Carolyn Pope Edwards
Willa Cather Professor


  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Parent involvement

Carolyn Pope Edwards, Willa Cather professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, holds joint appointments as professor in the departments of psychology and child, youth, and family studies. In 2012, she won the University of Nebraska’s Outstanding Research and Creativity Award. She earned her doctorate in human development and bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Harvard University. She has studied cultural influences on child development and parent-child interactions in several countries, including Italy, China, Norway and Kenya. She is author or editor of several books, including “The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education”; “Extending the Dance in Infant and Toddler Caregiving: Enhancing Attachment and Relationship”; “The Diary of Laura: Perspectives on a Reggio Emilia Diary”; as well as many articles and chapters. She is part of research projects at the University of Nebraska seeking to evaluate and improve the quality of children’s services, to strengthen parent-child-teacher relationships to help children get ready for school, and to improve mathematics education throughout the state of Nebraska.