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Affiliated Faculty

  • Brooke A. Ackerly
    Professor of Political Science
    Specialties: Feminist methodologies; feminist theory; political thought; intersections of environmental/economic/gender justice
  • Candice Amich
    Assistant Professor of English
    Specialties: Transnational performance; feminist aesthetics; poetics & politics; literary globalization studies; postcolonial studies
  • Ellen Armour
    E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair in Religion and Gender and Sexuality
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Associate Professor of Feminist Theology
    Director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
    Specialties: Feminist theology; theories of sexuality, race, gender, disability, and embodiment; contemporary continental philosophy
  • Houston Baker
    Distinguished University Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies
    Specialties: African American literary criticism & theory; black & Afro-American literature; modernism
  • Vanessa Beasley
    Associate Professor of Communication Studies
    Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
    Specialties: Presidential rhetoric; US political communication; rhetorical criticism & theory
  • Sophie Bjork-James
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology
    Specialties: Political ethics; American evangelism; contemporary white supremacy; national movements; critical race theory
  • Melinda F. Brown
    Librarian for Inclusion Initiatives and Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Robert Campany
    Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities
    Professor of Asian Studies
    Specialties: Late classical and early medieval Chinese religious history; East Asian Buddhism
  • Christopher (Kitt) Carpenter
    E. Bronson Ingram Chair and Professor of Economics
    Director of the LGBT Policy Lab and Public Policy Studies
    Specialties: Public policy interventions on health behaviors
  • Laura M. Carpenter
    Associate Professor of Sociology
    Specialties: Gender, sexuality, health, and medicine
  • Ellen Clayton
    Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics
    Professor of Law and Health Policy
    Specialties: Law & genetics; intersection of law, medicine, and public health
  • Beth Conklin
    Associate Professor of Anthropology
    Specialties: Ethnographies; anthropology; death & mourning; politics of indigenous rights; religion & ritual
  • Amy Cooter
    Senior Lecturer of Sociology
    Specialties: Nationalism; race & ethnicity; gender
  • Cynthia Cyrus
    Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs
    Professor of Musicology
    Specialties: Historical musical literacy; women’s monastic writings
  • Kate Daniels
    Edwin Mims Professor of English
    Specialties: Art of medical writing; creative writing
  • Colin Dayan
    Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities
    Professor of Law
    Specialties: American literature; English & French Caribbean literatures; Haitian historiography; American legal scholarship
  • Nathalie Debrauwere-Miller
    Associate Professor of French and Jewish Studies
    Director of Graduate Studies for French & Italian
    Specialties: Feminism and Jewish studies; francophone literature
  • Rory Dicker
    Director of the Margeret Cuninggim Women’s Center
    Specialties: Third wave feminism and history of the US
  • Idit Dobbs-Weinstein
    Associate Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies
    Specialties: Aristotle; Medieval Judaism; political philosophy; philosophy of history; critical theory
  • Bonnie J. Dow
    Professor of Communication Studies
    Dean of Academic Affairs for the College of Arts & Science
    Specialties: Rhetoric & representation of the first & second waves of feminism in the US
  • Lynn E. Enterline
    Nancy Perot Chair Professor of English
    Director of Undergraduate Studies for English
    Specialties: Early modern literature; histories of sexuality; rhetoric & emotion in the English, Latin, Greek, and Italian traditions
  • Elizabeth Christin Essin
    Associate Professor of Theatre
    Director of Undergraduate Studies for Theatre
    Specialties: Cultural roles of theatre designers during the modern development of their profession
  • Jennifer Fay
    Chair of Cinema & Media Arts
    Professor of Cinema & Media Arts and English
    Specialties: Film & cultural politics; contemporary cinema of ecological displacement; cinema & film theory
  • Julia A. Fesmire
    Principal Senior Lecturer of English
    Specialties: Critical legal theory; world literature; women & gender studies; colonial & post-colonial literature
  • Gerald Figal
    Chair of Asian Studies
    Professor of Asian Studies and History
    Specialties: Modern Japanese cultural & intellectual history; Postwar Okinawa; war memorialization; critical theory; cultural studies; Japanese animation
  • Earl E. Fitz
    Professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Comparative Literature
    Specialties: Brazilian literature; comparative literature; Spanish-American literature; Inter-American literary studies
  • Vivien G. Fryd
    Professor Emerita of History of Art
    Specialties: American art; colonial art history; American studies; gender studies
  • Kathy L. Gaca
    Associate Professor of Classical and Mediterranean Studies
    Specialties: Women, war, and emergent humanitarian concerns in antiquity & the modern day
  • Gilbert Gonzales
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society
    Specialties: LGBT health; health disparities; population health; health care reform
  • Tracey E. George
    Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
    Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty
    Professor of Political Science
    Specialties: State judicial systems; judicial elections; multi-district litigation; legal education; contract law
  • Teresa Goddu
    Associate Professor of English and American Studies
