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Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts

The Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts (ILA) fosters innovative scholarship and teaching that transcends the boundaries of method, theory, and discipline. Founded in 1952, the ILA has a tradition of nurturing emergent fields of study and encouraging new modes of inquiry at Emory and beyond. Today, the ILA provides a unique intellectual environment for the pursuit of research and teaching that cuts across conventional academic boundaries. Through its programming and resources, the ILA unites students and faculty from across the university in order to address complex social issues from diverse perspectives.

Emory’s Disability Studies Initiative

The Disability Studies Initiative at Emory is a working group generated across departments and schools that is dedicated to interdisciplinary research and teaching by faculty and students. The Initiative is led by a group of faculty and students who are interested in the social, cultural, historical, political, and legal dimensions of disability in our world. Our mission is to promote the growth and increase the profile of Disability Studies at Emory.

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Emory Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) has helped to define the discipline of women’s studies in the United States. It has sought from its inception to connect the study of women and gender with race and class, and not to isolate gender as a single category of analysis.  Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality analyzes the ways in which social and institutional power is structured in part around social identities, and it examines the meanings attached to these identities through interdisciplinary lenses.  This broader understanding has implications not only for what is studied but how it is studied.  Emory scholars working in the study of women, gender, and sexuality reflect this development in their work, which covers a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches. Their most recent hires in feminist science studies demonstrate our ongoing commitment to building bridges with other parts of the university, including the Neuroscience Initiative, the Psychoanalytic Studies Program, and the Rollins School of Public Health.  Emory WGSS offers a vibrant undergraduate major and minor, an increasingly popular graduate certificate, and a Ph.D. program that sets the benchmark for the nation.

Laney Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS)

Emory GDBBS provides students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned Emory researchers on campus and in the greater Atlanta area. The GDBBS has more than 400 graduate students in eight interdisciplinary PhD programs. A culture of training at Emory seeks to educate students in the skills required in today’s competitive scientific environment: writing, presenting and communicating effectively as well as conducting core research. In 2015, Emory’s GDBBS students were ranked first in the U.S. for the most students with NIH pre-doctoral fellowships. Their graduate students train in clinical and research spaces across the Winship Cancer Institute, the Rollins School of Public Health, and the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building, with faculty duly in Biochemistry, Biology, Cell Biology, Human Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology. GDBBS faculty are also drawn from the departments of Anthropology, Chemistry, Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Surgery.

The James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference

Our mission is to support research, teaching, and public dialogue that examine race and intersecting dimensions of human difference including, but not limited to, class, gender, religion, and sexuality. We are interested in how systems of social distinction shape identities, modes of knowing, processes of inclusion and exclusion, and acts of representation. In the tradition of James Weldon Johnson’s life and work, a feature of the Institute is to produce new knowledge on movements for civil and human rights in the United States and abroad. We value approaches that are interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, comparative, and that inform public discourse and decision-making.

The Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry

The Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry is a focal point for humanities endeavors at Emory University and serves to advance research and teaching, overall, in the humanities. The FCHI serves both those trained in the humanities and also others in the University who are interested in humanistic issues. The FCHI is dedicated to providing occasions and spaces for encouraging intellectual community and scholarship across disciplines.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The Emory Department of Spanish and Portuguese studies language and culture as both product and process that emerge in different contexts, through contact with other cultures that are constantly in motion and in transformation. This approach is deeply informed by a historically framed and place-based methodology — by an understanding that where and when Spanish or Portuguese is spoken, written, and thought. The research and teaching of department faculty focuses particularly on questions of identity and identity formation, calling attention to the ways that such questions are articulated in distinct historical and cultural contexts, and at different scales.  In cultivating the education of students through what may be their first, second or third language, we also challenge our students to think about the comparisons and relationships between their own primary language(s) and culture(s) and the ones that they are studying, or in more general terms, the issues encountered in translating both language and culture.

The Department of French and Italian

The Department of English

Emory’s Department of English is home to a diverse group of scholars who leverage a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to enrich Emory’s academic culture. Our faculty includes specialists from Emory’s Disability Studies Initiative, the African American Studies Department, and the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture. The Department of English has garnered international acclaim for the work being done by faculty members and students. The Department has drawn influential figures to its ranks – including Salman Rushdie, Natasha Tretheway, and Hank Klibinoff.

The Department of Anthropology

The Emory Department of Anthropology is ranked in the top 10 of U.S. programs by the National Research Council, and encourages a diversity of learning, teaching, and research opportunities in social and cultural anthropology as well as biological anthropology. Anthropology is unique among academic departments in that the field of study is partly natural sciences, partly social sciences, and partly humanities; it is an essentially intersectional field of study. Emory’s Anthropology department is a place where biologists studying the evolution, structure and function of the brain shares ideas on a regular basis with researchers who focus on human ritual; in which someone who studies economic decision making and underdevelopment in traditional and modern agricultural settings meets regularly with someone who has mastered the literature on food choice and behavior in nonhuman primates. In modern university life, it can be challenging to promote such exchanges across departmental barriers; in our department they are a common occurrence. The value for students is inestimable as they face the challenge of the bewildering array of subjects that constitutes the liberal arts education.  For these reasons, Emory Anthropology is proud to support Critical Junctures.

Emory University Subvention Fund

The Hightower Fund at Emory University

Emory University Office of the Provost

Emory University Office of Equity and Inclusion 

Laney Graduate School: New Thinkers, New Leaders Initiative


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