Emory College
of Arts & Sciences
Retiring Faculty

2019-2020 Academic Year

Emory Gate

At the end of every academic year, we have the opportunity to celebrate our collective endeavor — the work that we do as scholars, teachers, citizens — by recognizing the members of our faculty who are retiring.  I am always so moved by the occasion, which reminds us of the extraordinary dedication and camaraderie of the Emory faculty.

Our pandemic moment prevents us from gathering this year — a situation that is all the more terrible because of the extraordinary lives of this group of retiring faculty. 

These are colleagues who have made the Emory that we enjoy today, even when we cannot be on campus, possible.  They continue to teach me, to inspire me, and push me.  They have been tireless pedagogues, painstaking researchers, and true friends.

I invite you to spend some time honoring these colleagues by reading just a little about them.  And then I ask you to consider dropping one or two — or more! — of them a note to thank them for the generous spirit with which they have contributed to this academic community.  Our physical distance from one another reminds us how fortunate we have been to walk the Emory campus with them.


Michael A. Elliott
Dean, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Dean Michael Elliott

Dean Michael A. Elliott

Dean Michael A. Elliott

Cox tower

Amy Aidman, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies

Amy Aidman

Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies

Professor Aidman received a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Florida, M.A. in Telecommunication Arts from the University of Michigan, and PhD in Communications Research from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

She began her career in the broadcasting and film industry and later held positions in non-profit organizations before becoming a university educator and administrator. She served as Associate Dean of the College of Media at University of Illinois, and came to Emory in 2008 as a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life. 

Professor Aidman joined the faculty of the Department of Film and Media Studies in 2010. She was instrumental in creating the Media Studies degrees and served as Director of Undergraduate Studies for Media Studies. She served as Interim Department Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies in 2014-2015. 

Her research focuses on media and children, youth, and families; critical media literacy; cultural and political aspects of electronic screen media; prosocial potential of electronic screen media; and cross-cultural and global issues in communications research. Professor Aidman has strengthened Emory’s community connection by partnering with Kids Video Connection, an Atlanta non-profit, focusing on teaching video production and media literacy to youth.

“We, as leaders in education, seek, generate and communicate evidence and model critical interpretation in our roles as teachers, mentors and researchers. During crises, such as Covid-19, using the most reliable information, we strive to imagine paths forward via an ongoing conversation that builds on disciplined inquiry. 

This imagining is a process that can guide, uplift and inspire not only our students and ourselves but can potentially ripple out to wider circles.  Our training and practices encourage flexibility of thinking and a disposition to open-mindedness. These qualities of mind ground the hope and aspiration necessary to support the work of creating a healthier and more just world for coming generations.”

—Amy Aidman

Jocelyne Bachevalier, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology

Jocelyne Bachevalier

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology

Professor Bachevalier received her first PhD from the University of Paris in 1975 and her second PhD from the University of Montreal in 1981. She was appointed to the Emory faculty in 2004 as Professor of Psychology and Core Scientist at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. 

Professor Bachevalier investigates the neural substrates underlying the development of learning and memory functions and the regulation of socioemotional behaviors in non-human primates. Professor Bachevalier was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was awarded the Karen Gale Memorial Lectureship for Outstanding Women in Neuroscience.

“We are going through very difficult times, but through the many excellent years I have spent at Emory, I learned that the Emory community is very strong and that we will join together to recover and strive again.”

—Jocelyne Bachevalier

Peggy Barlett, Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology

Peggy Barlett

Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology

Professor Barlett received her PhD from Columbia University in 1975. She was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1976 as Assistant Professor and worked with colleagues to create a new Department of Anthropology. 

Professor Barlett’s research focused on agricultural development and the political economy of rural change as well as sustainability in higher education and strategies to galvanize changes in curriculum, in food service procurement, and in broader cultural change. Professor Barlett received the Thomas Jefferson Award in recognition of her work that significantly enriched the intellectual and civic life of the Emory community.

