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Elizabeth Lanphier

Doctoral Student, Department of Philosophy

What is “Home”?

Elizabeth is exploring how the Nashville community understands the idea of home. She will record interviews with members of various Nashville-based populations, and then code and analyze these conversations to form a collaborative, community-informed concept of home. This research could then be used to inform local public policy as Nashville addresses the rapid changes our communities are undergoing (including an influx of inhabitants, rising housing prices, and the welcoming of refugee communities), and allow Nashville to contribute to national questions of displacement, immigration and hospitality.

Elizabeth is a PhD candidate in philosophy focusing on social and political philosophy, with particular interests in global ethics and medical ethics. Prior to arriving at Vanderbilt, Elizabeth spent a decade working in international health and humanitarian aid organizations and obtained a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in Narrative Medicine.