About Our Team

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Mike Curb

Donor

In his more than four-decade career, Mike Curb has creatively and successfully engaged with the worlds of business, government and philanthropy. Read More.

  • Family-Based Philanthropy
  • Curb Records
  • Art Preservation
  • Music Composition & Production
Jay Clayton, Director

Jay Clayton

Director

Jay was named William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English in 2003. Read more.

  • Arts, humanities, and science policy
  • Genetics and literature
  • New media
  • Game studies
  • Victorian literature
  • 21st-century culture
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Elizabeth Meadows

Assistant Director

Elizabeth Meadows became the Assistant Director of the Curb Center in 2013. Read more.

  • Victorian literature and culture
  • Nineteenth-century novel and media culture
  • Women’s and gender studies
  • Formalist literary and cultural studies
  • Creativity and collaboration in academic culture
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Jim Ed Norman

Senior Fellow

Jim Ed Norman’s career in the music industry spans the gamut from the creative to administration. Read More.

  • Nashville Music Community
  • Curb Records
  • Commercial Music
  • Application of Art & Culture

Miriam Lense

Fellow

Research Instructor in Otolaryngology and a Co-Investigator with the trans-institutional Program for Music, Mind, and Society at Vanderbilt.  Read More.

  •  Clinical Psychology
  • Music Cognition
  • Music and Social Engagement
  • Social and Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental disabilities (Autism, Williams syndrome)
 Mark Haslam

Mark Haslam

2017-2018 Creative Writing Fellow

Mark Haslam is an M.F.A. Fiction candidate at Vanderbilt University and the 2016-17 Creative Writing Fellow at The Curb Center. Read more.

  • Fiction Writer
  • Creative writing in the community
  • Education
Rachel Skaggs

Rachel Skaggs

Graduate Research Assistant

Rachel Skaggs is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology. Read more.

  • Creative industries careers
  • Entrepreneurship
  • The Gig economy
  • Social Networks
  • Mixed methods research
Kimberly Kane, Administrative Manager

Kimberly Kane

Administrative Manager

Kimberly Kane became the Administrative Manager of the Curb Center in 2017. Read more.

  • Educational and Research Management
  • Pre-and Post Grant Awards
  • Graphic Design & Branding
  • Event Planning
  • K-12 Art & Science Educational Outreach
Mindy Kessler, Program Manager

Mindy Kessler

Program Manager

Mindy Kessler became the Program Manager at the Curb Center in 2017. Read more.

  • The National Shakespeare Conservatory
  • Experience with K-12 Education
  • Creative writing
  • Dedicated Gardener
Sierra McKissick, Administrative Support

Sierra McKissick

Administrative Assistant

Sierra McKissick has worked at Curb since 2012 while pursuing her Master of Divinity degree and Master of Arts in Religion.  Read More.

  • Mental & Spiritual Health Counselor
  • Creative Writing
  • Web & Social Media
  • Event Support