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Affiliated Faculty


Brooke A. Ackerly
Associate Professor, Political Science
research: feminist methodologies, feminist theory, political thought, intersections of environmental/economic/gender justice

Candice Amich
Assistant Professor, English
research: transnational performance, feminist aesthetics, poetics and politics, literary globalization studies, postcolonial studies

Ellen Armour
Associate Professor, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair in Feminist Theology
Director of Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality

research: feminist theology, theories of sexuality, race, gender, disability and embodiment, and contemporary continental philosophy

Houston Baker
Distinguished University Professor, English; African American and Diaspora Studies
research: African American literary criticism and theory, black and afro-american literature, modernism

Faith Barter
Lecturer, English

Vanessa Beasley
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Dean of the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

research: residential rhetoric, U.S. political communication, rhetorical criticism and theory

Cara Tuttle Bell
Director, Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response

Sophie Bjork-James
Assistant Professor of the Practice, Anthropology
research: political ethics, American evangelism, contemporary white supremacy, national movements, critical race theory

Melinda F. Brown
Instruction Coordinator, Jean and Alexander Heard Library

Robert Campany
Professor of Asian Studies
research: late classical and early medieval Chinese religious history, East Asian Buddhism

Christopher (Kitt) Carpenter
Professor, Economics
research: public policy interventions on health behaviors

Laura M. Carpenter
Associate Professor, Sociology
research: gender, sexuality, health and medicine

Ellen Clayton
Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics; Professor of Law; Professor of Health Policy
research: law and genetics, intersection of law, medicine, and public health

Beth Conklin
Department Chair and Associate Professor Anthropology
research: ethnographies, anthropology, death and mourning, politics of indigenous rights, religion and ritual

Keegan Cook Finberg
Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies and English

Amy Cooter
Lecturer, Sociology Department

Elizabeth Covington
Senior Lecturer, English
Assistant Director of Writing Studio

research: modern literature, psychological theories

Cynthia Cyrus
Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs; Professor of Musicology
research: historical musical literacy, women’s monastic writings

Kate Daniels
Professor, English; Director of Vanderbilt Creative Writing
research: art of medical writing, creative writing

Colin Dayan
Robert Penn Warren Professor in Humanities
research: American literature, English and French Caribbean literatures, haitain historiography, and American legal scholarship

Nathalie Debrauwere-Miller
Associate Professor, French and Jewish Studies
Director of Graduate Studies for Department of French and Italian

research: feminism and Jewish studies, francophone literature

Rory Dicker
Director of Margeret Cuninggim Women’s Center
Senior Lecturer, English

research: third wave feminism and history of U.S.

Idit Dobbs-Weinstein
Associate Professor, Philosophy and Jewish Studies
research: Aristotle, Medieval Judaism, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of History, and Critical Theory

Bonnie J. Dow
Dean of Humanities for College of Arts and Science; Professor of Communication Studies
research: rhetoric and representation of the first and second waves of feminism in the United States

Lynn E. Enterline
Nancy Perot Mulford Professor of English
research: early modern literature, histories of sexuality, rhetoric, and emotion in the English, Latin, Greek, and Italian traditions

Elizabeth Christin Essin
Assistant Professor of Theatre
research: cultural roles of theatre designers during the modern development of their profession

Jennifer Fay
Director, Cinema and Media Arts; Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Arts and English
research: film and cultural politics, contemporary cinema of ecological displacement, cinema and film theory

Julia A. Fesmire
Principal Senior Lecturer, Women and Gender Studies and English
Director of Undergraduate Studies, English

research: critical legal theory, world literature, women and gender studies, colonial and post-colonial literature

Gerald Figal
Professor, History and Asian Studies
research: Modern Japanese cultural and intellectual history; Postwar Okinawa; war memorialization; critical theory; cultural studies; Japanese animation

Earl E. Fitz
Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies
research: Brazilian literature; Comparative Literature; Spanish American literature; Inter-American literary studies

James Fraser
Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Development
research: urban and environmental geography, urban neighbohood redevelopment, social justice

Vivien G. Fryd
Professor of History of Art
research: American art, colonial art history, american studies, and gender studies

Kathy L. Gaca
Associate Professor, Classical and Mediterranean Studies
research: women, war, and emergent humanitarian concerns in antiquity and the modern day

Megan Gallagher
Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science

Tracey E. George
Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty
Professor, Political Science
Director, Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program

research: state judicial systems, judicial elections, multidistrict litigation, legal education, contract law

