About Willis

Dr. Rachel A. Willis
Dr. Rachel A. Willis

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professor of American Studies

Adjunct Professor of Economics and Affiliated Faculty of Global Studies  

Senior Research Fellow at UNC Global Research Institute



Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University, 1990
M.A., Economics, University of Notre Dame, 1978
B.S., Economics, University of California at Riverside, 1977
B.A., Political Science, University of California at Riverside, 1977

Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar: 2016-2018
North Caroliniana Society: 2015
APPLES Service-Learning 25th Anniversary Faculty Excellence Award: 2015
Chapman Family Teaching Award/Fellowship: 2013, 2000, 1994
Bowman and Gordon Gray Professorship: 2006-2011
UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching: 2010 Mellon MURAP Faculty Fellowship: 2011, 2006, 1996, 1995
GSK Fellowship, Institute for Emerging Issues, NCSU: 2009
NC Campus Compact Sigmon Service-Learning Award: 2007
Kauffman Faculty Fellowship at the IAH: 2007
Hmong Student Association of Carolina Best Advisor Award: 2005
Triangle Transit Authority Board of Trustees Award: 2002
United Hmong Association of NC Award: 2002
Student Undergraduate Teaching Award: 2001, 1994
Carolina Center for Public Service Robert E. Bryan Award: 2000
Honorary Member of Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies:2000
APPLES Service-Learning Faculty Award (Ten Years): 2000
The Order of the Grail-Valkyries: 2000
Senior Class Faculty Award, Jefferson Cup 6 times: 1991—2001
The Order of the Golden Fleece: 1997
Women’s Issues Network Award: 1997
The William C. Friday Award for Excellence in Teaching: 1997
Town of Chapel Hill Appreciation Award:1996
Student Affairs Disabilities Teaching Excellence Award:1991
Outstanding Professor Award, Economics Association: 1990, 1991

Rachel Willis, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina
Greenlaw Hall 414, CB #3520
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520
(919) 962-0277