Gender Issues Experts

Megan Bryson

Megan Bryson

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Megan Bryson is an expert on the religions of China, including minority religions; East Asian Buddhism; gender and Asian religions; and Buddhism in the United States.

Tina Shepardson

Tina Shepardson

Professor of Religious Studies

Tina Shepardson is a professor of early Christianity. She regularly lectures in the community on women, gender, and sexuality in Christianity; the politics of interpreting the Bible; and early Christian relations with Muslims and Jews.

Maria Stehle

Associate Professor

Maria Stehle specializes in German and European cultural studies, gender and media studies, and cultural histories of Germany since 1945.

Joanne M. Hall


Joanne Hall is a registered nurse with a PhD in nursing and a bachelor’s of science in psychology and is an expert in the areas of substance use and misuse, stigmatized populations, racial microaggressions and health care, and recovery from interpersonal violence.

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Patrick R. Grzanka

Assistant Professor

Patrick R. Grzanka is an assistant professor of psychology and affiliate faculty of the interdisciplinary programs in American studies and women, gender, and sexuality.

Michael Higdon

Director of Legal Writing, Associate Professor of Law

Michael Higdon is the director of the College of Law’s Legal Writing Program and an associate professor of law who specializes in family law, legal writing, and sexuality, gender, and the law.

Claudia Rawn

Director of the Center for Materials Processing, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Claudia Rawn is one of the foremost authorities on materials science at UT, the director of the Center for Materials Processing, and a leading advocate of female engineering students through the RISER program.

Dixie Thompson

Vice Provost, Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

Dixie Thompson is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and of the National Academy of Kinesiology, as well as a past president of the Southeast Chapter of ACSM and a former associate editor-in-chief for ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal.