The Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University

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*Nominations are due by Friday, February 10, 2012.

Faculty and administrators at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University are asked to nominate outstanding scholars, artists, or practitioners for the Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship. Nominations are welcome for academic years 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16.

The Keohane Professorship recognizes the remarkable contributions of Dr. Nannerl Keohane during her term as President of Duke University, and the unprecedented level of collaboration she and former UNC Chancellor James Moeser created between these two great institutions. The award was created in 2004 by then Chancellor Moeser and is funded by Carolina graduate Julian Robertson and his wife, Josie, of New York (parents of Spencer Robertson ’98) and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

Responsibilities of the Professorship Include:

  1. Working to promote inter-institutional collaboration and the enhancement of intellectual life at both universities by strengthening established or encouraging new collaborations;
  2. Making a contribution to the teaching missions of both UNC and Duke, and in particular to the undergraduate curriculum, through a self-standing course or the co-teaching of one or more courses, or through a carefully planned series of guest appearances in a number of courses;
  3. Delivering at least one major public lecture or performance.


The recipient is entitled to a payment of $50,000 US dollars (before taxes). The recipient may request reimbursement for a maximum amount of $20,000 US dollars for costs associated with the Professorship which could include housing, travel (including dependents), research, and other related expenses. In order to be reimbursed, the award recipient would need to provide the necessary documentation and receipts of the expenses within 30 days of the conclusion of the Professorship. The award is contingent on the ability of the recipient to receive the funds.  International recipients are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa in order to receive payment.

Length of Professorship

Past recipients have typically spent a semester or the equivalent of a semester in the program. Past recipients have catalyzed cross-campus undergraduate and graduate programs, conducted joint projects with Carolina and Duke research centers, taught joint Carolina and Duke courses, and delivered major public addresses.

Responsibilities of the nominating units include:

The Department(s) hosting the recipient is responsible for all other costs related to instruction, office, and clerical support (copying, space, office phone, etc.). All arrangements should be handled by the host Department(s). Such arrangements could include (though are not limited to) helping the recipient access resources such as IT support, University libraries, equipment, campus parking, as well as providing any appropriate advice on housing and living in the local community.  For international recipients, the Department(s) hosting the recipient must assure that the visa process is appropriately handled by the recipient.  The nominating Department at UNC-CH will be responsible for making all expense reimbursements and payroll arrangements for the recipient during the term of the professorship.

Nomination Process

Nominations may be made by any faculty member or administrator of either institution, but must be accompanied by the signature of the Department Chairs or appropriate Institute Directors at both institutions. Students who wish to make a nomination will need to do so through a faculty member or administrator. The joint advisory committee shall make its final nominations to the Provosts of each institution by March 1, 2012. The two Provosts shall make the final selection.

Nomination letters should include a statement about the qualifications of the individual and what programmatic benefits would arise from his or her appointment as well as an assessment of how the nominated individual has demonstrated the ability to work across departmental or institutional boundaries. A CV of the nominee should also be included. A successful nomination should demonstrate the enthusiasm of groups on both campuses, and should make clear how the nominee will help to create new initiatives that will serve both UNC and Duke. The proposal should be specific about the activities and duties the nominee would undertake as a Keohane Professor.

Nominations must be received no later than Friday, February 10, 2012 and should be sent electronically to   Questions about the Professorship may be addressed to Carol Tresolini ( or Noah Pickus (, Co-Chairs of the Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship Joint Advisory Committee. This information can also be found at




2011 (fall)

Elaine Lawless

Alumni Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Missouri

Professor Lawless is a leading scholar in the fields of Folklore, Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies.  As an innovative documentary methodologist, her recent work has focused on veterans of historic and recent conflicts.  Students from both UNC and Duke will be involved in her veteran documentation project, allowing them to contribute to the National Archive and ensuring the inclusion of more North Carolina veterans in the national record.  Her performance piece, “Troubling Violence” will be performed on both campuses.



2011 (spring)

Christine Bachrach

Chief, Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch, Center for Population Research, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

A social scientist specializing in social demography and population health, Dr. Bachrach taught an interdisciplinary course on the mechanisms contributing to socioeconomic disparities in health. She also worked with faculty from Duke and UNC on research integrating cognitive science with theories of culture.


Carlos Peres

Professor of Tropical Conservation Ecology, School of Environmental Sciences,

University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

One of the world’s leading conservation biologists, Professor Peres planned to teach a course on tropical ecology and global change open to students at both UNC and Duke.  A workshop on the same topic was to be held for interested scholars from local universities to further strengthen ties not only between UNC and Duke, but with faculty at other institutions as well.



2010 (spring)

Klaus Armingeon, Director, Institute of Political Science, University of Berne (Switzerland)

An expert on European politics and political economy, Professor Armingeon has published extensively on the comparative politics of Europe.  He taught a course for advanced undergraduate students, wrote a paper on the political economy of Switzerland and the responses of national governments to the crisis of 2008/2009 (the latter of which was presented in April, 2010 at the Conference of Europeanists), and worked on an exchange program between UNC and the University of Bern.



2009 (spring)

Patricia Uberoi, Honorary Director, Institute of Chinese Studies, Centre for the Study of

Developing Societies (Delhi, India)

As Keohane Professor for the Spring term of 2009, affiliated with the Anthropology Department of the University of North Carolina, Professor Uberoi co-taught a course on “Gender and Sexuality in India” with Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy of the Department of History, Duke University.  The interdisciplinary course, which was video-conferenced across the two campuses, introduced students to issues of gender and sexuality in India reflected, in particular, through visual media.  Professor Uberoi delivered the Nannerl O. Keohane lecture on “Chicks, kids and couples:  Icons of Indian modernity” and presented papers at two international conferences held at Duke University:  the conference on “India, Sexuality and the Archive”, hosted by the Women’s Studies program and the conference on “M.F. Husain: Barefoot across the Nation”, hosted by the History Department.  She also used the opportunity provided by the Keohane Professorship to compile materials for a Reader on Intimacy in Asia.



2008 (spring)

Peter Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister, Harvard University

Dr. Peter Gomes, who delivered the 2005 commencement address at Carolina, was the Plummer professor of Christian morals and Pusey minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University.  As the Keohane Distinguished Professor, he taught an undergraduate course that was open to students from both Duke and Carolina, and a course in the Duke Divinity School.  Dr. Gomes died in February, 2011.



2007 (fall)

J. Lawrence Aber, Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Policy, New York University

Dr. J. Lawrence Aber, is a child development specialist. His research examines the influence of violence and poverty in families and communities as it relates to child development. He taught a joint undergraduate course for Carolina and Duke students, and conducted research with the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy and the UNC Center for Developmental Science.




Gerd Jürgens, Developmental Genetics, University of Tubingen (Germany)

Dr. Gerd Jürgens is the founding director and research group leader for the Center for Plant Molecular Biology and a professor of developmental genetics at the University of Tübingen. A respected authority on the developmental biology of plants and animals, Jürgens taught one undergraduate and one graduate course open to students from both Carolina and Duke, and delivered a major address in April of 2006 at UNC as part of the Distinguished Seminar in Molecular Biology.




Dr. Geoffrey Brennan, Philosophy Program, The Australian National University

Geoffrey Brennan is a professor in the Social and Political Theory group in the Research School of Social Science at Australian National University in Canberra. Noted for his work in public choice theory, welfare economics, public finance and political philosophy, Brennan split the spring 2005 semester between Carolina and Duke, where he taught two undergraduate classes and worked with faculty on both campuses to develop a cross-campus undergraduate Program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.