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French faculty member, Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, wins SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and French, is Vanderbilt’s winner of the 2020 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

The awards, now in their ninth year, recognize faculty members from each of the 14 Southeastern Conference universities who have excelled in teaching—particularly at the undergraduate level—and research.

“As a prolific and renowned scholar, Professor Sharpley-Whiting has distinguished herself as a leading international authority on race and gender in Europe, the French Atlantic world and comparative black cultural movements,” said Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente. “She is a dedicated member of the Vanderbilt community, multi-faceted intellectual and sought-after commentator whose interdisciplinary and transnational work influences our university, academia and the public domain.”

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