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2023 Faculty Election

Mehdi Shadmehr

Running for: Faculty Executive Committee
  • Associate Professor
  • Public Policy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Appointed: 2021
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Candidate Website
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In addition to routine participation in department committees, together with Anna Bassi and Santiago Olivella from the political science department, we have co-founded and co-organized the inter-disciplinary Formal and Quantitative Seminar series ( I've also been a member of the Advisory Committee for Persian Studies since 01/2022.

Candidate Statement

If 5 women faculty consecutively left a department in a comparable university, red flags would be raised and reforms implemented, likely with a change in the department’s leadership; unfortunately, not at UNC, and not even when there are complaints of a hostile work environment. Such shocking situations would be unacceptable at various other public and private universities/institutions that I’ve been associated with, e.g., UCalgary, Princeton, UChicago, and the Institute for Advanced Study. It’s one symptom of a sub-culture that normalizes discriminatory behavior, perpetuated by the exclusionary distribution of decision-making power at UNC. This damages academic productivity and efficiency and violates DEI principles. My aim is to put this urgent problem on the agenda and contribute to fixing it.

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