“For me, leaving behind the Emory community and our excellent students is difficult, but I appreciate the many ways Emory is a stronger and more vibrant place than it was in 1976. We have weathered big changes before, and I take comfort in remembering that this form of education has survived since the Middle Ages.

As this pandemic unfolds with so many unknowns, I trust that students, faculty, staff, and administration will pull together to preserve the best aspects of our university and the experiences it offers. I also hope it can be a moment in which creative and resilient thinking can take into account ways in which we can be more just and equitable, more environmentally conscious, and more warmly connected as the future unfolds. Thank you, colleagues, for the good friendships and long years of collaboration.”

—Peggy Barlett

Emory Quad

Lynn Wood Bertrand, Associate Professor of Music

Lynn Wood Bertrand

Associate Professor of Music

Professor Bertrand received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in 1978. She was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1979 as Assistant Professor of Music and was appointed Chair of the Department of Music in 1985, a position she held for 13 years. As an administrator she saw the department grow from three faculty positions to 16, the number of majors in music increase ten-fold, and oversaw the foundation of the Friends of Music organization. 

She wrote the curricula for the Master of Music and Master of Sacred Music program in music and held the position of Director of Graduate Studies in Music for 20 years. As an official evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music she trained new evaluators and gave keynote addresses on the place of music in the liberal arts curriculum.

Professor Bertrand’s research has focused on late-16th century Neapolitan madrigal literature, specifically the contemporaries of Don Carlo Gesualdo; early Georgian (Soviet) polyphony in the hymns of St. Michael Modrikeli and its relationship to the folk traditions of Georgia; contemporary settings of the Passion story; and topics related to women, music, and culture. Professor Bertrand calls herself an “institution person.” By this she means that the vast majority of her work at Emory was aimed at forwarding the mission and goals of the University, Emory College, and the Department of Music. She is most proud of the fine and highly talented faculty of music she has helped to assemble and the success of the students she has guided.

“I would like to offer some words of encouragement during this difficult time. Emory has weathered other times as traumatic but please remember that we are lucky to still have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students and fellow faculty members. Above all, be kind to each other and give assistance unselfishly when asked – this will be remembered long after our journal articles have been recycled or disregarded.”

—Lynn Wood Bertrand

Rong Cai, Associate Professor of Chinese

Rong Cai

Associate Professor of Chinese

Professor Cai received her PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995. She was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1999 as Assistant Professor of Chinese.

Professor Cai’s research focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese literature, culture, and society in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a more specific research emphasis on the post-Tian’anmen era in mainland China (1989-present). Professor Cai was instrumental in establishing the Chinese major and securing the grant that brought the Confucius Institute in Atlanta to Emory University to support China Studies at Emory.

“We have each other. We will get through the Covid-19 pandemic together.”

—Rong Cai

 Tara Nancy Doyle, Senior Lecturer in Religion and Director of Tibetan Studies Program in India

Tara Nancy Doyle

Senior Lecturer in Religion and Director of Tibetan Studies Program in India

Professor Doyle received her PhD in South Asian Religions from Harvard University in 1998. She began her Emory career in 1997 teaching classes in the Asian Studies Program and designing and leading study abroad programs through the Center for International Programs Abroad. Professor Doyle joined the faculty of the Department of Religion as Lecturer in 1998 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2005.

In 2001, she co-founded Emory’s Tibetan Studies Program in Dharamsala, India, and directed that program until 2016. She has been teaching Buddhism courses at Candler School of Theology since 2013, and will continue to do so after her retirement. Professor Doyle’s research focuses on contemporary Buddhist Movements, including Buddhism in America, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Beat Poets and Buddhism, Tibetan Freedom Struggles, Buddhism and Politics in South Asia, and the global reach of the Dalai Lama’s work. She has also organized numerous Tibetan performing arts events and film festivals on campus. Professor Doyle received a Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Lecture Class Education.

