora.

“Her strong record of scholarship, long-standing relationship with the IAAR and its Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, as well as her commitment to forging interdisciplinary connections and broad familiarity with African Diaspora studies all position her well to provide sound and energetic leadership for the institute,” said Carol Tresolini, vice provost for academic initiatives.

The mission of the IAAR is to facilitate, support and promote research conducted by scholars of African American and Diaspora studies in every discipline.

The institute fosters innovative, interdisciplinary collaborations and is engaged with public policy issues, particularly those confronting black North Carolinians and those concerning African Americans throughout the United States and African descendants in the Diaspora.

“We look forward to working with Dr. Slocum as she engages, expands and strengthens the broad community of scholars of African American and Diaspora studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and beyond,” Tresolini said.