The Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab (“the Policy Lab”) connects researchers, students, and community members who are interested in the causes and consequences of LGBTQ+ policies. Our team draws on expertise from economics, sociology, political science, demography, religious studies, divinity studies, medicine, health services research, public health, law and education to advance understandings of how social and policy contexts impact the lives of LGBTQIA+ people.
- Our research has been supported by over $3 million in external funding, published in the Harvard Law Review and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and covered by NBC News, The Atlantic, and The Cut.
- We offer educational and training opportunities including courses, student research opportunities, and post-doctoral fellowships.
- We collaborate with campus partners and community organization to deliver programming such as guest speakers, film screenings, and conversations with elected officials.
- We host a national conference which focuses on timely LGBTQ+ policies.
The LGBTQ+ Policy Lab is located at:
341 Buttrick Hall
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235
For media, questions, or additional information, please contact Prof. Christopher “Kitt” Carpenter, PhD, Director of the Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our logo was designed by Navya Thakkar (’22 Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Studio Art double major from Mumbai, India) as part of Dr. Kendra Oliver’s ArtLab. The logo plays on several LGBTQ+ themes, including the use of multiple colors and the incorporation of the forward pointing triangle as in the trans-inclusive pride flag. We chose the colorblind-friendly Viridis palette to be inclusive, and we intended the overlapping triangles to indicate forward movement.