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Holly Tucker, Director

Holly Tucker is the Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities and Professor in French. She teaches a wide range of classes at Vanderbilt, from first-year seminars to graduate-level seminars on medicine, literature, and culture. Across her research, Professor Tucker focuses how literature and medicine intersect in the early-modern period. Her work has been reviewed in Nature, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Economist, among others, and has been featured as well on NPR, The Atlantic, Scientific American, in addition to journals specific to her field.

Professor Tucker’s publications include:

  • City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris (W.W. Norton, 2017)
  • Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine & Murder in the Scientific Revolution (W.W. Norton, 2011)
  • Pregnant Fictions: Childbirth & the Fairy Tale in Early-Modern France (Wayne State UP, 2003)


Elizabeth Meadows, Associate Director 

Elizabeth Meadows is the new Associate Director of Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. Working under incoming Director Holly Tucker, Meadows will focus on undergraduate and immersion programming, community engagement projects in public humanities, and non-tenure track faculty development in the humanities. Meadows brings to the Warren Center considerable experience in community and student engagement; she spent six years at Vanderbilt’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy, where she developed and led programs offering faculty, staff, and students opportunities to engage in creative practice and fostered innovative projects and collaborations with our campus and local community. Meadows helped develop the Curb Center’s Public Scholars Program, worked with campus and local partners to organize the Mellon Summer Institute in Public and Digital Humanities, and collaborated with Nashville’s Metro Arts Commission in developing the Racial Equity in Arts Leadership program. A scholar of Victorian literature and culture, Elizabeth taught at Mount Holyoke College, before coming to Vanderbilt in 2013, and she has published in Dickens Studies Annual, The Oxford Companion to Victorian Literary Culture and has collaboratively guest edited a special issue of Victorian Review. 


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!”