    Specialties: Slavery & antislavery; race & American culture; print culture; material & visual culture;  genre studies
  • Derek M. Griffith
    Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society
    Director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health
    Associate Professor of Health Policy

    Specialties: Men’s health; health disparities & equity; qualitative research; community-based participatory research

  • Aimi Hamraie
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society
    Specialties: Critical disability theory; feminist science studies; feminist theory; urban studies; philosophy of science & medicine
  • Joni Hersch
    Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair Professor of Law and Economics
    Co-Director of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics
    Specialties: Labor economics; discrimination; law & economics
  • Jessie Hock
    Assistant Professor of English
    Specialties: English & French poetry; classical reception history; history of science; materialist thought; aesthetics & poetics; contemporary philosophy & critical theory
  • Sara E. Igo
    Andrew Jackson Chair in American History
    Professor of Law, Political Science, and Sociology
    Dean of Strategic Initiatives for the College of Arts & Science
    Specialties: Modern American cultural & intellectual history; history of the human sciences; sociology of knowledge
  • Rolanda L. Johnson
    Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion and Academics
    Associate Professor of Nursing
    Specialties: Health promotion of African-Americans; black racial identity; genetics; obesity
  • Cathy L. Jrade
    Chancellor’s Professor of Spanish
    Specialties: Modernismo and modern Latin American poetry
  • Scott Juengel
    Associate Professor of English
    Specialties: Catastrophic events in literature; relationship between cosmopolitan hospitality, human rights, and novel worlds in romantic era fiction
  • Christina Karageorgou-Bastea
    Associate Professor of Spanish
    Specialties: Critical theory; Latin American literature; utopian literature; Spanish literature
  • Shaul Kelner
    Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies
    Specialties: Jewish diaspora studies; contemporary Jewish political identities
  • Claire Sisco King
    Associate Professor of Communication Studies
    Director of Undergraduate Studies for Communication Studies
    Specialties: Critical/cultural studies; gender politics
  • Vera M. Kutzinski
    Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of English
    Professor of Comparative Literature
    Director of the Alexander von Humboldt in English (HiE) Project
    Director of Graduate Studies for English
    Specialties: American, Caribbean, and Latin American literary and cultural history; translation studies
  • Amy-Jill Levine
    Mary Jane Werthan University Professor of Jewish Studies
    University Professor Emerita of New Testament Studies
    Specialties: New Testament studies & early Christianity; Jewish studies; feminist theology
  • Melanie Lowe
    Associate Professor of Musicology
    Specialties: 18th-century music; difference; electropop; scholarship of teaching
  • Luis Leyva
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
    Specialties: Math education; gender studies; higher education
  • Elizabeth S. Meadows
    Principal Senior Lecturer of English
    Associate Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
    Specialties: Social & material power of literary form in the Victorian period; sexuality & gender
  • Jonathan M. Metzl
    Director of Medicine, Health, and Society
    Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society
    Professor of Psychiatry
    Specialties: Psychiatry; race & health; history of mental health; gender & politics
  • Adam S. Meyer
    Associate Professor of Jewish Studies
    Specialties: Twentieth-century American literature & culture; relations between Blacks & Jews
  • Holly J. McCammon
    Professor of Sociology and Law
    Specialties: Social movements; women’s legal rights; political sociology
  • Thomas A.J. McGinn
    Professor of History, Law, and Classical and Mediterranean Studies
    Specialties: Latin literature; Roman law; social history
  • Richard McGregor
    Associate Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies
    Specialties: Islamic intellectual & mystical traditions; Qu’ran interpretation; Sufism; study of Islam
  • Tracy G. Miller
    Associate Professor of History of Art
    Specialties: History of art & architecture in East Asia; ritual & garden architecture; temples
  • Bonnie Miller-McLemore
    E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture, Emerita
    Specialties: Religion, psychology, and culture; practical theology; women and childhood studies; pastoral care
  • Catherine Molineux
    Associate Professor of History
    Specialties: Early modern British Atlantic world; race, slavery, and empire
  • Michelle N. Murray
    Assistant Professor of Spanish
    Specialties: Spanish literature; film; literary theory; gender studies; cultural studies
  • Dana D. Nelson
    Chair of English
    Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English
    Specialties: American literature; citizenship; democracy; US government
  • Ifeoma C. Nwankwo
    Associate Professor of English
    Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
    Specialties: African-American & Caribbean literature and culture; paradigms for intercultural interactions
  • Elena Olazagasti-Segovia
    Principal Senior Lecturer of Spanish and Portuguese
    Specialties: Contemporary Spanish women novelists; Latina writers; Puerto Rican women writers
  • Emanuelle Oliveira
    Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian Literature
    Specialties: Afro-Brazilian literature; race relations; the Afro-Diasporic experience; literature of human rights; Brazilian cinema & popular culture
  • Kelly Oliver
    W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy
