Faculty and Staff
- National Advisory Board
- 2011-2012 Steering Committee
- Teacher Advisory Board
- Affiliated Faculty Program
- Faculty, Listed by Department
Beth Conklin (email)
Associate Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., University of California, 1989; M.A, University of Iowa, 1980; B.A., Colorado College, 1976). Medical anthropology, sociocultural anthropology.
Arthur A. Demarest (email)
Ingram Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1981; B.A., Tulane University, 1974). Archaeology and ethno-history of Latin America (Inca, Aztec, Maya, Olmec).
Tom D. Dillehay (email)
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., University of Texas, 1976). Archaeology: Change and development of prehistoric complex societies, particularly Peru and Chile. South America, prehistory, colonialism, and ethnography. Ethnohistory and ethnography: South America.
Markus Eberl (email)
Associate Professor of Anthropology. (Ph.D., Tulane University, 2007; M.A., University of Bonn, 1999). Communities, settlement patterns and elite commoner relations in ancient Maya society, and Maya epigraphy.
Edward F. Fischer (email)
Director for the Center for Latin American Studies, Professor of Anthropology, (PhD. 1996, Tulane). Mayan ethnic movements, the political economy of Guatemala, and the impacts of globalization. He is the author of Cultural Logics and Global Economies, Broccoli and Desire, as well as a number of edited volumes and journal articles.
Lesley Gill (email)
Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1984; M.Phil., Columbia University, 1980; M.A., Columbia University, 1978). Cultural anthropology; political violence, human rights, global economic restructuring, the state, transformations in class, gender, and ethnic relations in Bolivia, Columbia, and elsewhere in Latin America.
Thomas A. Gregor (email)
Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1969; A.B., University of Chicago, 1962). Ethnology, native peoples of Brazil, psychological anthropology, conflict and violence.
Patricia Netherly (email)
Research Associate (Ph.D. Cornell University, 1977). Socio-political organization and the political economy of archaic states with particular reference to the Andes, modalities of complexity in pre-state societies, the cultural ecology of the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene in South America and well as in later periods.
Norbert O. Ross (email)
Associate Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., University of Freiburg, Germany, 1998; M.A., University of Freiburg, 1995). Maya groups in Chiapas, Yucatán (Mexico) and Petén (Guatemala). Issues of culture and cognition, children’s acquisition of cultural knowledge, cultural change.
Mareike Sattler (email)
Maya Language Instructor (M.A., University of Hamburg, 1993). Geographic representations from the perspective of historical linguistics. Maya epigraphy, hieroglyphic grammar, colonial Maya texts, modern Kaqchikel and K’iche’.
Miriam Shakow (email)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., Harvard University, 2008; B.A., Swarthmore College, 1997). Sociocultural anthropology; state transformations in Bolivia, and connections between indigenous middle class identities and large-scale political change; teenagers and youth as objects of fear in Latin America.
Tiffiny A. Tung (email)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Ph. D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Bioarchaeology; Peruvian Andes; skeletal biology and paleopathology; health consequences of imperialism; body as social artifact.
Steven A. Wernke (email)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Madison). Archaeology and ethnohistory of the Andean region; colonialism and culture change, missionary encounters, community and land-use organization, GIS and spatial analysis.
Blair School of Music Faculty
Lawrence Borden (email)
Associate Professor of Trombone (B.M., Northwestern). Principal trombone: Xalapa Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), 1976-81; Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Mexico, 1981/82; Nashville Symphony Orchestra since 1982. Compositions premiered in 1985, 1987, and 1988. Member of Blair Brass Quintet.
Helena Simonett (email)
Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles). Associate Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Latin American Music, Banda Music, Mexico. The current field project focuses on the role of religious ceremonies and music to defy the ongoing mestizoization of the Indian way of life, in particular, the national incorporation of the indigenous into modern Mexico.
Ana Regina Andrade (email)
Senior Lecturer in Economics, Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University & Research Associate, Center for Evaluation and Program Improvement, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University). Labor economics, econometrics; Latin American economic development.
Robert Barsky (email)
Professor, Dept. of English; French and Italian; Comparative Literature (Ph.D. McGill, post-doc Université libre de Bruxelles). Field work and research for books and papers on Convention refugees, homelessness in Quebec and incarcerated migrants in the South. Courses on Language theory, postcolonial literature and displacement.
Celso Castilho (email)
Research Assistant Professor of History (Ph.D. U.C. Berkeley; M.A. in Latin American Studies U.C.L.A). Modern Latin America, with emphasis on Brazil; comparative slavery and abolitionism; nineteenth-century political and social history.
