Sports & Society Committee


The committee is tasked with connecting those with established expertise and interest in the area of sports and society and helping further develop a community of scholars at Vanderbilt by proposing a set of events and activities. Potential events may include a kick-off planning session, a Vanderbilt community event and/or an end of year symposium featuring awardee projects. The committee will also review micro-grant applications – identifying proposals that align with the funding program’s goals and priorities.

Committee Members 2019-2020:

  • Christin Essin (Chair), Associate Professor of Theatre
  • Karl Hackenbrack, Associate Professor of Management
  • John Koch, Senior Lecturer of Communication Studies
  • Lutz Koepnick, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair of German
  • Rosevelt Noble, Assistant Dean of Residential Colleges; Director of the Bishop Johnson Black Cultural Center; Senior Lecturer of Sociology
  • Alice Randall, Writer in Residence in African American and Diaspora Studies
  • Sharon Shields, Professor of the Practice of Education and Human Development
  • Gabriel Torres Colón, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Gilman Whiting, Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies