Barbara Entwisle

Kenan Distinguished Professor & Vice Chancellor for Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Barbara is Kenan Distinguished Professor and Vice Chancellor for Research. Her primary faculty appointment is in Sociology, but she also holds adjunct and auxiliary faculty positions in Geography, Environment and Ecology, International Studies, and Asian Studies. Dr. Entwisle received her PhD from Brown, postdoctoral experience at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and has spent most of her academic career at UNC, where she was promoted up through the faculty ranks and named distinguished chair in 2007. Her research focuses on the demographic and health behavior in relation to the multidimensional environments in which this behavior occurs. Her signature contributions have included methodological innovations in the design of longitudinal surveys, novel data collection methods that integrate qualitative and quantitative methods, the measurement of dynamic social networks, the integration of spatial and social data, and multilevel analysis.

Dr. Entwisle has served on numerous advisory groups for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Institutes for Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others. Her contributions have been recognized by her election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2003), election as President of the Population Association of America (2007), and election as President of the Sociological Research Association (2014). She has also received five department-based teaching and mentoring awards, a university-wide award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction (2004), and recognized as a PAA Honored Colleague (2012).

As Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Entwisle leads a campus-wide research program (currently $778 million), spanning the College of Arts and Sciences, ten professional schools (including the School of Medicine), and 16 pan-university research centers and institutes. She contributes to the development of overall strategy for the university, sets priorities for investments in research, and partners with other units on campus to meet these priorities. Before becoming Vice Chancellor, Dr. Entwisle served as Director of the Carolina Population Center (CPC) from 2002-2010. The CPC supports the population research and training activities of an elected body of 55-60 faculty fellows from 16 departments and five schools across the university. While CPC Director, Dr. Entwisle doubled the size of the research program, received a perfect score on her most recent NIH center grant, and received an NIH MENTOR award for her NIH training grant. She built a new strength in “Population and Environment” area by winning an NSF IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training) award (the only one at UNC so far) that more than doubled the number of faculty engaged in this area, spun out the Center for Galapagos Studies, and inspired a host of newly funded projects and collaborations.