Previous Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professors

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spring 2017

Adam Summers

Professor, Department of Biology and School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, College of the Environment, University of Washington

Dr. Summers’ current research interests include the evolution and mechanical properties of cartilage and tendon, swimming mechanics of sharks, respiratory patterns of sharks and rays and solid-solid interactions in aquatic organisms. As a Keohane Professor, he worked with undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and professors at both universities, in addition to interacting with the public.  He gave lectures at UNC and Duke as well as Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, Ohio University, the University of North Florida, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Ocean Institute. Dr. Summers instigated several new research projects while a Keohane Professor, including making physical models and establishing new imaging methods for a project on trap jaw ants. He also gathered data for a three dimensional exploration of fish movement in collaboration with local scientists.  He applied for and received grants and collaborated on an invited paper for Current Biology.

Hau-Tieng Wu

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Toronto University

Dr. Wu has an MD with a specialization in radiology, and a Ph.D. in mathematics.  He has published in journals of medicine, pure and applied mathematics, and statistics. Dr. Wu’s visit will further enhance the already existing collaboration between Duke’s Department of Mathematics and UNC’s Medical School.  His background in pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and medicine enables him to bridge these disciplines, and bring sophisticated mathematical methods to bear on important applications in new ways.  Dr. Wu will teach a  seminar for graduate students and advanced undergraduates at both institutions.

Fall 2016

Ariel Knafo

Professor, Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Knafo’s research focuses on the development of pro-social behavior and empathy in the context of genetics and the family environment, and on the development of values in the contexts of culture and the family. His work will be used to develop joint projects across campuses involved in the Carolina Consortium on Human Development. At UNC and Duke, he will present his cutting-edge work on the development of prosocial behavior in colloquia and offer an advanced research seminar on the topic of prosocial behavior and empathy.

Spring 2016

Torsten Fransson (cancelled)

Educational Director, Knowledge Innovation Center, InnoEnergy

Susan Lederer

Chair, Department of Medical History & Bioethics and Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Professor Lederer’s visit contributed to interdisciplinary curricular initiatives in medical humanities and social studies of science on both campuses and reinvigorated longstanding inter-campus conversations around history of science and medicine.  She co-taught an undergraduate honors seminar, conducted faculty seminars, and served as a guest lecturer in several classes.

Spring 2015

Don Fullerton

Gutgsell Professor of Finance, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign

Professor Fullerton’s nomination was supported by a number of intellectual units at both schools who used his presence as a catalyst for a national conference and generated a jointly written and edited collection of published research.  He participated in graduate and undergraduate courses to help students learn tools for analyzing policy questions.  He also gave a public address to the Duke-UNC communities on the economics of climate change.

Fall 2014

Mohsen Kadivar

Visiting Research Professor, Department of Religion, Duke University

Professor Kadivar’s appointment to the Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship  added to the collaboration between UNC and Duke University in the field of Islamic studies.  The two universities have complementary strength in this field, and a long history of good relations and collaboration over the past two decades.  Professor Kadivar’s  appointment enabled  students on both campuses to study with one of the most important intellectual figures in the Islamic world and permitted the formation of new initiatives, such as conferences and publications aimed at rethinking the resources offered by the Islamic tradition for facing the critical issues of the contemporary world.

Spring 2014

David Pizarro

Associate Professor of Psychology, Cornell University

Professor Pizarro is a moral psychologist whose groundbreaking research on disgust, its influence on moral judgments, and its importance for political controversies is of particular interest to his sponsors at Duke and UNC. He taught a course on moral psychology at UNC with students from both institutions. He participated regularly in MAD Lab (Duke’s research laboratory on moral attitudes and decisions) as well as activities in the Center for Advanced Hindsight. He gave many talks in labs and classes at each institution as well as a very well-received Keohane lecture on “How Emotions Shape Our Beliefs”. Building upon both universities’ expertise in moral psychology, Professor Pizarro helped to bring together researchers at both institutions. Other long-term impacts of his visit included invigorating on-going research, helping with a successful grant application to fund an annual training program in Neuroscience and Philosophy, and stimulating a new research group on disgust.

Jeffrey McDonnell

Professor of Hydrology, Global Institute for Water Security, National Hydrology Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan

Duke and UNC have both recognized the centrality of water as a research, education and outreach focus and have been building steadily in these areas.  As a well recognized leader in the fields of watershed hydrology and ecohydrology, Professor McDonnell enhanced these efforts by contributing to a shared graduate seminar on watershed hydrology and environmental water availability as well as other events that included guest lectures in undergraduate classes, research and public talks, and strategic planning and collaboration with faculty.

Fall 2011

Elaine Lawless

Alumni Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s Studies, 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 work has focused on veterans of historic and recent conflicts. Students from both UNC and Duke were involved in her veterans documentation project, which links to the Veterans Oral History Project, housed at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.

Spring 2011

Christine Bachrach

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

Professor Bachrach enhanced collaboration between social science and health scholars at the Duke Population Research Institute and UNC’s Carolina Population Center – as well as more broadly – by teaching an advanced undergraduate course in population health.  She also  participated in a seminar series that brought in external speakers who integrated the social, behavioral, and health sciences. In addition, Professor Bachrach gave a lecture in honor of J. Richard Udry, UNC Kenan Professor Emeritus.

Carlos Peres

Professor of Tropical Conservation Ecology, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Professor Peres was to give a course on tropical ecology and global change and participate in a workshop involving faculty from other local institutions.

Spring 2010

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.

Spring 2009

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.  Additional details are available at the NC Center for South Asia Studies website

Spring 2008

Peter Gomes

Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister, Harvard University

The late 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 since 1974. Dr. Gomes taught an undergraduate course that was open to students from both Duke and Carolina, and a course in the Duke Divinity School.

Fall 2007

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.


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.