“In this challenging time, when millions of people across the globe are suffering from COVID-19, I want to send love and encouragement to all our colleagues, students, and staff members. This terrible crisis has surely shown how interdependent we are, and underscores the need for each of us to take responsibility for the well-being of others, wherever we can.

My hope is that my time at Emory has, in some small measure, contributed to this understanding and motivation; it certainly has nourished and deepened them in me. You all have truly become my beloved community, and I will always be grateful for the 23 years I spent with you.”

—Tara Nancy Doyle

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Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Professor of English

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Professor of English

Professor Garland-Thomson received her PhD from Brandeis University in 1993. She was appointed to the Emory faculty in 2002 as Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and joined the Department of English in 2014. She will complete her Master of Arts in Bioethics degree in August 2020. Professor Garland-Thomson is one of the founders and continuing leaders of critical disability studies and more recently of disability bioethics.

Jim Grimsley, Professor of Practice in Creative Writing

Jim Grimsley

Professor of Practice in Creative Writing

Professor Grimsley received his BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978.  He was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1999 as Senior Writer in Residence. Professor Grimsley is a master of fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, and drama.

Professor Grimsley received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Mary Frances Hobson Prize for Achievement in Arts and Letters, the Lambda Literary Award, the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Georgia Author of the Year Award, the George Oppenheimer/Newsday Playwriting Award, and the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Writers Award.

“I am sorry to leave the University at a time of such strife and turmoil, but I know the Emory community will grow out of this hardship into a new strength and vision. We have the kind of community that matters and that will endure. I have been honored to be part of it.”

—Jim Grimsley

Michael D. Harris, Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of African American Studies

Michael D. Harris

Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of African American Studies

Professor Harris received his PhD from Yale University in 1996. He was appointed to the Emory faculty in 2007 as Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of African American Studies. Prior to teaching at Emory, Professor Harris taught full-time or as an adjunct at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, Wellesley College, Spelman College, and Morehouse College and as a visiting professor at Dillard University in New Orleans. 

He has had poetry published in Black World and Callaloo and has exhibited art works in New York, Haiti, Martinique, France, Scandinavia, and all over the United States. His work has been seen alongside that of Benny Andrews, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Jeff Donaldson, Renee Stout, David Driskell, Nelson Stevens, Henry O. Tanner, and many other great African-American artists. It has been reproduced in books and catalogs, and has resided in airports, museums, university collections, and in private collections. 

Professor Harris has curated exhibitions, first as Gallery Director of the Neighborhood Arts Center in Atlanta, five years at the High Museum of Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and for nine years at the Harvey B. Gantt Center of African American Culture in Charlotte. 

Professor Harris’s first scholarly book, Colored Pictures: Race and Visual Representation, won two national awards and was one of the first dealing with African American art that was not a survey or monograph, but focused upon theoretical and social aspects of visual culture. His first major publication credit, co-curator of Astonishment and Power: Kongo Minkisi and the Art of Renee Stout, (Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993), was groundbreaking in exploring the relationship between African Art and contemporary Western expression. 

Professor Harris was one of the authors of the first textbook on African Art, A History of Art in Africa (Harry Abrams, Inc. 2000), and wrote the chapter about the African diaspora. Professor Harris has served on the advisory boards of the two major magazines in his fields, African Arts (UCLA), and The International Review of African American Art (Hampton University), and served as Treasurer for Board of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA). 

“This season of crisis has denied many of us the rituals of transformation and commencement. Personally I have been cut off from experiencing this last dance with my students and as well as rituals of moving to another phase in personal and professional life.

However, there is an opportunity for those who will return to Emory to reimagine and to build a future at Emory and in the nation which is even more aware of the needs of humanity, the agency of creative expression and innovative scholarship, and to build upon the lessons of the past. Ideas of division between us can be minimized after this lesson of interdependency and the shared work we all face. You own the future.”

