OSU Folklore Alumni
Former OSU folklore students teach at universities ranging from Penn State to the University of North Carolina to Baskent University in Turkey, and many have pursued public arena work for organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Humanities Council, and CITYFOLK. No matter how many miles separate us, we strive to stay connected, showing how firm alumni friendship is for folklore graduates.
If you are a folklore graduate of the Ohio State University, we'd love for you to drop us a line and keep us apprised of your activities. Announcements, accolades, and job news are always welcomed. Please write to us c/o Cassie Patterson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us share your news with others.
Chris Antonsen has taught Folk Studies at Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green, KY. His main interests include heritage and identity, economic development and the conservation of social or cultural elements, and cultural tourism. His recent fieldwork and research have focused on community responses to tourism, development, and historical narrative in the village of Eyam in Derbyshire, England. He has published articles, essays, and reviews in Folklore in Use, the Journal of American Folklore, and the Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature, and presents regularly at the American Folklore Society's annual meeting and other scholarly conferences. Chris can be reached at email@example.com.
Eric Ball received his Ph.D. from the Department of Greek and Latin at OSU in 2003, with Patrick Mullen on his dissertation committee. Ball is now Associate Professor in Cultural Studies at Empire State College, State University of New York. He is author of "Guarding the Wild: Place,Tradition, Literature and the Environment in the Work of a Cretan Folk Poet" in Journal of American Folklore, Volume 119(43): 275-300.(2006), "Folkism and Wild(er)ness:Observations on the Construction of Nature in Modern Greek Culture" in Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora, Volume 32(1-2): 7-43. (2006), "Where Are the Folk? The Cretan Mantinada as Placed Literature" in The Journal of Folklore Research, Volume 39(2-3): 147-172. (2002), and Sustained by Eating, Consumed by Eating Right (State University of New York Press, 2013).
Dr. Elizabeth Bell is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Ball State University, where she is teaching language, culture, and literature classes. Her research deals with Maya ritual and performance in the context of a cultural revitalization movement in Guatemala and indigenous decolonization efforts in Latin America. She is currently making revisions to her book manuscript, Maya Spirituality in a Global Context. Her most recent project deals with Maya hip-hop as alternative education for Maya youths who are excluded from the formal education system.
Bennis Blue is Associate Professor of English in the Department of Languages and Literature at Virginia State University (his undergraduate alma mater) in Petersburg, VA. He moved to Virginia in 2005 from Mount Olive College in Mount Olive, NC. He taught as an adjunct in the English Department and worked full time as a staff member in the Education Division at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, NC, and also taught 12th grade English and 8th grade Language Arts while hammering out his dissertation: "Reclaiming a Multicultural Heritage: Race, Identity, and Culture in the Life and Works of Olivia Ward Bush Banks" directed by Amy Shuman. His dissertation committee members included Kitty Locker, Jackie Royster, and Valerie Lee. He spent the summer of 1995 at the University of Kentucky as a Minority Summer Dissertation Scholar and received an AFS Travel Grant that took him to the AFS Meeting in Lafayette, LA, where he met Rayna Green and Ernest Gaines, among others, and was able to drive over to Tulane to research Bush Banks' extant primary texts at the Amistad Library. At OSU, in addition to serving as the Assistant Book Review Editor for JAF, he taught an Intro to Folklore Course under Amy's supervision, served as Jackie Royster's research assistant on the last issue of SAGE, and did ethnographic note-taking and transcribing for Kitty Locker as she prepared her winning text, Business and Professional Communications. Brenda Breuggemann invited him to join a collaborative research project with Scott Miller, Deneen Shepherd, and herself, which resulted in an article published in CCCC's journal. Ben can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheila Bock received her Ph.D. in 2010 in the Department of English with a focus on Folklore Studies, and she is now Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Teaching courses on Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, she enjoys introducing her students to the numerous applications of folklore theories and methods in problem-based research. She continues conducting research on the intersections between performance, narrative, and diabetes health education, and she is eager to learn more about the dynamic folk culture of her new home in Las Vegas.
