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Our Team

Destiny Hanks is from Nashville, TN. She is an undergraduate student in the School of Arts and Sciences at Vanderbilt University. She is a Medicine, Health, and Society major with a minor in African American Diaspora Studies. 






Juliet Larkin-Gilmore is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Vanderbilt. Her dissertation is a history of Mohaves on the Lower Colorado River and the relationships between public health policy, mobility, and federal attempts to annihilate Native cultures between 1890 and 1934. She was a 2017-18 Mellon Digital Humanities Fellow at Vanderbilt and has a deep interest in public history.



Angela Sutton, Ph.D. is a College of Arts & Sciences postdoctoral fellow working with the Mellon Partners for Education Grant at Vanderbilt University. She also contributes to the Slave Societies Digital Archive, helping to digitize endangered documents pertaining to Africans and their descendants in the Americas for wider use among researchers and the public.  She is a board member of the Friends of Fort Negley, and works with the Fort Negley Descendants Project in order to use her skills with digital archives to help preserve and amplify the voices of black Nashville which are crucial to the identity of Fort Negley park going forward.



Faculty Consultants: 

Mickey Casad, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for Digital Humanities and Senior Lecturer, Cinema and Media Arts

Jane Landers, Ph.D.Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History and Director, Slave Societies Digital Archive

Mona C. Frederick, Executive Director, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities


Past Team Members and Associates

Emma Furman joined the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities 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.






Kristina Lee is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Anthropology, and the 2017-2018 HASTAC Scholar at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. 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




Kelsey Norris is the 2017-2018 Research Fellow at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, a graduate of the MFA program at Vanderbilt University, and originally 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.