Jules Odendahl-James

Jules Odendahl-James is professional director and dramaturg specializing in art+science collaborations, documentary performance and works by women playwrights. At Duke University, she is a lecturer in Theater Studies, the Program Director of Arts and Humanities Advising, a member of the Disability Access Initiative and a 2017-18 Teaching for Equity Fellow. She was a Kienle Scholar[…]

Nicole Barnes

Nicole Elizabeth Barnes, PhD, Assistant Professor of History and a Core Faculty Associate of the Health Humanities Lab, is a living legacy of the epidemiological transition. Her paternal grandmother lost five of her siblings to disease—three in their infancy to unknown illnesses, and twin sisters who contracted tuberculosis at the age of seventeen. Nicole, by contrast,[…]

Cate Reilly

Cate I. Reilly, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Literature and a Core Faculty Associate of the Health Humanities Lab. Her research begins from a conviction about the centrality of literature and literary-critical inquiry as tools for understanding mental health and illness. Cate takes psychoanalysis and the history of psychiatry as a starting point to[…]

John Vaughn

Dr. John Vaughn is Director of Student Health Services, Associate Professor of Community & Family Medicine and Pediatrics, and Faculty Associate, Trent Center for Bioethics Humanities & History of Medicine at Duke University.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts (English) and Doctor of Medicine degrees from The Ohio State University and is currently Executive Editor[…]

Deborah Reisinger

Deb S. Reisinger, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of the Practice in Romance Studies, and affiliate faculty in the Duke Global Health Health Institute. As Director of the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) initiative at Duke, Deb develops advanced content-based language courses in global health, public policy, and environmental studies; languages include Arabic, French,[…]

Leonard White

Dr. White is a neuroscientist and an educator in the Duke University School of Medicine and the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. He has a faculty appointment in the Department of Neurology and the Department of Neurobiology. Dr. White received his Ph.D. in neural biology from Washington University where he studied the functional anatomy[…]

John Duronville

Dr. John V. Duronville is a clinical Nephrologist in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology at Duke University Medical Center. He received a BA in Religion with a concentration in African and Africana studies at Haverford College.  He completed his medical training with a focus in Global Health at George Washington University School of[…]

Deborah Jenson

Deborah Jenson (PhD Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, 1994) is Professor of Romance Studies and Global Health at Duke University. She also served as Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) through 2017. Her work in post-revolutionary French and Haitian literature and culture has always engaged with trauma on a literary level, but after[…]