Ruth Staveley Bolzenius
Ruth Staveley Bolzenius was an advisee of Dr. Pat Mullen and earned her Ph.D. in English in 1996. Her dissertation research examined women's diaries of the Oregon and California trails. Ruth is a lecturer at Ohio State University-Marion campus, where she teaches English 109.01 and 109.02 Basic Writing Courses, English Composition 110W, and English 270. In addition, she teaches Freshman Composition at Capital University, in Columbus. She currently coordinates the Learning Skills and Extended Instruction Tutoring Program in the University College at Ohio State. Ruth can be contacted at email@example.com.
Chris Burney studied folklore in the Comparative Studies department. He completed a minor in Linguistics, and worked on minors in Music and Creative Writing. Chris is interested in the foundations of folkloristics, intellectual property in U.S. and international contexts, the history of the music business, expansion-driven cultural capitalism, and relationships of artistic expression.
Charley Camp is Associate Professor of Art and Director of Art History and the Humanities at Anne Arundel Community College in Annapolis, MD. At AACC, he teaches folk art every other semester. He teaches American Folk Art and Folklife at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore among other courses, including (recently) Memento Mori: Death and What Follows. Camp curated the Smithsonian Institution exhibit "Key Ingredients" which tours America in five identical copies. The exhibit is very much a folklorist's take on American foodways, and was well-received when it toured Ohio last year. Foodways continues to be a focus for Camp's research, teaching, and publication. Other areas of research include the anthropology of everyday life, African-American art, and New Deal documentation of folk culture. Charley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tracy Carpenter is Lead Faculty at College Unbound in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in 2009, with her dissertation titled Recovering Women: Intersectional Approaches to African American Addiction. She received her MA from OSU in 2004.
Robin Cogburn is engaged in research that follows the path from inception to market of a Mexican handicraft made in Becal, Campeche. Becal is a Mayan village of 4,500 people who are known for the weaving of Panama Hats. The hats are found in most all tourists markets of Mexico. She is particularly interested in the shift of meaning and knowledge about the hats as they move from Becal to Cancun, Quintana Roo, where large numbers of tourists come into contact with them.
Prior to joining the Curator’s Eye team, Ms. Damsky taught Folklore, Anthropology, and English for almost fifteen years, most recently at Pratt / MWP. Her academic work has been interdisciplinary and diverse, including studies of architecture, oral history, and the cultural and philosophical foundations of health and disease. She has worked with and published articles about folk artists, musicians, and community organizations on projects ranging from folk artists to a project researching the origin and cultural transformations of the Adirondack chair. Ms. Damsky has a Ph.D. from Binghamton University, a M.A. from The Ohio State University, and an A.B. from Vassar College.
Catherine Dean-Haidet is interested in the cultural, scientific and spiritual aspects of healing, which are strongly influenced by her experiences as a nurse practitioner working with dying patients and their families. Catherine studies the construction of medical knowledge across cultures and time, folkloric and vernacular approaches to health and illness, cross-cultural constructs of identity and boundaries especially related to the dying process, cross-cultural models of healing and therapeutic relationship, and how belief affects healing and dying. She completed an ethnographic study that examines the effects of Zen meditation on members of the interdisciplinary team at a local hospice. In this study she uses the intimacy/integrity cultural relationship model of Dr. Tom Kasulis (professor, OSU Comparative Studies) to look at caregivers' relational perceptions of self and other. Catherine is keenly interested in cultural variations of medicine especially Indian Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as Eastern and Western contemplative and meditative approaches to death and dying. In future projects, she hopes to complete a cross-cultural study of spiritual/energy healing, perhaps comparing the American energy healing technique of therapeutic touch with Chinese external qigong. Catherine has studied folkloric herbalism, music and movement therapy (the topic of my masters thesis in nursing), and therapeutic touch for the last 15 years. Professionally, she maintains a small practice that offers healing ways to clients seeking complementary approaches to biomedicine. Catherine enjoys taking long walks, teaching yoga, growing medicinal herbs, and playing the Celtic harp.
