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Fall 2020 New Faculty

New faculty Rick Sando: A better understanding of brain circuitry

New faculty Rick Sando: A better understanding of brain circuitry

New Assistant Professor of Pharmacology Rick Sando is interested in how neural circuits carry out specific functions when activated—and why these processes sometimes go awry.

New faculty Brian Broughman: Studying the legal dynamics of startups

New faculty Brian Broughman: Studying the legal dynamics of startups

New Professor of Law Brian Broughman studies the legal and financial dynamics of startup firms, from their inception through their acquisition or initial public offering.

New faculty Savanna Starko: Seeking answers to big questions

New faculty Savanna Starko: Seeking answers to big questions

Senior Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy Savanna Starko originally intended to become a high school math teacher. But when a battle with thyroid cancer disrupted her first year of college, a professor helped her see how physics might be a better fit.

New faculty Felipe Barrera-Osorio: Beyond the balance sheet

New faculty Felipe Barrera-Osorio: Beyond the balance sheet

New Vanderbilt Peabody College Associate Professor Felipe Barrera-Osorio has dedicated his research to understanding how education policies can increase human capital—the knowledge, skills and other intangible assets that add value to an organization.

New faculty Maizie Zhou: Unlocking genetic disorders through Big Data

New faculty Maizie Zhou: Unlocking genetic disorders through Big Data

Maizie Zhou, a new assistant professor of biomedical engineering, blends bioinformatics, computational genomics, neuroscience and machine-learning techniques to understand how the brain enables us to behave intelligently and how specific genomic mutations can alter that process.

New faculty Julie Barroso: Removing the stigma of HIV

New faculty Julie Barroso: Removing the stigma of HIV

Julie Barroso, a new professor at the School of Nursing, has made the care of people living with HIV the focus of her research career.

New faculty Kelly Slay: Access and equity for the underserved

New faculty Kelly Slay: Access and equity for the underserved

New Peabody College assistant professor Kelly Slay's experiences as a college readiness coach for Chicago public high school students serve as the foundation for her scholarship focused on issues of race, access, diversity and equity in higher education.

New faculty Raheleh Filsoofi: A bridge between cultures

New faculty Raheleh Filsoofi: A bridge between cultures

Raheleh Filsoofi, a new assistant professor in the Department of Art, draws on her childhood in Iran and the U.S. immigration experience as themes in her work.

Michael Eric Dyson, distinguished scholar of race and religion, to join Vanderbilt faculty next year

Michael Eric Dyson, distinguished scholar of race and religion, to join Vanderbilt faculty next year

Michael Eric Dyson, a globally renowned scholar of race, religion and contemporary culture, will join Vanderbilt as Centennial Chair and University Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies in the College of Arts and Science and University Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society in the Divinity School on Jan. 1, 2021.

New faculty Shatema Threadcraft: Political bodies

New faculty Shatema Threadcraft: Political bodies

Shatema Threadcraft, whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of race and gender, will join the departments of Gender and Sexuality and Political Science in the College of Arts and Science as associate professor in January 2021.

New faculty Major Jackson: Community through poetry

New faculty Major Jackson: Community through poetry

Major Jackson, an accomplished poet and essayist, will join the Vanderbilt faculty as Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English in January 2021 after 18 years in the Department of English at the University of Vermont.

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