—Michael D. Harris

Sanford S. Atwood Chemistry Center

Robert Jensen, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Robert Jensen

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Professor Jensen received his EdD from the University of Georgia in 1984. He was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1984 as Assistant Professor of Educational Studies. Professor Jensen’s research was informed by the 12 years he taught middle and high school students, and is broadly in the area of the teaching and learning of mathematics with a particular emphasis on non-routine problems. Professor Jensen received one of the most prestigious honors granted to Emory College faculty, the George P. Cuttino Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

“I’ll keep my advice brief: ‘Be here now.’ I originally read this mantra as a book title in the late 60’s.  Reflecting on its meaning has positively influenced my life and it still strikes me as appropriate advice to live by.”

—Robert Jensen

Marianne K. Lancaster, Senior Lecturer in German Studies

Marianne K. Lancaster

Senior Lecturer in German Studies

Professor Lancaster joined Emory University in 1991 as a part-time lecturer in the Department of German Studies. Prior to this, she received an MA from Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg in 1984, followed by two additional years of pedagogical training in Germany; she was granted tenure by the state of Bavaria in 1991. After moving to the United States, she taught courses at Agnes Scott College and Oglethorpe University in addition to those at Emory.

Hired full-time on Emory’s lecture track in 2000 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007, she served for 19 years as the Department of German Studies’ First-Year Coordinator and frequently directed its Summer Study Abroad Program in Vienna. Throughout her career at Emory, Professor Lancaster regularly taught first- and second-year German classes (being one of the first of Emory’s foreign language instructors to design her own interactive website for Beginning German); “Business German” (having developed this offering as a two-semester course for third-year students); and various courses in the Vienna Program. She also occasionally taught “Reading German for Academic Purposes” as a summer graduate course, a Freshman Seminar, and “Language across the Curriculum” courses in coordination with other departments.

As part of frequent service to broader learning communities, Professor Lancaster gained certification as a tester for the German Business Diploma (WPD) and as an evaluator in the southeastern United States for the Certificate for German Business (ZDfB).

Professor Lancaster received several accolades over her career at Emory: the Foreign Language Teacher of Excellence Award in 2008 from the Emory College Language Center; an ECLC Curriculum Development Fellowship in 2010; and the 2013 Stephen A Freeman Award for “Best Published Article” from the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for “Overcoming curricular bifurcation: A departmental approach to curriculum reform,” coauthored with four of her departmental colleagues and published in Die Unterrichtspraxis. The last of these led, in part, to the Department of German Studies’ receipt of a national award of excellence.

“Since joining Emory in 1991, I have witnessed Emory go through many “ups and downs.” Besides all the many good moments, the singular worst experience for me personally was on September 11, 2001. As disaster struck, I was in the classroom teaching. What I remember the most is that this left me with the task of announcing to my students, some of whom were from New York, what had just transpired. I tried to help my students and advisees—then and later—as best I could.  Our confidence and sense of security were shaken fundamentally but, over time, we learned to adapt to this new world.

Now, during the current pandemic, we are confronted with a new enemy, one invisibly endangering even more people. Unfortunately, we are again struggling to adjust emotionally, to hold on to our traditions and way of life, and to move forward.  My greatest hope is that we, again, adapt well to these new necessities and grow even stronger—personally and as a community—despite and because of them.”

—Marianne K. Lancaster

Anna Leo, Associate Professor of Dance

Anna Leo

Associate Professor of Dance

Professor Leo received her MFA from The Ohio State University in 1992. She was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1993 as Assistant Professor of Dance. Professor Leo’s primary research was in choreography, and she also investigated the intersection between yoga practice and dance technique.

Professor Leo received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Emory College Center for Teaching and Curriculum and a Center for Creativity and Arts Faculty Award.

“Emory provided a fertile climate in which I could reinvent and rediscover myself time and time again. I look forward to watching the continued growth of the Dance Program and wish all of my friends and colleagues in the university continued success.”

—Anna Leo

Schwartz Center for Preforming Arts

Patricia Marsteller, Professor of Practice in Biology and Associate Dean

Patricia Marsteller

Professor of Practice in Biology and Associate Dean

Professor Marsteller received her PhD from the University of Florida in 1985. She was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1990 as Senior Lecturer in Biology and Director of HHMI Initiatives. Professor Marsteller directed the Emory College Center for Science Education from 1997- 2016.  Her academic work includes promoting access, interest and participation in science careers. She has focused on improving science literacy and providing hands-on research for undergraduates and curriculum development experiences for graduate students and faculty. 

Professor Marsteller has developed programs that focus on attracting and retaining underrepresented students, women and minorities in careers in science. She initiated the Summer Undergraduate Research at Emory (SURE) program in 1990 and the Hughes Undergraduates Excelling in Science (HUES) program in 1995.  She is currently working with the Emory IMSD grant and with several case-based learning consortia.

Professor Marsteller has a national reputation for faculty development and diversity work. She is currently Chair of the AAAS section on education and one of the members of the Committee on Science & Technology Engagement with the Public (CoSTEP). This AAAS board- appointed committee supports AAAS’ mission to “advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.” The committee’s work aims to support such AAAS strategic goals as enhancing communication among scientists, engineers and the public; providing a voice for science on societal issues; and increasing public engagement with science and technology. She is co-chair of the Diversity Inclusion Equity and social justice working group of the Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN). 

Professor Marsteller received the George P. Cuttino Award for Excellence in Mentoring, the Delores P. Aldridge Multicultural Award for Mentoring, and the Partners in Education Award for community service. Professor Marsteller plans to continue her work with BioQUEST and AAAS. She plans to remain involved in Diversity, Inclusion and Equity programs and faculty development. 

“I am proud of Emory faculty, staff, students and administration for their efforts to find ways to help each other in these difficult times of Covid! In my 30 years at Emory I have been inspired by the creativity and innovation of Emory students, postdocs, faculty and staff. Emory has become a more just and equitable place because of all the enthusiastic community members.

My fondest hope is that the Emory community continues to create and sustain knowledge and continues to lead the Atlanta community and the world to become more sustainable, more equitable and more just. I want you to remember my e-signature: ‘Anything can be attained if you care more than others think is wise; risk more than others think is safe; dream more than others think is practical and expect more than others think is possible.’-anon”

—Patricia Marsteller

Michael Moon, Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Michael Moon

Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Professor Moon received his PhD from The Johns Hopkins University in 1988. He was appointed to the Emory faculty in 2006 as Professor of American Studies. He served as Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from 2013 to 2020. 

Professor Moon’s research focuses on integrating scholarship on American literature and culture with the emergent fields of LGBTQ Studies and Queer Theory. He is the author of books on the body in Walt Whitman's poetry, queer culture in the United States from Henry James to Andy Warhol, a study of the work of self-taught artist Henry Darger, and a book about Pasolini's film Arabian Nights. Professor Moon is the co-founder and former Director of Emory's noted Studies in Sexualities program.

“As I'm confident many of my younger colleagues are discovering anew during our current crisis, one of the things that doesn't seem to change as the U.S. academy goes on morphing and transforming itself is how much one depends on having stand-up colleagues of the kind I've been fortunate enough to have in abundance, including over these past 14 years at Emory. There are more that I could mention, but I must at a bare minimum shout out the names, with a fond nod to each, of Elizabeth Wilson, Lynne Huffer, Deboleena Roy, Michael Elliott, Colin Talley, Craig Womack, Elizabeth Goodstein, Allen Tullos, and Carole Hahn. Thanks more than I can say for the fellowship and hospitality that you've extended to Jonathan Goldberg and me.”

