WELCOME TO MHS!
Gilbert Gonzales, PhD, MHA, is currently an Assistant Professor of Health Policy at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He will join MHS as an Assistant Professor of MHS and Public Policy Studies in August. His research examines how federal and state-level policies affect health and access to medical care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) populations. Dr. Gonzales teaches health policy courses (including a recent Maymester to Cuba) for undergraduate students, and he mentors undergraduate and graduate students interested in health disparities research. Dr. Gonzales completed his Ph.D. in Health Policy at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, a Master of Health Administration from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Biology from Baylor University.
Caroline Randall Williams
Caroline Randall Williams, MFA, is MHS’s newly appointed Writer-In-Residence. Named by Southern Living as “One of the 50 People changing the South,” the Cave Canem fellow has been published and featured in multiple journals, essay collections and news outlets, including The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, CherryBombe, and the New York Times. As a poet, essayist and cookbook author, she works to create texts and raise questions that examine how the lived-in body both inspires and becomes its own text in the world. From blues poetry to the reexamination of soul food in the name of social justice, her multi-genre writing practice invites students both on and off the MHS track to explore ways to analyze the body and the human condition outside of the context of making a diagnosis, and to claim agency in how we shape and articulate our physical and emotional narratives.Professor Williams received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Mississippi after completing her undergraduate English studies at Harvard University.
Danielle Picard, PhD, will join MHS as a Senior Lecturer. Her research examines how the development of the human sciences intersected with public policy initiatives to improve workplace conditions and labor relations. Her current book project, Resisting Robots: Workers, Scientists, and the Making of the Human Factor, explores how research institutions worked in concert with policymakers and disability advocacy groups to shape and control the human body at work. She has taught courses on the history of eugenics, artificial intelligence, and human enhancement technologies. She has won teaching awards from the College of Arts and Sciences at Vanderbilt University and the University of Rochester. She received her Ph.D. in History from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in History from the University of Rochester, and a B.A. in History and Psychology from Rollins College.
Brittany Zenge, will join MHS as Administrative Assistant II. She comes all the way from Jacksonville, Illinois where she worked as an Executive Assistant for Ware Brands, Inc. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Monmouth College, majoring in History and Classical Studies. Shortly after graduating, Brittany moved to Petersburg, Alaska where she became the Director of the Clausen Memorial Museum. She is a recent Nashville Transplant, and is very excited to start this new chapter at Vanderbilt.