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CRA Faculty

Most of the core and affiliated faculty in the program have a background in applied psychological research (community, clinical, social), however, core faculty members include a sociologist and affiliated faculty span a wide variety of disciplines. All core and affiliated faculty are engaged in a variety of interdisciplinary teaching and professional activities. Faculty members are actively involved with many different interdisciplinary professional organizations (e.g., Society for Community Research and Action, Community Development Society, American Evaluation Association, Environmental Design Research Association, Urban Affairs Association), and publish in, and have done editorial work for, scholarly journals that attract authors and readers from a wide variety of disciplines. Courses, theses, research and consulting projects by faculty and students involve work that is practical and inherently interdisciplinary with local (primarily urban) public and private agencies.

Core Faculty

Sandra Barnes
Professor, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Kimberly Bess
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Ashley Carse
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
David Diehl
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Andrew Finch
Associate Professor of the Practice, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Anjali Forber-Pratt
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Velma McBride Murry
Professor & Betts Chair, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Professor, Specialty in Poverty and Intervention
Maury Nation
Associate Professor, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Carol Nixon
Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Douglas Perkins
Professor, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Sara Safransky
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Beth Shinn
Professor, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Paul W. Speer
Professor and Chair, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Sarah V. Suiter
Assistant Professor of the Practice, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Emily Tanner-Smith
Associate Research Professor, Peabody Research Institute
Associate Research Professor, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development

Affiliated Faculty

Brooke Ackerly, Associate Professor of Philosophy in Political Science. Her research interests include democratic theory, feminist methodologies, human rights, social and environmental justice. She integrates into her theoretical work empirical research on activism.

Kathy Anderson, Professor of Economics. Her interests are economics: labor and economic development.

Bruce Barry, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr., Professor of Management and Professor of Sociology. His research interests are Social issues in management, workplace rights and power, business ethics, procedural justice, conflict and negotiation, social effects of technology and new media.

Daniel Cornfield , Professor of Sociology and Editor, Work and Occupations. His areas of interest are sociology of work, labor sociology, economy and society, political sociology, labor movements, immigration, Civil Rights Movement, artistic careers & communities.

Ted Fischer, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is also the founder of Maní+. His research combines cultural anthropology and political economy with a geographical focus on highland Guatemala and Germany. His ongoing fieldwork is centered in the Kaqchikel town of Tecpán and he has also worked extensively with the leaders of Guatemala's pan-Maya movement. His most recent research looked at consumer behavior, labor relations, and moral models in Germany.

Gina Frieden, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Department of Human & Organizational Development. Her teaching and research interests are in adult development, life transitions and counselor training.

Brian Griffith, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Human & Organizational Development. His teaching and research interests are in human development counseling, and character development.

Mark Lipsey's Research Professor, Department of Human & Organizational Development and Director, Peabody Research Institute. His professional interests are in the areas of public policy, program evaluation research, social intervention, field research methodology, and research synthesis (meta-analysis). His recent research interests have been in the areas of risk and intervention for juvenile delinquency and substance use, early childhood education programs, and issues of methodological quality in program evaluation research. He is the Director of the Vanderbilt .

Richard Lloyd, Associate Professor of Sociology. His teaching and research interests are in urban sociology, sociology of culture, social theory, sociology of art, work and occupations, social change, and political sociology.

Holly McCammon's Professor of Sociology and Editor, American Sociological Review, 2010-2015. Her teaching and research interests are in social movements, women's legal rights, historical sociology, and political sociology.

Sharon Shields Professor of the Practice, Department of Human & Organizational Development and Associate Dean for Professional Education, Office of the Dean. Her interests focus on community health and human issues. Sharon teaches courses that move students into strong university/campus service-learning partnerships that foster movement toward civic engagement and active citizenship. Sharon has worked on various national curriculums, has published articles related to service-learning teaching, and has been deeply engaged in the Community Outreach Partnership Center Grant at VIPPS. Currently, Sharon is the President of the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport and in that capacity has begun a national community organizing initiative directed at Title IX advocacy.

Heather L. Smith, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Department of Human & Organizational Development. Her interests are mental health counseling and advocacy, intersections of mental health and nutrition focusing on prevention and wellness, group work, and professional counselor training.

Melissa Snarr, Associate Professor of Ethics and Society, Graduate Department of Religion, Divinity School. Her interests are intersection of religion, social change and social/political ethics.