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Edward H. Friedman

Edward H. Friedman, Faculty Director, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish, and Professor of Comparative Literature

Edward H. Friedman is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish and Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. He has been editor of the  Bulletin of the Comediantes  since 1999 and is a past president of the Cervantes Society of America. His research has centered on early modern Spanish literature, with special emphasis on Cervantes, picaresque narrative, and the Comedia.


Mona C. Frederick

 Mona C. Frederick, Executive Director

Mona Frederick is Executive Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities; she has been with the program since its founding in 1988. She is responsible for creating, organizing, and overseeing the scholarly programs of the Warren Center.  She has recently produced a documentary film related to the Warren Center entitled “Speaking for the Humanities” as well as a digital archive containing interviews from 1964 conducted by Robert Penn Warren with US Civil Rights activists.  In 2015, she received a  Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  


 Emma Furman


Emma Furman, Seminar Coordinator

Emma Furman joined the Warren Center in 2016. Before moving to Nashville, she lived in Boston for a year and a half and came south to escape the snow and to be with her partner. Emma grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and received a B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She went on to complete a Master of Library and Information Science and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Although you may be tempted, please don’t ask her about football, the Dewey decimal system or to recite a poem. Please do ask her about baking, her dog Billie, songwriting, drawing and yoga.



 Terry Tripp


 Terry Tripp, Activities Coordinator

Terry Tripp joined the Warren Center in 2013. Before that, she worked as an administrative assistant in the A&S Dean’s Office. She also worked with the ACLU of Tennessee and did freelance writing and editing for CABLE, a professional women’s organization. She has a B.A. in communications and minors in journalism and French, however, she has forgotten all of her French – even the swear words. She has one husband, two sons, two cats and one dog. Her children have rebelled against her in the cruelest way possible, by refusing to watch the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series. She hopes they see the error of their ways soon so she can say, “I told you so!”


 Kelsey Norris


Kelsey Norris, Research Fellow

Kelsey Norris is a graduate of the MFA program at Vanderbilt University from Madison, Alabama. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Namibia where she taught English and Art, managed her school’s library, and facilitated girls' and youth empowerment initiatives. She has conducted community writing workshops for Room in the Inn, Southern Word, and Vanderbilt's Media Immersion program. She is the former editor in chief of the Nashville Review and worked as an editorial intern at the Oxford American.


Kristina Lee HASTAC Scholar 2017-18


Kristina Lee, HASTAC Scholar

Kristina Lee is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Anthropology. Originally from Pomona, California, Kristina earned her BA in Anthropology at Brown University in Rhode Island. Her research interests bring together anthropology, history, Latin American Studies, African Diaspora studies, and public scholarship to understand the legacies of African enslavement in the present. She is a proud Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and Co-President of the Graduate Student of Color Collective (GSOCC) at Vanderbilt. In 2017-2018, Kristina will be working with the Warren Center on the Fort Negley Digital Storytelling Project.

Kevin Lubin

Kevin Lubin, Graduate Student Assistant

Kevin Lubin is a second-year student in the Graduate Program in Economic Development (GPED). He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received his B.A. in Financial Economics at Millersville University in central Pennsylvania. At Vanderbilt, Kevin serves on the boards of the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures, the Graduate Student Council, and the Organization for Black Graduate and Professional Students. Among his many duties at the Warren Center, Kevin is very proud to serve as the Chief Leftovers Officer for seminars and events.