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All MLAS courses are taught by current Vanderbilt faculty members and, on occasion, emeritus faculty. All instructors are selected for their recognized abilities as teachers and their special interest in MLAS students and the MLAS program. By any measure, be it their publications, teaching awards, community involvement, academic background, and scholarly honors, Vanderbilt’s faculty is one of the most distinguished in the nation. Above all their many honors and acclaim, they are committed and eager to share their knowledge with the remarkable students in this program. They too are energetic and enthusiastic lifelong learners who value the MLAS experience.

Here are just a few of the acclaimed professors who have recently taught in the program:

Jeremy Atack, Professor of Economics, Emeritus
“American Economic History”
“American Economic Growth and Development”

Michael Aurbach, Professor of Art
“Drawing and Composition: From Concept to Artifact”
“Found and Fabricated: Sculpture”

Gregory Barz, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology
“Music and Global Health”

Richard Blackett, Andrew Jackson Professor of History
“History and Biography”
“American Slavery and Slave Resistance”

Joy Calico, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Musicology
“The Opera”

Kate Daniels, Professor of English
“Why Write? Perspectives on Literary Creativity”
“Poetry Workshop”

Marshall Eakin, Professor of History
“Visions of Amazonia”

Leonard Folgarait, Professor of the History of Art
“Art and Politics”
“Modern Architecture”

Phillip Franck , Associate Professor of Theatre 
“The Story in Pictures: Visual Design in Film”
“Setting the Stage: Design for the Theatre”

Edward Friedman, Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish
Don Quioxte and the Development of the Novel”
“Mirrors on the Stage: U.S. Drama, U.S. Culture”

Malcolm Getz, Associate Professor of Economics
“Urban Growth and Public Policy”

Roy Gottfried, Professor of English
“James Joyce and the Best Novel of the 20th Century”

Joel Harrington, Centennial Professor of History
“The Historical Faces of Jesus”

Michael Hodges, Professor of Philosophy
“Religion and Values in the Philosophical Tradition”
“Ethics in Literature”
“Philosophy and Literature: A Dialogue”
“Concepts of God”

Mark Jarman, Centennial Professor of English
“The Poetry of Frost and Stevens”

Robin Jensen, Luce Chancellor's Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship
“Building for Worship: Form and Function of Religious Architecture”
“Picturing the Bible: Visual Scriptures in Jewish and Christian Art”

Michael Kreyling, Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of English
“American Experience in the Crime Novel”
“Southern Literature”

Konstantin Kustanovich, Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages 
“Twentieth Century Russian Prose”
“Russian Cinema”

John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy
“Ethical Issues in Everyday Life ”
“Optimism and Pessimism ”
“Medical Ethics ”

Lorraine López, Associate Professor of English
“Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop”

James Lovenheimer, Assistant Professor of Musicology
“Twentieth Century American Musicals in Context”

Leah Marcus, Edwin Mims Professor of English
“In Search of Gandhi”

Frank Robinson , Associate Professor of History
“History of the Caribbean”
“Crossroads of the World: The Panama Canal”

Thomas Schwartz, Professor of History
“America and the Vietnam War”

Charles Scott, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
“Human Existence, Faith, and the Question of Ethics”
“Society, Power, and the Individual”

Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy
“Socrates, Plato, and the Good Life”
“Liberty, Authority, and Justice”

Cecelia Tichi, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English
“Gilded Age Chicago: White City, Hog Butcher, Seat of Empire”
“Idealist and Savage Realists: The American Novel of the Early Twentieth Century”
"Capstone Workshop"

Barbara Tsakrigis, Associate Professor of Classics
“Sport and Spectacle in the Classical Era”
“The Golden Age of Augustus”

Holly Tucker, Associate Professor of French
“Early Medicine and Culture: From Aristotle to the Enlightenment”

David Weintraub, Professor of Astronomy
“Theories of the Universe”

Andrés Zamora, Professor of Spanish
“Representations of Women, Images of the Nation: The Case of Spanish Cinema ”