Teresa Goddu
Associate Professor, English Department and American Studies
research: slavery and antislavery, race and American culture, print culture, material and visual culture, and genre studies

Derek M. Griffith
Director, Center for Men’s Health; Associate Professor, Medicine, Health, and Society, American Studies, Health Policy, Medicine, and Sociology
research: men’s health, health disparities/equity, qualitative research, and community-based participatory research

Lisa Guenther
Associate Professor, Philosophy
research: phenomenology, feminism, and prison issues

Barbara Hahn
Distinguished Professor, German, Russian, and East European Studies
research: German literature and culture, 18th to 21 century: German-Jewish literature; intellectual history

Aimi Hamraie
Assistant Professor, Medicine, Health, and Society
research: critical disability theory, feminist science studies, feminist theory, urban studies, philosophy of science and medicine

Joni Hersch
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair, Professor, Law and Economics
Co-Director Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics

research: labor economics, discrimination, law and economics

Jessie Hock
Assistant Professor, English
research: English and French poetry, classical reception history, the history of science, materialist thought, aesthetics and poetics, and contemporary philosophy and critical theory

Sara E. Igo
Director, American Studies Program
Associate Professor, History, Political Science, Sociology, Law

research: modern American cultural and intellectual history, the history of the human sciences, and the sociology of knowledge

Alan J. Itkin
Senior Lecturer, German
Assistant Dean for Graduate Education and Research

Special Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research, College of Arts & Science

Rolanda L. Johnson
Assistant Dean for Academics, Associate Professor, Nursing School
research: health promotions of african-americans, black racial identity, genetics, and obesity

Yollette T. Jones
Associate Dean of Arts & Science
Senior Lecturer, History

research: African American history, and 20th century U.S. history

Cathy L. Jrade
Chancellor’s Professor, Spanish
research: modernismo and modern Latin American poetry

Scott Juengel
Assistant Director for Graduate Studies, Senior Lecturer, English
research: catastrophic events in literature; the relationship between cosmopolitan hospitality, human rights, and novel worlds in romantic era fiction

Christina Karageorgou-Bastea
Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
Director of Graduate Studies, Spanish and Portuguese

research: critical theory, Latin American literature, utopian literature, Spanish literature

Shaul Kelner
Associate Professor, Sociology and Jewish Studies
research: Jewish diaspora studies, and contemporary jewish political identities

Amanda Kinard
Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies
Lecturer, English

Claire S. King
Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Studies
research: critical/cultural studies, gender politics

Michael Kreyling
Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English
research: twentieth century American literature; Southern literature; American and Southern studies


Vera M. Kutzinski
Director of Graduate Studies
Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of English; Comparative Literature
Director of Alexander von Humboldt in English Project

research: American, Caribbean, and Latin American literary and cultural history, translation studies

Mireille Lee
Assistant Professor, History of Art
research: art and archeology, ancient Mediterranean, Greek art, gender in ancient material culture

Amy-Jill Levine
Mary Jane Werthan Professor in Jewish Studies, New Testament/Jewish Studies
University Professor of New Testament/Jewish Studies
research: New Testament studies and early Christianity, Jewish studies, feminist theology

Melanie Lowe
Associate Professor of Musicology, Blair School of Music
research: 18th-century music, difference, electropop, and the scholarship of teaching

Linda G. Manning
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Health Psychologist, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
research: mindfulness based interventions, health coaching in medical education

Leah S. Marcus
Edwin Mims Professor, English
research: seventeenth-century poetry and court masques, shakespeare textual scholarship, postcolonial studies

Elizabeth S. Meadows
Senior Lecturer, English
Assistant Director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy

research: social and material power of literary form in the Victorian period, sexuality and gender

Jonathan M. Metzl
Professor of Psychiatry
Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society
Director for the Center of Medicine, Health, and Society

research: psychiatry, race and health, history of mental health, gender and politics

Adam S. Meyer
Associate Professor, Jewish Studies
Associate Director, Program in Jewish Studies

research: twentieth-century American literature and culture, relations between Blacks and Jews

Holly J. McCammon
Professor, Sociology, Law, Human and Organization Development
research: social movements, women’s legal rights, and political sociology

Thomas A.J. McGinn
Professor of Law; Professor of History
research: latin literature, roman law, and social history

Richard McGregor
Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Islamic Studies
research: Islamic intellectual and mystical traditions, Qu’ran interpretation, sufism, study of Islam

Tracy G. Miller
Associate Professor, History of Art and Asian Studies

research: history of art and architecture in East Asia, ritual and garden architecture, temples

