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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Meet Carolina’s new and notable faculty 2018–19

The University welcomes many new faculty members each year. Some have freshly minted doctorates, but others are seasoned professors and researchers and experienced professionals new to the world of academia. For the 2018–19 academic year, 86 new people will join the Carolina faculty. Here’s an introduction to a few of them.

 

 

 

Sayamindu Dasgupta

SCHOOL OF INFORMATION

AND LIBRARY SCIENCE

Assistant professor

He comes to Carolina from the University of Washington, where he was the Moore/Sloan & WRF Innovation in Data Science Post-doctoral Fellow.

Dasgupta’s research and teaching interests include human-computer interaction, human-centered data science, learning technologies and digital media and learning. In his research and teaching, he aims to support young learners in creating, thinking and learning with data so that they can be active and empowered participants in today’s data-driven and data- mediated society.

 

Candace Epps-Robertson

ENGLISH AND

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE,

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Assistant professor

She comes to Carolina from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she was an assistant professor of writing studies. Epps-Robertson’s research examines the social histories of literacy and cultural rhetorics, in particular how these practices develop and respond to oppression. She is completing a manuscript that examines the story of Prince Edward County, Virginia, where public schools were closed for five years (1959–1964) to resist integration efforts after Brown v. Board of Education.

 

Ayesha Hashim

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Assistant professor

She comes to Carolina from a postdoctoral fellowship in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, where she has managed a Spencer Foundation-funded mixed methods study in partner school districts across three cities: New Orleans, Denver and Los Angeles. Hashim conducts research on the implementation and impacts of school district policies and reforms, with a particular focus on instructional technology and social networks in schools. She completed her doctorate in urban education policy at the University of Southern California in May 2017 and also holds master’s degrees in public policy and economics from USC.

 

 


Jacquelyn Greene

SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT

Assistant professor of public law and government

She comes to Carolina after three years as program area director for New York-based consultancy Policy Research Associates. She also served as executive director of New York State Governor’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice and as counsel to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Greene, an attorney for 20 years, is an expert on juvenile justice, juvenile delinquency and child welfare systems. Her recent research and policy work have focused on the school-to-prison pipeline, juvenile justice reform and behavioral health interventions for at-risk youth.

 

Triffin Morris

DRAMATIC ART,

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Professor of the practice

She comes to Carolina from New York City, where she spent more than 20 years making costumes for opera, dance and Broadway shows like Matilda, Shrek,Cinderella and Wicked. She specializes in body padding and quick change/trick costumes Morris will also manage the costume shop at PlayMakers Repertory Company.

 

 

 

Meet the School of Dentistry’s “newest faculty member,” GRAYSON, shown here flanked by Dr. Siggi Saemundsson, program director for the pediatric dentistry graduate program, and Dr. Jessica Lee, chair of pediatric dentistry. GRAYSON, a facility dog trained by Paws4People, will help reduce the stress levels for young patients who are dealing with severe or complicated dental disease needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

ART & ART HISTORY,

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Professor of the practice, photography

He recently graduated with an MFA from University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. Mukhopadhyay’s research and teaching interests include photography, video, installation, sculpture, and new media; neocolonialism and labor; transnationalism; the relationship of language to labor; institutional critique and inclusive and critical pedagogy.

 

 

 

 

 

Junier B. Oliva

COMPUTER SCIENCE, COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Assistant professor

He comes to Carolina after earning his doctorate and serving as a research assistant at Carnegie Mellon University. He also spent a year as a software engineer for Yahoo and a summer as a machine learning intern at Uber Advanced Technologies Group. Oliva is looking to see what makes data tick, and understand data at an aggregate, holistic level. His lab is using techniques ranging from modern deep learning architectures to nonparametric statistics to make strides in areas like high-dimensional density estimation and modeling; sequential modeling and recurrent neural networks; and learning over complex or structured data.

 

 

 

 

Mariana Olvera-Cravioto

STATISTICS AND OPERATIONS RESEARCH,

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Associate professor

She comes to Carolina from the University of California-Berkeley, where she was a visiting associate professor at the department of industrial engineering and operations research. Olvera-Cravioto’s research is at the intersection of stochastic modeling, numerical methods, asymptotic statistics and applied probability. One of her focus areas is the study of graph structures and algorithms that arise in the context of search engines and related data mining technologies. In addition to developing basic mathematical theory for such systems, she has been contributing to related application-oriented problems such as design of customized search engines for specific data-mining needs.

 

 

 

Leigh Osofsky

SCHOOL OF LAW

Tax law professor

She joins the Carolina Law faculty from the University of Miami School of Law, where she has taught courses addressing various aspects of taxation and policy for the last seven years. Before entering academia, she clerked for the Hon. Pierre Leval on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked as a tax attorney at Fenwick & West LLP, specializing in tax transactional planning and serving as counsel in complex tax litigation matters. Osofsky will teach federal income tax, partnership tax and tax law research and writing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Stephanie D. Davis

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Chair, Department of Pediatrics

She comes to Carolina from Riley Children’s Hospital, part of the Indiana University Medical Center, where she served as the vice chair for clinical affairs in the department of pediatrics, division chief for pediatric pulmonology, allergy and sleep medicine, and director of ambulatory services. The move represents a return home for Davis, a North Carolina native, Carolina graduate, and member of the UNC School of Medicine faculty from 1999–2011. Davis’ clinical specialty is pediatric pulmonology, with a particular focus on cystic fibrosis, primary ciliary dyskinesia and the impact of preterm birth on lung disease.