Barbara Vann, Ph.D.
As assistant professor of sociology at Loyola, Barbara Vann, Ph.D, is particularly interested in the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability. Dr. Vann received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1987 and joined Loyola’s faculty that same year. During her time at Loyola, she has been involved in creating and implementing various programs and organizations on campus, including the University’s Gender Studies minor as well as the Messina first-year living learning program; the summer study abroad program in Prague; and OUTLoyola, a faculty LGBT organization. In 2013, Dr. Vann was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to teach and study at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, a place she has visited every year since 2004 and continues to conduct research about. Dr. Vann says the thing she likes most about teaching at Loyola is the students. “I have taught other places, and the students here are great.”
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When I came to Loyola, I learned about cura personalis, and I took it to heart. I’m not Catholic, but I think the Jesuits are great.