About Our Team

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Mike Curb


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


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

Rosevelt Noble

Senior Fellow

Rosevelt Noble joined the Curb Center as a Senior Fellow in August 2015.  Since 2002, he has also served as a Senior Lecture in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University.  Read More.

  • American criminal justice system
  • African-Americans at Vanderbilt University
  • Storytelling and artistic expression
  • Photography and video production
Katie Foster, Creative Writing Fellow

Katie Foster

Creative Writing Fellow

Katie Young Foster is an M.F.A candidate and the 2016-17 Creative Writing Fellow at The Curb Center. Read more.

  • Midwestern Fiction Writer
  • Comics Editor
  • Outdoor Enthusiast
Rachel Skaggs

Rachel Skaggs

Graduate Research Assistant

Rachel Skaggs is a Ph.D. candidate in Vanderbilt University’s Department of Sociology. Read more.

  • Work and careers in creative industries
  • 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 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