Prior to joining the staff at Vanderbilt University, Barbara Sidwell served for five years as executive aide to the departments of Speech & Theatre and Computer Information Systems at Middle Tennessee State University. She also has experience in the fields of paralegal studies and legislative research. Volunteer work has included mentorship to undergraduate students, MTSU’s American Democracy Project, the Rutherford County Election Commission and current membership to the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Barbara holds a B.S. in Political Science from Middle Tennessee State University. Research interests include political behavior, public policy, international relations, globalization, and cultural anthropology.