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Tara Kachgal joined the School of Government as adjunct faculty in the MPA@UNC program in 2015. She has more than 15 years of experience working as a researcher and teacher in higher education and has held a variety of academic appointments, including working as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for five years, beginning in 2008. In addition to teaching in the program, Kachgal works as an editor at Walden University and she serves as a research consultant at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Kashgal has published refereed journal articles in Celebrity Studies, Feminist Media Studies, and Journal of LGBT Youth. She is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She earned her PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill in mass communication in 2008.