Vanderbilt LGBTQ Policy Lab


Type: Vanderbilt Reinvestment Award (VRA)

The Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab connects faculty, students, staff and community members who share interests on the correlates, causes and consequences of LGBT public policies. The Policy Lab team is comprised of economists, sociologists, religious studies scholars, political scientists, public health and health care researchers, legal scholars and education researchers whose scholarship addresses the role of social and policy context in the lives of LGBTQI people. Research from The Lab has been published in the Harvard Law Review and JAMA, covered by NBC News and awarded over $3 million in external funding. They offer highly rated courses, student/faculty research collaboration opportunities and immersion tracks. The team works with campus partners (e.g., the Office of LGBTQI Life and the Program for LGBTQ Health) and community organizations (e.g., the Tennessee Equality Project) to deliver innovative programming on LGBT policy topics through events such as guest speakers, film screenings, conversations with elected officials and national conferences related to LGBT policies.

Faculty Participants

Lead Faculty in bold

College of Arts & Science

School of Medicine (Clinical)

Law School

Divinity School

  • Ellen Armour, E. Rhodes and Leona B Carpenter Associate Professor of Feminist Theology.
  • Stephanie Budwey, Assistant Professor in the History and Practice of Christian Worship and the Arts.

Peabody College

  • Matthew Shaw, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education.
  • Luis Leyva, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education.