Bill Ellis graduated from OSU in 1978, earning a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in folklore. Bill was appointed Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Penn State Hazelton in 1984; he earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991. His research interests include contemporary legend, rumor, adolescents‚ folklore, new religions, and the folklore surrounding satanism. He is the former editor of FOAFTale News, and former President of the International Society of Contemporary Legend Research. His latest book, Raising the Devil: Satanism, New Religions, and the Media (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2000); forthcoming: Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001). Bill can be reached at email@example.com.
Kevin I. Eyster
Kevin I. Eyster is currently an Associate Professor at Madonna University's Department of English & Communication Arts. Kevin graduated from Ohio State with an M.A. in English in 1984, and earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Kentucky in 1991. Kevin continued his education, earning a second M.A. degree in Written Communication from Eastern Michigan University in 1998. His research interests are folklore and literature, Southern American literature, and portfolios for teaching and assessment. Since graduation from OSU, Kevin has been teaching, first as a GTA at University of Kentucky, then at the University of Michigan-Dearborn as adjunct faculty, and finally at Madonna University as part- and full-time faculty. In addition to teaching, Kevin advises students, has written several articles and encyclopedia entries, and served as the Chair of the ECA Department at Madonna from 1998-2000. Kevin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Ferrell was first introduced to the field of Folklore as an MA student in Folk Studies at Western Kentucky University in 1997, and is thrilled and honored to return as an Assistant Professor after earning her PhD at OSU in 2009. Although not originally from Kentucky, she realizes that she's now spent more time there than in any other state. Kentucky truly is beginning to feel like home for her. At WKU, she enjoys working with esteemed colleagues in the field and engaged/engaging undergraduate and graduate students; welcomes opportunities to participate in public folklore; and looks forward to taking her fieldwork with Kentucky farmers in exciting new directions.
Sandra Garner is Assistant Professor and Heanon Wilkins Fellow at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in 2010; her dissertaton is titled "Roads to and from Sun Dance: Reclamations and Revitalizations of an Indigenous Religious Tradition."
Ben Gatling is a lecturing fellow at Duke University through the Thompson Writing Program where he teaches intensive writing courses in Islamic Studies. Ben defended his dissertation, "Post-Soviet Sufism: Texts and the Performance of Tradition in Tajikistan," directed by Margaret Mills, in summer of 2012.
Kirsi Haenninen is a Post-doctoral Fellow in History and Ethnology at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. She was a Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. graduate (2009) from the Department of Comparative Studies. Her dissertation is titled The Construction of Self in Finnish First-Person Supernatural Encounter Narratives. She focused on Folklore Studies and has a strong interest in Religious Studies and Narrative Studies. She received her M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of Turku, Finland. In addition to studying stigmatization and revitalization of the supernatural and construction of normalcy in Finnish first person supernatural encounter narratives, her research interests include history and theory of the discipline of folklore, modernization processes in Europe and social-constructionist approaches to emotions. She has worked in academia, archives and NGOs, both in the US and in Europe and served as the archivist at the OSU Center for Folklore Studies while a student. Kirsi is currently conducting ethnographic research on migrant workers' experiences in Finland, with a special interest in cross-cultural encounters in healthcare.
