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Faculty Advisors

Dr. Vaughn May, PhD

Dr. Vaughn May, PhD

Dr. Vaughn May, Chief Advisor – Vaughn May joined the Belmont faculty in 2003 and is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science and serves as Chair of the Department. Along with his normal teaching responsibilities, Vaughn serves as the campus liaison for The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and as Chief Advisor to the Right Aisle Review. He received his BA from the University of Alabama at Huntsville and his PhD from Vanderbilt University. His teaching and scholarly interests include American Politics, Southern Politics, the Civil Rights Movement, and Mass Media and Politics. He has also taught at the University of Tennessee at Martin and currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University. He, his wife Whitney, and their two dogs, Lester and Palin, live in Franklin, TN.

Dr. Brenda Jackson-Abernathy, PhD

Dr. Brenda Jackson-Abernathy, PhD

Dr. Brenda Jackson-Abernathy, Advisor – Brenda Jackson-Abernathy also joined the Belmont faculty in 2003 and is currently an Associate Professor of History and serves as Chair of the Department. She received her BA and MA from San Jose State University and her PhD from Washington State University at Pullman. She teaches 18th and 19th Century History, Latin American History, and Women’s History. She loves helping students to explore history and people beyond the mere memorization of names and dates. “’Understanding’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘agreeing with’,” she says, “but once they do, the world is their oyster!”

Jim Meaders, MFA

Jim Meaders, MFA

James Meaders, Advisor – Jim Meaders joined the Belmont faculty in 1992 as Chair of the Art Department after teaching painting for thirteen years in three states. He received his BA from Florida Southern College and MFA from Clemson University. Although he stepped down from his role as Department Chair in 2003, he continues to teach full-time. He received two consecutive James Still Fellowships through the Faculty Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky and has received numerous awards and honors for his work since 1972.

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