    Specialties: 19th and 20th Century continental philosophy; contemporary French philosophy
  • Bridget E. Orr
    Associate Professor of English
    Specialties: Cultural encounter & empire in the Restoration and 18th century English theatre; writings about and by New Zealanders, Maori, and Pacific Islanders
  • Courtney S. Peterson
    Senior Lecturer of Medicine, Health, and Society
    Director of Undergraduate Major Advising for Medicine, Health, and Society
    Specialties: Sociology of mental health; social psychology & gender; sexuality & sexual identity
  • JuLeigh Petty
    Assistant Director, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of Evaluation for Medicine, Health, and Society
    Principal Senior Lecturer of Medicine, Health, and Society
    Specialties: Regulation of research ethics; organizational & institutional effects of medical research on HIV clinics; interaction of race, stress, and premedical education
  • Richard N. Pitt
    Associate Professor of Sociology
    Specialties: Academic identity; professional identity; religion
  • Lynn Ramey
    Professor of French
    Faculty Director of the Center for Digital Humanities
    Specialties: French culture & literature; computing applications for the humanities
  • Alice Randall
    Writer in Residence for African American and Diaspora Studies and English
    Specialties: Creative writing; soul food; African-American’s children’s literature; African-American film
  • Nancy Reisman
    Professor of English
    Specialties: Creative writing; short fiction
  • Alex Dubilet
    Assistant Professor of English
    Specialties: Contemporary continental philosophy; critical theory; political theology; philosophy of religion; modern & contemporary political theory; history & theory of Christian mysticism; secularity; secularism; film & film theory
  • Ruth Rogaski
    Associate Professor of History
    Specialties: History of Qing & Twentieth-century China; history of medicine & science, women’s & gender history; social & cultural history in modern East Asia
  • Alexandra A. Sargent
    Senior Lecturer of Theatre
    Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager
    Specialties: History of fashion
  • Virginia M. Scott
    Professor Emerita of French & Applied Linguistics
    Professor of Education
    Specialties: Dynamic models of multilingualism and impact of critical language awareness on student identity
  • Allison H. Schachter
    Chair of Jewish Studies
    Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English
    Specialties: Modern Jewish literature & culture; modernism; transnationalism; diaspora studies
  • Laurel C. Schneider
    Professor of Religious Studies
    Specialties: Modern and postmodern Christian thought; gender theory; sociology of religion; Native American religious studies; postcolonial theory; queer theory
  • Mark L. Schoenfield
    Professor of English
    Specialties: Law & literature; romantic constructions of the self
  • Kathryn Schwarz
    Professor of English
    Specialties: Shakespearean sexualities; Sixteenth and Seventeenth-century prose fictions; feminist & queer theories
  • Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting
    Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and French
    Chair of African American and Diaspora Studies
    Director of the Callie House Center for the Study of Global Black Cultures and Politics
    Specialties: 18th and 19th century literature and culture; Jazz Age; Black diaspora women writers
  • John M. Sloop
    Professor of Communication Studies
    Specialties: Rhetorical theory & criticism; public discourse; gender studies
  • Melissa Snarr
    E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Associate Professor of Ethics and Society
    Specialties: Religion; social change; political ethics
  • Terrie Spetalnick
    Lecturer of Sociology
    Specialties: Intersectionality; citizen agency; social justice
  • Hortense J. Spillers
    Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor Emerita of English
    Specialties: Black culture & women; early Republican formations; the early modern black subject
  • Emilie M. Townes
    Dean of the Divinity School
    Distinguished Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society
    Specialties: Christian ethics; cultural theory & studies; postmodernism & social postmodernism; womanist theology
  • Benigno L. Trigo
    Professor of Spanish
    Specialties: Latin American literature; women’s writing; psychoanalysis; Puerto Rican studies
  • Arleen M. Tuchman
    Nelson O. Tyrone, Jr. Chair in History
    Professor of History
    Specialties: Cultural history of health & disease; medical constructions of gender & sexuality
  • Holly A. Tucker
    Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities
    Professor of French
    Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
    Specialties: Narrative medicine; medicine & literature; early history of medicine
  • Susan Verberne-Sutton
    Senior Lecturer of Chemistry
  • Kimberly M. Welch
    Associate Professor of History
    Assistant Professor of Law
    Specialties: Slavery, race, and the law in the American South
  • Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh
    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
    Specialties: History of African-American religion; religious consciousness & the body
  • Meike Werner
    Associate Professor of German and European Studies
    Chair of French & Italian
    Director of Graduate Studies for German, Russian, and East European Studies
    Specialties: German literature; print media; intellectual history
  • Isaac West
    Associate Professor of Communication Studies
    Specialties: Rhetorics of law; legal studies; cultural studies; queer/LGBTQ studies; social movements; popular culture
  • Edward Wright-Rios
    Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities
    Professor of History
    Chair of History
    Specialties: Modern Mexico; Latin America; cultural history; religious change; Catholicism