Director of Research Curricula
Anna Krome-Lukens is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy in the College of Arts & Sciences, where she joined the faculty in 2014. Originally from Virginia, Dr. K-L received her BA in History and Anthropology from the University of Virginia and her PhD in History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the the intersection of history and public policy. She is currently writing a book on the history of North Carolina’s eugenics and welfare programs during the early 20th century—a project that grew out of research she began as an undergraduate in a History course at UVA. As Director of Research Curricula, Dr. K-L is committed to integrating opportunities for research into the undergraduate experience so that all students can participate in the excitement of developing original knowledge.
Director, Office for Undergraduate Research
Dr. Pleasants has been working closely with students at Carolina for more than 15 years through teaching, coaching, and various forms of outreach and engagement. He received his BA in English, Masters in Teaching English, and PhD in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and counts himself lucky to work at his alma mater. His past work and research has been about men and masculinity, violence prevention, student success, and teaching and learning. He has an adjunct appointment in Health Behavior at the Gillings School for Global Public Health, where he teaches “Critical Approaches to Service Learning” and a clinical appointment in the School of Education. He is always happy to meet with one-on-one with undergraduates to talk about their research interests.
Program Director, Amgen Scholars Program
Jeremy Purvis runs UNC’s Amgen Scholars Program through the Office for Undergraduate Research. Dr. Purvis is a Professor of Genetics and a member of UNC’s Computational Medicine Program. Dr. Purvis earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Florida, and he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. His lab combines computational modeling and single cell experiments to study cellular behavior with a focus on the human cell cycle and cell fate decisions. He enjoys working with students on new and interesting research projects because he loves learning and considers himself a student at heart.
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Aaron Pattillo-Lunt (he/him) is a Ph.D. Candidate in History, and he studies United States religious and intellectual history in the twentieth century United States. His dissertation project explores the intertwined religious and political histories of fundamentalism, evangelicalism, and liberalism from the 1920s to the 2010s. Aaron especially likes being in the classroom where he can work with UNC-CH’s excellent undergraduates and engage with their ideas.