Tara Tuttle

About Me

Tara M. Tuttle is the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and a Senior Lecturer in the Lewis Honors College. She has a Ph.D. in Humanities with an emphasis in 20th century American culture, a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Louisville, and an MA in Humanities from Indiana State University. Passionate about Honors education, she worked in the Honors Program at Indiana State University, taught Honors courses as affiliate faculty in the Honors Program at Ball State University, and developed the Honors Program at St. Catharine College (now closed) before joining the faculty in the Lewis Honors College here at the University of Kentucky. Her research examines contemporary women writers’ uses of scriptural allusion to challenge conventional understandings of gender and justice. She is interested in the ways in which members of marginalized or contested groups deploy biblical allusion to prompt reconsiderations of hierarchical interpretations of scripture used to validate social, political, and legal inequities as moral or divinely mandated.  

Ask Me About... 

  • Gender and sexuality! These are my favorite topics to teach, research, and talk about. Social understandings (and misunderstandings) of gender and sexuality shape our experiences as individuals in society in big and small ways, and these understandings are always evolving.
  • Social justice! Social responsibility, mutual respect, human dignity, diversity, and inclusivity are among our core values here in the Lewis Honors College. I feel strongly we all have an obligation to participate in the promotion of a more just society. I am interested in ways we can work to be conscious of and to eliminate bias and discrimination against othered, marginalized, and vulnerable members of our communities. 
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! As the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Lewis Honors College, I work to ensure that the Lewis Honors College attracts, retains, affirms, and fosters the participation of all members of our community across differences in race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age, socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, and other aspects of identity.



Responding to Gender and Sexual Identity Diversity in the College Classroom.”  Cultural Competency Handbook.  Ed. Timothy Forde. New Forums Press, 2018. 125-144.

“‘Deranged Vaginas’: Pussy Riot’s Feminist Hermeneutics.”The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 28.2-3 (2016): 67-80.

 “The Intersection of Dominican Values and Women’s and Gender Studies Pedagogy.” The Journal of Catholic Higher Education 35.1 (Winter2016): 65-79.

 “‘Barely in the Front Door’: Feminist Pedagogy Outside the Classroom.” Working for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom: A Community of Teachers, Researchers, and ActivistsEds. E. Wayne Ross and Nancye McCrary. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2015. 231-238.

Laborare est Orare: Starting a Gay-Straight Alliance at a Rural, Private Catholic College.” Gender and Diversity Issues in Religious-Based Institutions and Organizations. Eds. Theron Ford and Blanche Jackson Glimps. Advances in Religions and Cultural Studies (ARCS) Book Series. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2015. 124-136.

Queering Country Music Autobiography: Chely Wright’s Like Me and the Performance of Authenticity.” Studies in Popular Culture 37.2 (Spring 2015): 67-86.

“Refusing the Fall: Blanche McCrary Boyd’s The Revolution of Little Girls and the Eden Myth.”  The Notebook: A Journal for Women with Small Town and Rural Roots 4 (May 2015):43-50.

“The Dynamics of Allusion: Faulkner’s and Morrison’s Use of Genesis 1-3.”  Faulkner and MorrisonEds. Robert Hamblin and Chris Rieger. Cape Girardeau: The Center for Faulkner Studies, Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2013.

“Created Unequal?: Interpreting Hierarchies of Gender, Race, and Sexual Orientation in Genesis 1-3.” The Researcher XXII.2 (Spring 2009): 29-64.