—Michael Moon

Darryl Neill, Goodrich C. White Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience

Darryl Neill

Goodrich C. White Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience

Professor Neill received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1972. He was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1971 as Instructor in Psychology and rose through the ranks, serving two three-year terms as chair of the department.

Professor Neill’s research focused on the neuroanatomy and neurochemistry of brain mechanisms for mood, motivation, and reward. This work, particularly in collaboration with faculty in Chemistry, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Psychiatry, was supported by external funding from the NSF, the NIH, and the Office of Naval Research. Professor Neill’s contributions to the field of psychology were recognized by his being named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. He was on the initial committee which created the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, and head of the committee which created the extremely successful Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology undergraduate major.

He is most proud of his 49 years of teaching undergraduates in large classes, particularly “Drugs and Behavior.” Over this time, thousands of undergraduates passed through his classes, and many went on to be prominent physicians, scientists, academicians, and clinical psychologists. Professor Neill considers his teaching of the highly motivated and talented Emory undergraduates to have been an honor: “Who could ask for a better job than to be around wonderful colleagues, to learn scientific knowledge of the biological foundations of behavior, and to be paid to teach eager young people about this knowledge?”

He was a volunteer for 15 years in Nicholas House, the first shelter for homeless families in Atlanta, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the organization for four years during its early years. Along with Professor Richard Doner of Political Science, Professor Neill was involved in the origins, and subsequently on the board, of the Transforming Community Project, which was devoted to interracial communication and reconciliation at Emory.

“Over my years at Emory, I have seen the institution move from being a small Southern school to playing on the national stage, and the faculty, staff, and students weather change after change. I’m convinced that the present challenges, financial as well as psychological, will lead to a stronger and even more humane university.”

—Darryl Neill

math-cs building

Bobbi (Barbara A. B.) Patterson, Professor of Pedagogy in Religion

Bobbi (Barbara A. B.) Patterson

Professor of Pedagogy in Religion

Professor Patterson received her PhD from Emory University in 1994. She began her Emory career as Associate University Chaplain in August 1980, and later served as an interim Dean of Campus Life.  She created and directed Emory's first comprehensive community-engaged learning initiative, Theory Practice Learning.

Professor Patterson’s early work as a faculty member in the Department of Religion engaged in feminist theory, women’s embodiment and body practices, and Christian spiritual traditions.  She became increasingly interested in the environments of human and human-more-than-human interactions and thriving. 

Professor Patterson received the Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, The American Academy of Religion's Teacher of the Year Award, and Emory's Thomas Jefferson Award.

“When change comes, as it will - and surely has come now, it's useful to pause and ask, ‘what's still true.’ Using that question as a focus, a kind of telescope, I can gather all the scattered energy I feel and discern my choices. For me - and I experienced much of this at Emory - what's still true is loving kindness, the generous relating of self with others (all beings). What’s still true is our interconnections, the work of inclusion, which I commit to offering others. I ask myself to activate these choices in my daily life. Try. Try again.”

—Bobbi (Barbara A. B.) Patterson

Leslie Real, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Biology

Leslie Real

Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Biology

Professor Real received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1977. He was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1998 as Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Biology. Professor Real’s research focuses on the molecular evolution and ecological dynamics of viral infectious disease emergence and spread with special focus on RNA viral diseases, including Rabies, Ebola, and Influenza. 

Under Professor Real’s leadership, the Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (PBEE) Graduate Program transformed into an internationally recognized graduate program specializing in the ecology of infectious diseases.

Bradd Shore, Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology

Bradd Shore

Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology

Professor Shore received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1977. He was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1982 as Associate Professor of Anthropology. Professor Shore’s research focuses on Samoan culture and society, cognitive anthropology: cultural models theory, and the relevance of Shakespeare for social theory.