Trudier Harris earned her M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1973) from The Ohio State University, which presented her with its inaugural Award of Distinction for the College of Humanities in 1994. Trudier taught at the College of William and Mary in Virginia for six years before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches courses in African American literature and folklore. She has lectured and published widely in her specialty areas of African American literature and folklore. In addition to lecturing throughout the United States, she has lectured in Jamaica, Canada, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy, and England. She has published articles and book reviews in such journals as Callaloo, Black American Literature Forum, Studies in American Fiction, and The Southern Humanities Review. Her authored books include From Mammies to Militants: Domestics in Black American Literature (1982); Exorcising Blackness: Historical and Literary Lynching and Burning Rituals (1984); Black Women in the Fiction of James Baldwin (1985, for which she won the 1987 College Language Association Creative Scholarship Award); Fiction and Folklore: The Novels of Toni Morrison (1991); and The Power of the Porch: The Storyteller's Craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan (1996). She co-edited three volumes of the Dictionary of Literary Biography series on African American writers and edited three additional volumes. She edited New Essays on Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain (1996) for Cambridge University Press and co-edited The Oxford Companion to African American Literature (1997), Call and Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition (1998), and The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1998). During 1996-1997, she was a resident fellow at the National Humanities Center, where she worked on her latest book, which is a study of strong black women in African American literature. In the spring of 2000, she was awarded the William C. Friday/Class of 1986 Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Brooksie Harrington holds degrees in Speech Education and Spanish Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; certification in English Education from St. Andrew's College, Laurinburg, North Carolina; a Master's of Arts degree in African-American Literature; an additional Master's of Arts degree in English; and a Doctorate Degree in English from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Harrington's training in Educational Administration came from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Fortunately for Harrington, his travels with the First Lady of Gospel, Shirley Caesar, not only allowed his continued academic pursuits which resulted in his text, Shirley Caesar: A Woman of Words, (housed in the Schomburg Library, Harlem, New York) but also exposed him as a writer to many famous artists. He interviewed, accompanied, or wrote about such personalities as: Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews, Rev. James Cleveland, Dorothy Norwood, Cassietta George, Gloria Washington, Lou Rawls and Joe Lagon. Brooksie's personal website. Brooksie can be reached at email@example.com.
Rosemary V. Hathaway
Rosemary V. Hathaway is Assistant Professor of English at West Virginia University. She received her Ph.D. in English from Ohio State in 1998. She started teaching at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1999, offering undergraduate and graduate classes in folklore, American literature, the literary fairy tale, and women's detective fiction, among others. Rosemary's research interests include tourism and ethnicity, both in terms of how they get played out in folk contexts and in American literature. She did collaborative work with the Colorado state folklorists through the Colorado Council on the Arts and researching the folklore of the "Greeley smell." At WVU, Rosemary has continued to teach in her interest areas of folklore, American literature, young-adult literature, and English education, and has created an online archive of 9/11 e-lore. Rosemary can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anne Henochowicz graduated with her M.A. in Chinese literature and a GIS in folklore. She is the Senior Analyst for Chinese Social Media at the Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs. She provides reports on trends in the Chinese media and Internet for Washington and Beijing. She is also involved in broader social media projects, such as tweeting during the "night shift" for Amb. Roos in Tokyo after Japan's devastating tsunami. After work, she heads the Washington chapter of Wokai, a China-focused microfinance organization. From promoting cultural exchange to following Chinese Internet memes, folklore is a part of her daily work.
Terry Hermsen is an Assistant Professor of English at Otterbein College and is a long-time writer-in-the-schools with the Ohio Arts Council. Hermsen has visited numerous schools around the state teaching poetry. He holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Goddard College and a Ph.D. in Art Education from The Ohio State University, where he studied folklore with Amy Shuman and studied the connections between visual and verbal learning. He has published two chapbooks of his own poetry, 36 Spokes: The Bicycle Poems and Child Aloft in Ohio Theater. He also co-edited two anthologies: Teaching Writing from a Writer's Point of View (from National Council of Teachers of English) and O' Taste and See: Food Poems.
Frank LaRue is a 3rd year Honors undergraduate majoring in Classics (with a specialization in Latin and Ancient Greek) and minoring in Folklore and Philosophy. He has thus far been able to study the folklore of Ancient Greece and Rome, as well as that of 9th-12th Scandinavia. He also plans on pursuing interests in Irish and Russian folklore. He is currently a Resident Advisor in Lincoln House, and is looking into graduate school programs in Classics.
Selina Lim graduated with a Ph.D. in Political Science in 2007. Her dissertation is titled "Rethinking Albert O. Hirschman's 'Exit, Voice, and Loyalty': The Case of Singapore."
