College of Liberal Arts


The Office of Research and Graduate Studies strives to advance the educational mission of the College of Liberal Arts by providing the infrastructure that faculty, graduate students, and academic units within the College need in order to fund, conduct, and disseminate compelling and innovative research. Research by College faculty and students exemplifies our contribution to the people of Texas, to the academic community in the nation and beyond, and to the development of human knowledge in the humanities and the social sciences. Strong research is critical to the education we provide to our undergraduate and graduate students; indeed, a successful research mission is inseparable from our educational mission.


Robert Crosnoe, Associate Dean for Research • 512-471-7202 • GEB 3.212

Currently the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Rapoport Centennial Professor of Sociology at Texas, Rob Crosnoe received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Carolina Population Center and the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His main research areas are human development, education, family, and health; specifically, the connections among children’s, adolescents’, and young adults' health, social development, and educational trajectories and how these connections contribute to population-level inequalities (e.g., social class, immigration).

Erica L. Whittington, Ph.D., Director • 512-232-2094 • GEB 3.208

Erica Whittington supervises Liberal Arts Grants Services and conducts institutional research for the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. She handles all aspects of decentralized and other graduate fellowships and coordinates the Humanities Research Award competition and symposium. She administers the dissertation boot camp, graduate parental accommodations, graduate program reviews, and gender equity initiatives. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in History from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in History and Public Policy Studies from Duke University. Dr. Whittington co-founded the Gender Symposium, served as co-chair of the Graduate Student Assembly, and has taught American history and writing courses at UT Austin. She worked in public history and grants administration at Humanities Texas and has twenty years of experience in higher education. 

Brook Davis, Senior Grants Administrator • 512-232-0760 • GEB 3.310

Brook Davis joined the College's grants services in 2016, and assists faculty and graduate students with federal and foundation grant submissions. A native of Austin, she holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Texas State University. Prior to joining UT, Brook worked at Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, for fourteen years and supported the administration of the grants program.

Vanessa O. Lopez, CRA, Senior Grants Administrator • 512-232-0716 • GEB 3.310

Vanessa Lopez provides both pre-award and grants management support to faculty, staff, and graduate students. Vanessa assists researchers in the humanities and social sciences with the necessary tools and resources to successfully prepare, submit, and manage federal, state, and foundation fellowships and awards. Vanessa holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Texas Christian University. She is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) and has worked as a research administrator at UT Austin for more than thirteen years. She is a founding member of the Association of Research Administrators (ARA) at UT Austin and currently serves as the Treasurer for the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Region V. 



Office Location:

Dorothy L. Gebauer Building (GEB), 3rd Floor

Mailing Address

College of Liberal Arts
Office of the Associate Dean for Research
116 Inner Campus Drive Stop G6000
Austin, TX 78712-1257