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Barbara Entwisle Ph.D.

Barbara Entwisle, Ph.D.

Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology

Vice Chancellor for Research

University of North Carolina

Office Phone: 919-962-1319


Barbara Entwisle, PhD, is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As vice chancellor, Dr. Entwisle leads a campus-wide research program that attracted $788 million in contract and grant funding in fiscal 2011. She oversees the research support, compliance, communication, and technology transfer offices as well as a portfolio of 16 pan-university interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, including the Carolina Population Center, which she directed from 2002 to 2010. As a faculty member, Dr. Entwisle is currently Principal Investigator of the North Carolina components of the National Children’s Study, a longitudinal cohort study focusing on environment and children’s health. She is also leading an interdisciplinary study of migration and population-environment interactions in Northeast Thailand. Dr. Entwisle was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2003 and named Mary Lily Kenan Flagler Bingham Distinguished Professor in 2007. She is Chair of the Expert Group on Social Science Data Infrastructure for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) Global Science Forum and a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Infrastructure. Dr. Entwisle is past President of the Population Association of America and a former editor of Demography (2012).