Timothy Lloyd is executive director of the American Folklore Society. Before coming to the Society, Lloyd served as executive director of Cityfolk, a nationally recognized folk arts organization located in Dayton, Ohio. Earlier still, he was deputy director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, before which he served as director of folk arts programs for the Ohio Arts Council and as a folklorist for the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Lloyd received his Ph.D. in American studies from The George Washington University, and his B.A. in comparative literature and M.A. in design from The Ohio State University. He has taught folklore at Colorado College, The George Washington University, The Ohio State University, and Utah State University. His research interests include American foodways, occupational culture, and the history of public practice in the field of folklore. He has published articles and reviews in the major American folklore journals, as well as essays and chapters in edited volumes, and co-authored Lake Erie Fishermen: Work, Identity and Tradition (University of Illinois Press), named the best maritime history book of 1990 by the North American Society for Oceanic History.
Tim Lundgren graduated in 1996 with a Ph.D. in English. His dissertation focused on Medieval outlaw legends. Tim continues his folklore research in a variety of topics including medieval folklore and the folklore surrounding automobiles. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor and now practices environmental and telecommunications law in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with the law firm of Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett. Tim can be reached at email@example.com.
Mary Manning earned her Masters degree in English Literature from The Ohio State University where her focus was American Literature and folklore, and especially the relationship between the two disciplines. Her work for the last two years has involved the analysis of a collection of over two hundred folktales "The Ohio Valley Folk Research Project," which was put together in the 1950s and 1960s by an amateur folklorist from Chillicothe named David Knowlton Webb. The study looks closely at the relationship between amateur and academic folklorists during the mid-twentieth century. She has served as archivist for the Center for Folklore Studies at The Ohio State University and is very excited about participating in the OSU Cares Appalachian Project, a joint project put into motion by OSU's Center for Folklore Studies and the South District Extension Program and supported by a number of other organizations. Mary can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex McDougal-Webber graduated from OSU with a B.A. in Comparative Studies in June, 2010.
Elisabeth Nixon was a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the Ohio State University, completing her studies in 2006. She has been an instructor of cultural studies for Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. For the past several years, she has been active in the areas of folklore and folklife studies, conducting research in foodways, folk belief, material culture, and festivals, celebration, and holidays. She served as an intern with TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York), where she spent 2 1/2 months working on a project entitled, "Register of Very Special Places." The intent of this project was to document traditional centers of small town activities that have either been recently replaced or are in danger of disappearing, and to explore the relationship between the people to the site as social gathering place, as source of local customs and expressions, as provider of essential services, and as examples of vernacular architecture, including Santa's Workshop (a 1950's theme park), a one-room school house (which was used from 1897-1989) on Grindstone Island, a turn-of-the-carousel, and a "Michigan" hot dog stand, among other places. A publication followed in 2001. Elisabeth has been a co-convener for the Folk Belief and Folk Religion Section of the American Folklore Society, book review editor for FFC, and founder of OSU's Folklore Student Association.
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Rachel Paiscik is a International Student Advisor at Case Western Reserve University. She received a BA in Arabic and Folklore in 2013. Rachel participated in a study-abroad in Tunisia with Amideast's Learn and Serve program where she studied Tunisian Arabic and served as an English language fellow at an English learning village for university students. Since studying folklore, she has benefited from blending her artistic creativity with the critical perspective she has gained from her studies. You can see Rachel's artwork on her Facebook page.
Rachel is been recipient of:
Summer 2011 FLAS scholarship
Summer 2012 Ralph D. Mershon Study Abroad Scholarship
Summer 2012 Arts and Sciences Anne Rottersman Study Abroad Scholarship
Laura Pearce graduated in Summer 2011 with a major in International Studies and minors in Folklore and Chinese. She is interested in the areas of China and Russia, and in the interactions of pop culture and folklore, particularly fairy tales.
Kristin Peterson-Bidoshi graduated from OSU with a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures. She is assistant professor of Russian at Union College in Schenectady, NY. Kristin recently has published an article in the Summer 2006 issue of the Journal of American Folklore.
