Master of Liberal Arts & Science

MLAS Faculty

All MLAS courses are taught by current Vanderbilt faculty members and, on occasion, emeritus faculty. All instructors are selected for their recognized abilities as teachers and their special interest in MLAS students and the MLAS program. By any measure, be it their publications, teaching awards, community involvement, academic background, and scholarly honors, Vanderbilt’s faculty is one of the most distinguished in the nation. Above all their many honors and acclaim, they are committed and eager to share their knowledge with the remarkable students in this program. They too are energetic and enthusiastic lifelong learners who value the MLAS experience.

Here are just a few of the acclaimed professors who have recently taught in the program:

John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy
“Ethical Issues in Everyday Life ”
“Optimism and Pessimism ”
“Medical Ethics ”

Anthony Forster, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
“Frontiers of Bioscience"

Joy Calico, Associate Professor of Musicology
“The Opera”

Robin Jensen, Luce Chancellor's Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship
“Building for Worship: Form and Function of Religious Architecture”
“Picturing the Bible: Visual Scriptures in Jewish and Christian Art”

Mark Jarman, Professor of English
“The Poetry of Frost and Stevens”

Ljubica Popovich, Professor Emerita of Art History
“Manuscripts from Late Antiquity through the Gothic Period”

Gregory Barz, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology
“Music and Global Health”

Leah Marcus, Mims Professor of English
“In Search of Gandhi”

Joel Harrington, Professor of History
“The Historical Faces of Jesus”

David Weintraub, Professor of Astronomy
“Theories of the Universe”

Andrés Zamora, Associate Professor of Spanish
“Representations of Women, Images of the Nation: The Case of Spanish Cinema ”

Phillip Franck , Associate Professor of Theatre
“The Story in Pictures: Visual Design in Film”
“Setting the Stage: Design for the Theatre”

Michael Hodges, Professor of Philosophy
“Religion and Values in the Philosophical Tradition”
“Ethics in Literature”
“Philosophy and Literature: A Dialogue”
“Concepts of God”

Jeremy Atack, Professor of Economics
“American Economic History”
“American Economic Growth and Development”

Frank Robinson , Associate Professor of History
“History of the Caribbean”
“Crossroads of the World: The Panama Canal”

Marshall Eakin, Professor of History
“Visions of Amazonia”

Konstantin Kustanovich , Professor of Slavic Languages
“Twentieth Century Russian Prose”
“Russian Cinema”

Barbara Tsakrigis, Associate Professor of Classics
“Sport and Spectacle in the Classical Era”
“The Golden Age of Augustus”

Edward Friedman, Chancellor's Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
Don Quioxte and the Development of the Novel”
“Mirrors on the Stage: U.S. Drama, U.S. Culture”

Michael Aurbach, Professor of Art
“Drawing and Composition: From Concept to Artifact”
“Found and Fabricated: Sculpture”

Richard Blackett, Jackson Professor of History
“History and Biography”
“American Slavery and Slave Resistance”

Leonard Folgarait, Professor of the History of Art
“Art and Politics”
“Modern Architecture”

Roy Gottfried, Professor of English
“James Joyce and the Best Novel of the 20th Century”

Malcolm Getz, Associate Professor of Economics
“Urban Growth and Public Policy”

Michael Kreyling, Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of English
“American Experience in the Crime Novel”
“Southern Literature”

Kate Daniels, Associate Professor of English
“Why Write? Perspectives on Literary Creativity”
“Poetry Workshop”

Thomas Schwartz, Professor of History
“America and the Vietnam War”

James Lovenheimer, Assistant Professor of Musicology
“Twentieth Century American Musicals in Context”

Cecelia Tichi, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English
“Gilded Age Chicago: White City, Hog Butcher, Seat of Empire”
“Idealist and Savage Realists: The American Novel of the Early Twentieth Century”

Holly Tucker, Associate Professor of French
“Early Medicine and Culture: From Aristotle to the Enlightenment”

Robert Talisse, Professor of Philosophy
“Socrates, Plato, and the Good Life”
“Liberty, Authority, and Justice”

Charles Scott, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
“Human Existence, Faith, and the Question of Ethics”
“Society, Power, and the Individual”

Lorraine López, Associate Professor of English
“Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop”


Barbara Tsakirgis
Barbara Tsakirgis
Assoc Prof Classics & Art History
“With their long lives of experience, my students in the MLAS program have brought insight that twenty year olds have simply not yet acquired.” » More Testimonials