Marshall C. Eakin (email)
Professor of History; Faculty Director, Ingram Scholarship Program (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles). Nineteenth – and twentieth – century Latin America, Brazil, and Central America.
Peter Hudson (email)
Assistant Professor of History (PhD, New York University, 2007). Modern U.S. cultural, economic, and political history in transnational context; imperial histories of the Caribbean; the cultural history of the African Diaspora in North America; race, political economy and histories of finance.
Jane G. Landers (email)
Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of History (Ph.D., Florida). Latin American colonial history, Atlantic World history, the history of gender in colonial Latin America, and comparative slavery and resistance. Her research focuses on the colonial circum-Caribbean and on the ethnohistory of Africans in colonial Latin America.
W. Frank Robinson (email)
Assistant Professor of History and Associate Director, CLAS, (Ph.D., Auburn University, 1999; Fulbright Scholar, Panama, 1997; M.A., University of Florida, 1988). Colonial and modern Latin America and the Caribbean, twentieth century social and political movements, nationalism and populism.
Edward Wright-Rios (email)
Assistant Professor of History (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2004). Specializes in the cultural history of Modern Mexico. His book Revolutions in Mexican Catholicism: Reform and Revelation in Oaxaca, 1887-1934, (Duke University Press, 2009) won the 2010 Murdo J. MacLeod Prize of the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association.
History of Art Faculty
Latin American Studies Faculty
Paula Covington (email)
Latin American Bibliographer, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies (M.A., Vanderbilt University,1994 ;M.L.S., Vanderbilt University, 1971). 19th-century travel to Mexico and Latin America. Recent travel and projects: Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Cuba. Interdisciplinary Research Methods.
Avery Dickins de Girón (email)
Assistant Director of the Center for Latin American Studies (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2008; B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1990). International development programs in Q’eqchi’ Maya villages as well as the security guard industry in Guatemala. She teaches VISAGE Guatemala.
Law School Faculty
Beverly L. Moran (email)
Professor of Law; Professor of Sociology (LL.M., New York University, 1986; J.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1981). Law and development, interdisciplinary scholarship and comparative law.
Yolanda Redero (email)
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law (J.D., University of Minnesota, 1999; M.A., St. Thomas University, 1996). Ecuador: Domestic violence and access to justice in indigenous communities and immigrant communities. Professor Redero is the chair of the Provost’s Task Force Against Sexual Assault for Vanderbilt University, working to establish new and effective responses and prevention programs for campus sexual assaults and gender violence.
Owen Graduate School Of Management
David A. Owens (email)
Professor of the Practice of Management & Innovation; Faculty Director, VU Summer Business Institute; Owen Graduate School of Management. (Ph.D., Stanford University; M.S., Stanford University).
Hermano Rocha (email)
Director, Vanderbilt Executive Development Institute, Owen Graduate School of Management (M.B.A., Vanderbilt University; B.A., Chemical Engineering, Universidade Mackenzie, São Paulo, Brazil).
Miguel Palacios (email)
Assistant Professor of Finance Owen Graduate School of Management (Ph.D., University of Berkeley, California, 2009. M.A., University of Berkeley, California, 2005. Education financing, human capital and asset pricing, labor economics.
Bart Victor (email)
Cal Turner Professor of Moral Leadership (Ph.D., Business Administration, University of North Carolina, 1985. M.S., Educational Administration, Bank Street College of Education, 1979). Ethics and Social Responsibility, Communications, Organization Studies.
Peabody College of Education
Stephen P. Heyneman (email)
Professor of International Education Policy, Dept. of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Peabody College (Ph.D., University of Chicago). Has led Education Sector policy and operations for 23 years. Among the 60 countries of education policy work experience include Brazil, El Salvador, Chile, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Guatemala.
Robert T. Jiménez (email)
Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture; Department of Teaching and Learning, Peabody College (Ph.D., 1992, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Academic achievement of Latino students and their transnational language and literacy practices.
José Medina (email)
Associate Professor of Philosophy (Ph.D., Northwestern University; M.A., Northwestern University; B.A. Universidad de Sevilla, Spain). Current regional interests: Spain, Mexico, and Caribbean countries. Teaches courses on multiculturalism and theoretical research in Hispanic Philosophy.
Physics and Astronomy Faculty
Political Science Faculty
Jonathan T. Hiskey (email)
Associate Professor of Political Science, (Ph.D. 1999, University of Pittsburgh). Political economy of local development in Mexico, development implications of political transitions taking place across Latin America. Currently completing a book manuscript on the development consequences of Mexico’s recent political transition.
Efrén O. Pérez (email)
Assistant Professor of Political Science, (Ph.D. 2008, Duke University). Faculty Affiliate, Research on Individuals, Politics, & Society Lab; & Latin American Public Opinion Project. Political Psychology; Public Opinion; Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.
