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Faculty Director

Marshall Eakin


Marshall Eakin is a historian of Latin America specializing in the history of Brazil.  Although his work spans all of Brazilian history, his major publications have concentrated on the processes of nationalism and nation-building, economic and business history, and industrialization—primarily in the twentieth century.  His first book, British Enterprise in Brazil:  The St. John d’el Rey Mining Company and the Morro Velho Gold Mine, 1830-1960 (Duke, 1989), traces the history of the most successful foreign enterprise in 19th- and 20th-century Brazil.   Tropical Capitalism:  The Industrialization of Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Palgrave, 2001) examines the industrialization of the second-largest industrial center in Brazil. 

Much of his work addresses audiences beyond the academy.  This work includes Brazil:  The Once and Future Country (St. Martin’s, 1997), a one-volume introduction to Brazil for beginners and two video courses with the Great Courses, The Conquest of the Americas and The Americas in a Revolutionary Era.  His more recent book is The History of Latin America:  Collision of Cultures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Eakin has taught a wide variety of courses in history and Latin American studies at all levels from freshmen to Ph.D. students.  These include Colonial and Modern Latin America, Brazilian Civilization, Visions of Amazonia, Reform and Revolution in Latin America, and the History Workshop.  On several occasions he has offered courses for the Vanderbilt Osher Lifelong Learning Program.  He has team taught courses with faculty in Engineering, Divinity, and Peabody College.  Over the past fifteen years he has been deeply involved in service-learning courses and programs.

Eakin became the Faculty Director of the Ingram Scholarship Program in July 2009.  During the 2014-2015 academic year he is on research leave to complete his latest book project, “One People, One Nation:  Brazilian Identity in the Twentieth Century”, with a likely publication in late 2015.

Marshall Eakin has taught at Vanderbilt since 1983. 

The Ingram Scholarship Faculty Director serves as the spokesperson for the Ingram Scholarship Program, acting as a liaison between Vanderbilt administrators and members of the Ingram family directly involved with the program. He also oversees all aspects of the scholarship. The Faculty Director monitors each Scholar's fulfillment of the program requirements and works with Ingram Scholar Advisors and faculty in the development of various Ingram seminars and workshops. The Faculty Director is also directly involved in the selection of new Ingram Scholars. Finally, he regularly evaluates the program and implements changes consistent with the original intent of the program.

Founding Director

Ann Neely served as the Faculty Director for the Ingram Scholarship Program from 1994 - 2009. She is an Associate Professor of Education.

Before coming to Vanderbilt, Ann earned her B.S. and M.Ed. in elementary education at Auburn University. She then completed her Ed.D. at the University of Georgia.

Professor Neely has been a member of the Department of Teaching and Learning since 1985. From 1991-1996, Ann served as Assistant Provost and Director of Academic Affairs in Athletics. From 1987-1991, Ann served as Peabody College's Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Her research and scholarly interests are focused on children's literature, language and literacy, and elementary teacher education.

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Key Dates

  • 01/01/2017
  • Ingram Scholarship Program (High School Seniors) applications and letters of recommendation due.

  • 02/01/2017
  • Ingram Scholarship Program (Current Vanderbilt First-Year & Sophomore Students) applications and letters of recommendation due.