John Roberts is Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston. Dr. Roberts earned a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in folklore from Ohio State in 1976. He was a professor of African American and African studies and of English at Ohio State beginning in 1996, and is the former Dean of Arts and Humanities, and the former chair of the Department of African American and African Studies. Prior to coming to OSU, he was director of the Afro- American studies program and associate professor of folklore and folklife at Penn. Roberts is widely published in the areas of African American folklore and literature and also teaches American fiction and folklore, and folklore theory. He is the author of From Trickster to Badman: The Black Folk Hero in Slavery and Freedom and From Hucklebuck to Hip: Social Dance in the African American Community in Philadelphia. He is a past president of the both the American Folklore Society and the Association for African and African American Folklore, and served as Deputy Chair for the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. from 2000-2001.
Bruce Rosenberg graduated from Ohio State in 1965 with a Ph.D. in English. Currently he teaches in the Department of American Civilization at Brown University. Bruce can be reached at Bruce_Rosenberg@Brown.edu.
Daria Safronova is an adjunct instructor in Russian for Kodiak College at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Andrew Salinas earned his M.A. in English in 2002 and now works at the Amistad Research Center Civil Rights Oral History Survey Project New Orleans, LA. Andrew can be reached at email@example.com.
Terry Schoone-Jongen graduated with a Ph.D. in Theatre in 2007. His dissertation, "The Dutch-American Identity: Staging Memory and Ethnicity in Community Celebrations," has been published by Cambria Press. Terry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elo-Hanna Seljamaa is a researcher in the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore at the University of Tartu. She defended her dissertation, "A Home for 121 Nationalities or Less: Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Integration in Post-Soviet Estonia," in summer of 2012. Dorothy Noyes was her dissertation advisor.
Jack Shortlidge earned both a B.A. and M.A. in English at Ohio State and was A.B.D. at Ohio State in English with Folklore as his major study area. His research interests and activities include Public Folklore, especially planning and presenting a group's or artist's expressive traditions for various audiences; Folklife-in-Education programs; and Traditional and Popular music (especially in music with traditional roots, such as country, bluegrass, rock, some forms of jazz); Occupational lore and traditions and Film studies. Jack is currently a program officer for the Ohio Humanities Council. His work involves developing and implementing public humanities programs. Some of this work involves the process of evaluating and awarding grants to Ohio organizations engaged in humanities projects; other parts of his job are involved with programs produced by the Council itself, such as the OHC Speakers Bureau, the traveling Ohio Chautauqua (each summer), and literary discussion retreats for people to read and talk about workplace issues in their own professions. Jack can be reached at email@example.com.
Eric Shepherd is Associate Professor in the Department of World Language Education at the University of South Florida, where he teaches Chinese languages, traditions, and culture. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures in 2007; his dissertation title is A Pedagogy of Culture Based on a Chinese Storytelling Tradition. He is the author of Eat Shandong: From Personal Experience to a Pedagogy of a Second Culture (Ohio State University Foreign Language Publications, 2005) and has published articles on interpersonal relationships, etiquette and oral traditions in China. Professor Shepherd was trained as a Shandong fast tale performer by master storyteller Wu Yanguo and performs professionally in both China and the US.
Among his other accomplishments, Shepherd was featured in a USF news article about his innovative use of storytelling techniques in language teaching. His storytelling videos are avialable on YouTube.
Martha Sims (firstname.lastname@example.org) earned her M.A. from Ohio State in 1989. Her initial academic work in folklore was an analysis of food and foodways in contemporary fiction. Since then, she has expanded her study, with work in two particular areas. Recently, she has researched and written on folk art, in particular how folk artists identify and expand their roles in their own communities through their art. For the last several years, her pedagogical study and practice consist of drawing together the disciplines of composition and folklore.