Mitchell A. Seligson (email)
Centennial Professor of Political Science (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh); Director, Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), Professor of Sociology (by courtesy). Democratization, Latin American politics, political economy of development, peasant politics, land tenure.
Elizabeth Zechmeister (email)
Associate Professor of Political Science and Assistant Director of LAPOP (Ph.D. Duke University). Comparative political participation and voting behavior in Mexico, Peru and throughout Latin America; the significance of “left” and “right” in Latin America; the use of experiments in political science research.
School of Divinity Faculty
Fernando F. Segovia (email)
Oberlin Graduate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity (Ph.D. Notre Dame; B.A., Pontifical College Josephinum). Latin American and Latino/a religion and theology. Postcolonial and Minority Studies.
School of Engineering Faculty
Cynthia Paschal (email)
Associate Dean, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Services; Vanderbilt University School of Engineering (Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University). MRI techniques; service-learning courses in Guatemala.
Schools of Medicine and Nursing Faculty
Carol Etherington (email)
Associate Director of Community Health Initiatives, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health; Assistant Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University Center for Health, Medicine, and Society.(M.S.N., Vanderbilt University; B.S., Catherine Spalding College.) Past President, USA Board of Doctors Without Borders.
Elizabeth Heitman (email)
Associate Professor of Medicine; Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Associate Professor of Anesthesiology(Ph.D., Rice University, 1988; B.A., Rice University, 1979). Immigrant Communities; Medical Ethics in Latin America.
Peter R. Martin (email)
Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology; Director, Addiction Center; Director, Division of Addiction Medicine; Director, Institute for Coffee Studies, Medical School (M.Sc, University of Toronto, 1975; M.D., McGill University,1975). Addictions; Coffee Studies.
Gina M. Perez (email)
Research Projects Manager, Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR), Vanderbilt University Medical Center. (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; B.S., Middle Tennessee State University). Current interests: Immigrant community in health care and clinical research, from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern European populations.
Mario A. Rojas, M.D. (email)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatology, Vanderbilt Medical School (MD – School of Medicine, Bogotá, Colombia, Juan N. Corpas). Global health research. Helped organize the first randomized, controlled multi-center studies aimed at improving the care of sick newborns in Colombia.
Alfredo Vergara (email)
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Deputy Director of the Institute for Global Health (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1993; M.Sc., University of Iowa, 1990; B.S., University of Iowa, 1986). International Health; Immigrant Communities.
Sten Vermund (email)
Director, VU Institute for Global Health; Amos Christie Chair in Global Health; Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Medicine. Medical School (M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Ph.D., Columbia University). Diseases of poverty, tropical climes and health disparities.
Ellen Wright Clayton (email)
Professor of Pediatrics; Rosalind E. Franklin Professor of Genetics and Health Policy; Professor of Law;
Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. (M.D. Harvard; J.D. Yale). Ten percent of her research is devoted to Latin America.
Daniel Cornfield (email)
Professor of Sociology (Ph.D. University of Chicago) Principal Investigator for Immigrant Community Assessment of Nashville,Tennessee commissioned by the Mayor of Nashville. Includes a study of Nashville’s large and growing community of Latin American immigrants, $350,000 grant.
Katharine M. Donato (email)
Professor of Sociology, Chair (Ph.D. 1988, SUNY–Stony Brook). International migration between Mexico and the United States, social determinants of health, immigrants in the U.S. economy, ethic and gender stratification.
Spanish and Portuguese Faculty
Francille Bergquist (email)
Assistant Professor. Associate Dean, College of Arts and Science (Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1977; M.A., Texas Tech University, 1970; B.A., Texas Tech University, 1968). Historical Romance Linguistics.
Marcio Bahia (email)
Senior Lecturer of Portuguese (Ph.D., University of Ottawa, 2010; M.A., University of Ottawa, 2004; B.A., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 2001) Portuguese Language; Film; Memory and Notions of Americanidad.
Susan Berk-Seligson (email)
Professor of Spanish Linguistics; (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1978; M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1971; B.A., Brooklyn College, 1967). Sociolinguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, language in institutional settings (particularly language and the law), language and gender.
Victoria Burrus (email)
Associate Professor of Spanish (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976; B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974). Medieval Spanish Literature.
Earl E. Fitz (email)
Professor of Portuguese, Spanish, and Comparative Literature (Ph.D., City University of New York, 1977; M.A., City University of New York, 1973; M.A., University of Iowa, 1970). Luso-Brazilian Literature; Spanish American Literature; Inter-American Literature; Comparative Literature.
