Name: Dr. Raegan Tuff
Family: Parents (Apostle Ulysses and Pastor Deborah Tuff), three siblings (Maurice, Forrest, Deb), and nine nieces and nephews
Hometown: Lilburn, Georgia
Current Town: Atlanta, Georgia
What Years at UGA: 2003 – 2009
School/Degree: Ph.D. Health Promotion and Behavior, College of Public Health.
Profession: I research and provide consultation on solutions used to prevent chronic disease, promote health, and advance equity in populations.
I have received an Outstanding Georgia Citizen award from the Georgia Secretary of State and I have been recognized as one of the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40. I have received two CDC/ATSDR Honor Awards for Excellence in Information Technology and Emergency Response and a Presidential Service Award for philanthropy.
Book: The Color Purple (1)
Podcast: Revisionist History.
Instagram: @joycemeyer — She teaches the Bible in such a relatable way. (2)
Brand: The BMW M brand. I am a big fan of the M4 because it’s beautifully styled. Did I mention that it’s also agile and reeeeally fast? (3)
Fashion designer: Cedric Brown Collections. He’s young and on the rise! He creates artistically designed scarves, ties, and jackets with stunning color combinations. (4)
Chef: Chef Mama Tuff! Everything my mother cooks is seasoned to perfection.
Historical figure: Toni Morrison (5)
“For we live by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7
Describe Athens in five words or less: The little big city.
Restaurants and bars: The breakfast cuisine at Mama Boy’s restaurant is so divine. I’ve also enjoyed visiting Creature Comforts with friends.
Shops: Agora Vintage.
The Dawg sculptures around town. It’s my goal to find and take a picture with each one.
Memory while in school: Friday nights at Carrabas with my cohort and successfully completing my doctoral defense. I remember texting my best friend, “I’m Ph.inisheD!!”
Professor/class: Narrative Methodology with Dr. Juanita Johnson-Bailey. She served on my doctoral committee and is hands down one of UGA’s greats. I am forever thankful to her for teaching and empowering me to center women’s voices through storytelling.
Gameday ritual/plan: Cute red and black outfit, jewelry, and handbag? Check!
Tailgate Recipe: Guacamole and any side dish. (6)