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Affiliated Faculty


Brooke A. Ackerly
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, 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 and African American and Diaspora Studies
research: African American literary criticism and theory, black and Afro-American literature, modernism

Vanessa Beasley
Associate Provost and Dean of Residential Faculty
Associate Professor, Communication Studies 
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
Librarian for Inclusion Initiatives
Librarian for Women’s & Gender Studies, 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

Amy Cooter
Senior Lecturer, Sociology Department

Elizabeth Covington
Principal Senior Lecturer, English
Programming Coordinator for Literary Studies
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
Edwin Mims Chair of 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
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 the College of Arts and Science
Professor, Communication Studies
research: rhetoric and representation of the first and second waves of feminism in the United States

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

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

Jennifer Fay
Director, Cinema and Media Arts
Associate Professor, 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, English
Dual Appointment, Women’s & Gender Studies
research: critical legal theory, world literature, women and gender studies, colonial and post-colonial literature

Gerald Figal
Director, Asian Studies
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

Vivien G. Fryd
Professor, 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

Gilbert Gonzales
Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science

Tracey E. George
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty
Professor, Political Science

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

Teresa Goddu
Associate Professor, English 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; Professor, Medicine, Health, and Society; Associate Professor, American Studies, Health Policy, Medicine, and Sociology
research: men’s health, health disparities/equity, qualitative research, and community-based participatory research

Aimi Hamraie
Assistant Professor, Medicine, Health, and Society
Director, Mapping Access Project

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
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

research: post-war and contemporary German literature, Holocaust literature, classical reception in German culture

Rolanda L. Johnson
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Dean for Academics
Associate Professor, School of Nursing 
research: health promotion of African-Americans, black racial identity, genetics, and obesity

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

research: African American history, 20th century American history, and race and visual culture

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

Scott Juengel
Assistant Director for Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, 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 
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 Director of Undergraduate Studies, Communication Studies
research: critical/cultural studies, gender politics

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

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

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

Luis Leyva
Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, Teaching and Learning
research: math education, gender studies, and higher education

Linda G. Manning
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Health Psychologist and Interim Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
research: mindfulness based interventions, health coaching in medical education, trauma

Elizabeth S. Meadows
Principal Senior Lecturer, English
Associate Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

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

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

Professor of Psychiatry
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 of Sociology, Law, and Human and Organization Development
research: social movements, women’s legal rights, and political sociology

Thomas A.J. McGinn
Professor of Law and History
research: Latin literature, Roman law, and social history

Richard McGregor
Associate Professor of Religion and 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
research: religion, psychology, and culture, practical theology, women and childhood studies, pastoral care

Catherine Molineux
Associate Professor of History; Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow
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

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

Ifeoma C. Nwankwo
Associate Professor, English
Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
research: African American and Caribbean literature and culture, paradigms for intercultural interactions

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, race relations, the Afro-Diasporic experience, literature of human rights, and Brazilian Cinema and Popular Culture

Kelly Oliver
W. Alton Jones Professor, Philosophy
Director of Graduate Studies, Philosophy

research: 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy and Contemporary French Philosophy

Bridget E. Orr
Associate Professor, English
research: cultural encounter and empire in the Restoration and 18th century English theatre, writings about and by New Zealanders, Maori, and Pacific Islanders

Monica Park
Assistant Professor, Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies 
research: intersection of literary culture and religious discourse in the Greco-Egyptian world of early Ptolemies

Courtney S. Peterson
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

JuLeigh Petty
Assistant Director and Senior Lecturer, Medicine, Health and Society
research: regulation of research ethics, organizational and institutional effects of medical research on HIV clinics, and the interaction of race, stress, and premedical education

Richard N. Pitt
Assistant Professor, Sociology
research: religion, education, social psychology, and ethics

Lynn Ramey
Associate Professor, French
research: French culture and literature, computing applications for the humanities

Alice Randall
Writer in Residence, African American and Diaspora Studies, English
research: creative writing, soul food, African-American’s children’s literature, African-American film

Nancy Reisman
Professor, English
research: creative writing, short fiction

Alex Dubilet
Senior Lecturer, English
research: contemporary continental philosophy, critical theory, political theology, philosophy of religion, modern and contemporary political theory, history and theory of Christianity mysticism, secularity, secularism, film and film theory

Ruth Rogaski
Associate Professor, History
research: history of Qing and twentieth-century China, history of medicine and science, women’s and gender history, and the social and cultural history in modern East Asia

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

research: history of fashion

Virginia M. Scott
Professor, French and Applied Linguistics
research: dynamic models of multilingualism and impact of critical language awareness on student identity

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

research: modern Jewish literature and culture, modernism, transnationalism, and diaspora studies

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

Mark L. Schoenfield
Professor, English
Director of Undergraduate Studies, English
research: law and literature, romantic constructions of the self

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 African American and Diaspora Studies and French
Chair, African American and Diaspora Studies
Director, Callie House Center for the Study of Global Black Cultures and Politics
research: 18th and 19th century literature and culture, Jazz Age, Black Diaspora Women Writers

John M. Sloop
Associate Provost for Digital Learning
Professor, Communication Studies
research: rhetorical theory and criticism, public discourse, gender studies

Melissa Snarr
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor, Ethics and Society
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, early Republican formations, and the early modern black subject

Robbie Spivey
Lecturer, English

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

Benigno L. Trigo
Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Professor, Spanish
research: Latin American literature, women’s writing, psychoanalysis, and Puerto Rican studies

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

Holly A. Tucker
Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities and Professor, French

Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

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 and Law
research: slavery, race, and the law in the American South

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
research: history of African-American religion, religious consciousness and the body

Meike Werner
Associate Professor, German and European Studies
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of German, Russian, and East European Studies 

research: German literature, print media, intellectual history

Isaac West
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
research: rhetorics of law, 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: modern Mexico, Latin America, cultural history, religious change, Catholicism