UNC’s Institute of African American Research selects two fellows

Frank Baumgartner (photo by Dan Sears)
Frank Baumgartner (photo by Dan Sears)

The Institute of African American Research at UNC-Chapel Hill has selected two faculty to serve as faculty fellows in 2015-2016. Both scholars will research social and health experiences impacting North Carolina’s black communities.

Frank Baumgartner, the Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, will hold the IAAR Faculty Fellowship in the fall to develop his study, “Police Stops in Black and White.” Already in progress, the project examines racial disparity in the frequency and nature of traffic stops for black and white motorists across the state.

Wizdom Powell Hammond, assistant professor of health behavior in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will be an IAAR fellow in spring 2016. Her project, “Mapping Therapeutic Community Landscapes to Reduce Substance Abuse Risk among Black Emerging Adult Males in Durham County,” will look at the relationship between neighborhood conditions, stress and substance use among black males in Durham.

Both projects address topics relevant to current national events impacting black communities and contribute to the IAAR’s research theme on Black Communities, Well-Being and Security.

Baumgartner and Hammond will each give a public presentation during the semester that they are residents at the IAAR.

The IAAR Faculty Fellows program is in its second year. The fellowship supports current and rigorous research by UNC faculty members who are pursuing studies of African Americans and the African Diaspora.