Professor Shore received the Emory Williams Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society for Psychological Anthropology.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to work at Emory over the past 38 years, and to watch the University and the Anthropology Department grow in size and stature. I have been blessed with wonderful colleagues, many of whom have become treasured friends. Though I am retiring at a difficult time for our community, I have no doubt that Emory will weather the storm successfully and emerge from the current crisis with a sense of pride in the intelligence and resilience of its distinguished faculty, staff and administration.”

—Bradd Shore

Burlington Rd Building

Amanda I. Starnes, Senior Lecturer in Biology

Amanda I. Starnes

Senior Lecturer in Biology

Professor Starnes received her DVM from the University of Georgia in 1991. She was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1994 as a non-tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology. Professor Starnes is a valuable mentor who advises pre-veterinary undergraduates, existing majors, and prospective students. 

Professor Starnes received two Crystal Apple Awards: one for excellence in undergraduate lecture class education and the other for excellence in undergraduate large class education. She also received an Excellence in Teaching Award for the Natural Sciences from Emory's Center for Teaching & Curriculum and an Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award recognizing “High Achievement in Maintaining an Open and Productive Relationship with Students.”

 “Take the opportunity to use some of these days while we are social distancing to reconnect with someone you have lost touch with over the years. Through virtual means, there's the chance to revive a meaningful relationship from the past. By making such an effort, this may reopen a door that has been shut for much too long. And don’t stop there. Why not reach out to your immediate family members and develop an even stronger bond with them? By doing so, you may look back on “sheltering in place” as a time when memories like no others came to be during a time in history like no other.”

—Amanda I. Starnes

Sheila L. Tefft

Senior Lecturer in Writing

Professor Tefft received her MSc from The London School of Economics and Political Science in 1977.  She was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1999 and served as director of the Journalism Program from 2000-2009. Her research focuses on science writing about health and climate change, composition and multimedia journalism. She has taught writing in the Journalism program, the Institute of Liberal Arts, and the Department of English Writing Program. She also has co-led Emory student delegations to the United Nations climate negotiations.

Professor Tefft was a reporter, editor and foreign correspondent for almost 25 years. She received a Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Laura Jones Hardman Award for Excellence in Service, and a Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Service to International Programming and Study Abroad from the Institute of Comparative and International Studies. She is the recipient of two Fulbright fellowships.

“English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley said, ‘Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.’ Salute to journalists for holding officials accountable and ensuring we have facts and verified information during these critical times.”

—Sheila L. Tefft

Garth Tissol, Professor of Classics

Garth Tissol

Professor of Classics

Professor Tissol received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988. Initially appointed to the Emory faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor in 1987 and 1988, he was appointed Assistant Professor in 1989 and went on to teach at Emory for 33 years. 

Professor Tissol’s research focuses on Latin literature of the Augustan and imperial periods and English literature and the Classics. Professor Tissol served a very successful term as Chair of the Department of Classics.

Carol M. Worthman

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology

Professor Worthman received her PhD from Harvard University in 1978. She was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1986 as Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Professor Worthman’s research focuses on biocultural anthropology related to global mental health, health disparities, and human development.  Professor Worthman is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

“Neruda’s Keeping Quiet is so apt for this time out of time”

—Carol M. Worthman

Keeping Quiet

By Pablo Neruda

Now we will count to twelve

and we will all keep still

for once on the face of the earth,

let’s not speak in any language;

let’s stop for a second,

and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment

without rush, without engines;

we would all be together

in a sudden strangeness.

Fishermen in the cold sea

would not harm whales

and the man gathering salt

would not look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,

wars with gas, wars with fire,

victories with no survivors,

would put on clean clothes

and walk about with their brothers

in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused

with total inactivity.

Life is what it is about;

I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded

about keeping our lives moving,

and for once could do nothing,

perhaps a huge silence

might interrupt this sadness

of never understanding ourselves

and of threatening ourselves with death.

Perhaps the earth can teach us

as when everything seems dead

and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve

and you keep quiet and I will go.

students walking