Bonnie Miller-McLemore
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology and Culture, Divinity School
research: religion, psychology, and culture, practical theology, women and childhood studies, pastoral care

Catherine Molineux
Associate Professor of History; Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History

research: early modern British Atlantic world, race, slavery, and empire

Michelle N. Murray
Assistant Professor, Spanish 
research: Spanish literature, film, literary theory, gender studies, and cultural studies

Courtney S. Muse
Senior Lecturer, Medicine, Health and Society
Director of Undergraduate Major Advising, MHS
research: sociology of mental health, social psychology and gender, sexuality and sexual identity

Dana D. Nelson
Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor, English and American Studies; Chair, English
research: American literature, citizenship, democracy, U.S. government

Ifeoma C. Nwankwo
Associate Professor, English
Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
U.S. African American and Caribbean literature, culture, identity, and ideology

Elena Olazagasti-Segovia
Principal Senior Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese
research: contemporary Spanish women novelists, Latina writers, Puerto Rican women writers

Emanuelle Oliveira
Associate Professor, Luso-Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian Literature
research: Afro-Brazilian literature, Afro-Diasporic experience, Brazilian Cinema and Popular Culture

Kelly Oliver
W. Alton Jones Professor, Philosophy
research: 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and Contemporary French Philosophy

Bridget E. Orr
Associate Professor, English
research: cultural encounter, pacific islander writing and film

JuLeigh Petty
Senior Lecturer and Assistant Director, Medicine, Health and Society
Assistant Director Medicine, Health and Society

Richard N. Pitt
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology

research: religion, education, social psychology, and ethics

Lynn Ramey
Associate Professor, French
research: French culture and literature

Alice Randall
Writer in Residence, African American and Diaspora Studies, English
research: creative writing, country lyric in american culture, soul food, african american disaporic studies

Nancy Reisman
Associate Professor, English
creative writing, short fiction

Nancy M. Roche
Lecturer, English
research: modern and postmodern American Literature, cultural studies, gender studies

Ruth Rogaski
Associate Professor, History
Interim Director, Asian Studies
research: modern chinese history, urban history, women’s and gender history in East Asia

Alexandra A. Sargent
Senior Lecturer, Theatre
Costume Design and Costume Shop Manager

research: fashion history

Virginia M. Scott
Professor, French and Applied Linguistics
Chair, Department of French and Italian

research: second language development; bilingual studies

Allison H. Schachter
Program Director, Jewish Studies
Associate Professor, Jewish Studies and English

research: Hebrew and Yiddish literature

Laurel C. Schneider
Professor, Religious Studies, Religion and Culture
research: gender theory, sociology of religion, Native American religious studies, postcolonial theory, queer theory

Mark L. Schoenfield
Professor, English
research: law and literature

Kathryn Schwarz
Professor, English
research: Shakespearean sexualities, sixteenth- and seventeenth-century prose fictions, feminist and queer theories

Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting
Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Humanities
Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and French
Director, Callie House Center
research: Jazz Age, Black Diaspora Women Writers

John M. Sloop
Professor, Communication Studies
Associate Provost for Digital Learning

research: rhetorical theory and criticism, public discourse, gender studies

Melissa Snarr
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Ethics
research: religion, social change, and political ethics

Terrie Spetalnick
Lecturer, Sociology
research: intersectionality, citizen agency, social justice

Hortense J. Spillers
Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English
research: black culture and women, american literature

Robbie Spivey
Lecturer, English

Cecilia Tichi
Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English
research: American literature, country music, american culture

Emilie M. Townes
Dean, Divinity School
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society
research: ethics and society, cultural theory and studies, postmodernism and social postmodernism

Benigno L. Trigo
Professor and Chair, Spanish and Portuguese
research: Latin American Literature; Women’s Writing; Psychoanalysis; Puerto Rican studies

Arleen M. Tuchman
Professor, History
research: cultural history of health and disease, medical constructions of gender and sexuality

Holly A. Tucker
Professor, French and Italian; Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society
research: narrative medicine, medicine and literature, early history of medicine

Susan Verberne-Sutton, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry

Kimberly M. Welch
Assistant Professor, History, Law
research: United States history, slavery, race, and the law in the American South

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
research: history of African-American religion

Meike Werner
Associate Professor, Germanic and European Studies
Director of Graduate STudies, Department of German and Slavic Languages

research: German literature, print media, intellectual history

Isaac West
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
research: legal studies, cultural studies, queer/LGBTQ studies, social movements, popular culture

Edward Wright-Rios
Associate Professor, History
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History

research: Latin America, cultural history, religious change, Catholic church history