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Graduate Research

Graduate research in the College of Arts and Science is boundary-breaking and world-changing.

With all the resources of an R1 institution, coupled with a high mentor-to-student ratio and a compact campus, we provide a cutting-edge but personal experience. Collaboration across disciplines isn’t just possible, it’s the norm—you'll explore your field of study from a range of perspectives and with colleagues in different fields. Graduate research at Vanderbilt expands your horizons like nowhere else.

For detailed information about graduate research opportunities in your field of interest, visit the department websites.


Megan Jordan


Megan’s research touches on tough social issues, including artist activists’ strategies of social cohesion and solidarity during contentious periods and the internal strains to social movement coalitions. Her dissertation "examines the emotional labor of activism and how burnout is experienced among activists during this interesting and traumatic time that we’ve been facing."


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Annie Hatmaker

Biological Sciences

Annie recently helped publish a study identifying the differences in virulence among Aspergillus species, a common human-pathogenic genus of fungi that includes A. flavus, which can cause aspergillosis and fungal keratitis infections, a type of eye infection. "It ultimately would benefit the scientific community to have the genomes of species causing each infection available for further study."

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Jacob Westerberg

Psychological Sciences

Jacob won an opportunity at the Allen Brain Observatory to explore theories around predictive coding, or brain energy conservation. All research produced at the observatory is made freely available to anyone tackling open questions in neural activity in health and disease. 

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Elvira Aballi Morell

Spanish & Portuguese

When Elvira came to Vanderbilt to work with her mentor, William Luis, she realized the importance of creating artistic spaces for Latinx communities. Elvira’s research is primarily about Afro-Cuban religions and how the diaspora frames cultural references, such as symbols and legends, in everyday life.

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