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Lori Thomas

Director of Research & Faculty Engagement, Director of the Institute for Social Capital - UNC Charlotte Urban Institute; Associate Professor of Social Work

M. Lori Thomas is the director of research and faculty engagement at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, where she also serves as director for the Institute for Social Capital. Dr. Thomas is an associate professor of Social Work in the College of Health and Human Services.

Mark R. Wilson


Mark Wilson is a professor in the Department of History. He is conducting new research that explores the development of the so-called military-industrial complex in the USA from the 1950s into the early 21st century. He is also interested in working to archive the historical records of business firms with connections to the Charlotte region.

Mark Sanders

Senior Lecturer
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Mark Sanders is a senior lecturer of philosophy. He has been at UNC Charlotte since 2006 and has taught many classes during that time. Most recently, he has been focusing on philosophically informed civic engagement. This has manifested itself in the courses he teaches and the service and research he conducts.

Mary Jo McGowan

Lecturer, Undergraduate Coordinator

Mary Jo McGowan is a lecturer and undergraduate director in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at UNC Charlotte. She earned her Ph.D. in public policy from UNC Charlotte in 2014. Her research interests include election administration, candidate decisions, and complexity theory. 

Melinda Forthofer

Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Melinda Forthofer, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services. Prior to UNC Charlotte,Forthofer was on the fUniversity of South Florida faculty (1996-2006) and at the University of South Carolina (2006-16).

Michael E. Thompson

Associate Chair Public Health Sciences; Director, MHA Program; Director Health Informatics and Analytics Program

Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is an associate professor and associate chair of Public Health Sciences. He directs UNC Charlotte’s CAHME-accredited and nationally ranked Master of Health Administration program and its Health Informatics and Analytics programs.