Edward H. Friedman (email)
Chancellor’s Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1974; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1971; B.A., University of Viriginia, 1970). Golden Age Literature; Comparative Literature.
Chalene Helmuth (email)
Senior Lecturer. Coordinator of Spanish for True Beginners (Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1991; M.A., University of Kentucky, 1988; B.A., Asbury College, 1986). Contemporary Latin American Literature; Identity and Narrative; U.S. Latina Cultural Production; Incarceration and U.S. Immigrant Communities.
Cathy L. Jrade (email)
Chancellor’s Professor of Spanish; Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (Ph.D., Brown University, 1974; M.A., Brown University, 1971; B.A., Queens College, 1969). Latin American Poetry, Modernism. Awarded NEH Faculty Fellowship for Delmira Agustini: A Modernista on her Own Terms.
Christina Karageorgou-Bastea (email)
Assistant Professor (Ph.D., El Colegio de Mexico, 1998; M.A., El Colegio de Mexico, 1996; M.A., Universidad Veracruzana, 1994). Spanish Avant-Garde, Federico García Lorca, Twentieth Century Mexican and Latin American Poetry and Visual Arts.
William Luis (email)
Chancellor’s Professor of Spanish Editor Afro-Hispanic Review (Ph.D., Cornell University, 1980; M.A., Cornell University, 1979; M.A., University of Wisconsion, 1973). Latin American literature and Caribbean studies. The Afro-Hispanic Review is the leading interdisciplinary journal featuring issues of race in Spanish America, Prof. Luis brought it to Vanderbilt University where it will be edited and published.
Paul Miller (email)
Senior Lecturer (Ph.D., Emory University, 1999; M.A., University of Maryland, 1991; B.A., University of Maryland, 1987). Comparative Literature and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Latin American Literature (Hispanic, Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean).
Elena Olazagasti-Segovia (email)
Senior Lecturer (Postdoctoral Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal; Ph.D., University of Río Piedras, Puerto Rico; M.A., University of Río Piedras, Puerto Rico). Contemporary Latin American literature and film, twentieth century peninsular women novelists, Caribbean and Puerto Rican literature and culture. Service-learning.
Emanuelle Oliveira (email)
Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian Literature (Ph.D., University of California, 2001; M.A., University of California, 1994; B.A., Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1989). Brazilian Literature and Cinema and Afro-Brazilian Literature.
Philip D. Rasico (email)
Professor (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1981; M.A., Indiana University, 1975; B.A., Xavier University, 1974). Spanish and Romance Linguistics; Catalan Language and History; Ibero-Romance Philology
Benigno Trigo (email)
Professor of Spanish and Director of Graduate Studies. (Ph.D., Yale University, 1992; M.A., Yale University, 1988; B.A., Amherst College). Nineteenth-century Spanish American literature; literary theory; modernism, and psychoanalysis.
Andrés Zamora (email)
Associate Professor. Director of Vanderbilt-in-Spain 2009-2010 (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1992; M.A., Auburn University, 1986; B.A., Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 1984). Eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century Spanish literature and Cervantes.
Rachel Chiguluri (email)
Senior Lecturer (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2001; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1998; B.A., Connecticut College). Post War Spanish Literature; The Generation of ’98; Spanish American Fiction, especially from the Boom; World Literature.
Sarah Delassus (email)
Lecturer. Coordinator of Spanish Oral Communication through Cultural Topics 202 (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2001; M.A., University of Virginia, 1999; B.A., Albright College). Spanish Language.
Victoria Gardner (email)
Senior Lecturer. ( Ph.D., Boston College; M.A., University of Hawaii; B.A., Delta State University). Masculinity Studies, Hegemonic Masculinities in Imperial Spain. Baroque studies. Culture and Imperial Power relationship.
Clint Hendrix (email)
Senior Lecturer. Coordinator of Intermediate Spanish 104 (Ph.D., University of Kansas; M.A., Miami University, 2001; B.A., Transylvania University). Spanish American vanguardism, literary theory, travel literature, and hybridity as related to genre and gender.
Carolina Palacios (email)
Lecturer. Coordinator of Spanish for True Beginners 100 and Elementary Spanish I 101 (Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2007; B.A., Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, México, 1998). Twentieth Century Latin American Theater.
Waldir Sepulveda (email)
Senior Lecturer. Site director for the Vanderbilt Initiative for Scholarship and Global Engagement (VISAGE) (M.A., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Medellin, Colombia; B.S., Vanderbilt University, 1996).
Cynthia Wasick (email)
Director of Undergraduate Students. Senior Lecturer (M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison). Lexicographer, Spanish Language for Professions, Spanish Linguistics, Spanish Civilization an Cultural Studies.