Joanna Spanos is a graduate of the Department of Comparative Studies. She received her B.S. with majors in Biology and History from Denison University, where she completed an interdisciplinary honors thesis examining historical uses of the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family. She received her M.A. in History from Pennsylvania State University, during which time she held a Weiss Interdisciplinary Fellowship. Her dissertation research explores the history and folklore of a nineteenth-century Pennsylvania German infanticide ballad. Previously, Joanna taught European and world history in a variety of settings, including an inner-city charter school and Columbus State. Joanna also works in the Arts and Sciences Honors Office.
Kimberly Spring (email@example.com) earned her M.A. in Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University, with a focus in folklore and religion, in Spring 2000. She is currently enrolled at George Washington University, Washington, DC, in the International Development Studies Program at the Elliott School for International Affairs. Her current focus and interests are how individuals and communities deal with development programs, how their identities shift in relation to development issues and what impact does it have on a person and/or a community to be labeled as "developed" or "underdeveloped." Kim's goal is to work as a facilitator or mediator (as part of a third party organization) between communities and development agencies, primarily in situations where conflicts have arisen because of differing cultural assumptions.
Catherine Tosenberger (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Assistant Professor of English (Children's Literature) at the University of Winnipeg. She received her M.A. in English (specializing in folklore) from OSU in 2001, and her Ph.D. in English (specializing in children's literature and folklore) from the University of Florida in 2007. Her dissertation was on Harry Potter fanfiction on the Internet, and she has published two articles on that topic; she has also written about the folklore-inspired television series Supernatural. She teaches courses on children's literature, fairy tales, and popular culture.
Mickey Weems is trained as a folklorist, anthropologist, and scholar in sexuality studies, peace studies, men's studies, somatics, and religious studies. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University in 2007, and published his first book, The Fierce Tribe: Masculine Identity and Performance in the Circuit, in 2008. Since 2003, Mickey and his husband Kevin Mason put on the Qualia Festival of Gay Folklife in Columbus, Ohio, every spring.
Lauren Welker received her Master's in Slavic and East European Studies in 2011, with interdisciplinary specializations in both Folklore Studies and Rural Sociology. Lauren was an active member of FSA from 2008-2011, and was Social Chair from 2009-2010. Since January 2012, she has been doing research in political anthropology for the Kettering Foundation, for which she draw's heavily on her background in physical anthropology, archaeology, and mythology. She is also involved with Kettering's international research network and the foundation's current project on deliberative communication in everyday life. This latter project draws on ethnographic and linguistic anthropological literatures. She has several independent projects simmering on back burners, including ethnonationalism and Russian pagan metal music, and GLBT protest and dissident culture in urban Russia.
Michael Wiatrowski earned his B.A. in 2010, with a double major in English and Comparative Studies. While at OSU he served as the Co-Chair and Treasurer of the Folklore Student Association, as a Committee Member for the Undergraduate Folklore Minor, and as the student assistant for Dr. Amy Shuman. He is now pursuing an M.A. in the Popular Culture program at Bowling Green University in Ohio, and intends to continue working towards a Ph.D. A short list of his areas of study includes the following: oral narrative and tradition, fairy tales, the quest of the Hero, ritual and performance, fakelore, ethnographic studies of "modern" subcultures, and religious myth.
Meagan Winkelman (email@example.com) earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in Folklore from Ohio State University in 2012. She is now working to earn her M.A. in Folklore from the University of Oregon. Her academic interests include: conspiracy theory belief, Internet folklore, teenage folk practices, delinquent foodways, social networking and online ethnographic displays.
Donna L. Wyckoff-Wheeler
Donna L. Wyckoff-Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org) received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities at the Ohio State University in 1994. She was Assistant Professor in the Department of American Culture and Literature at Baskent University in Ankara, Turkey, until 2001, when she left to pursue new teaching adventures in South Africa. She joined her department in 1996, and it was then beginning its second year of operation. Donna notes that it has been both a challenge and a joy to have been a part of Baskent University for the past 4 and a half years and to have participated in the development of the department. Donna met her current husband, Tom Wheeler, while in Turkey, and they were married there. Tom is a South African and a career diplomat. He has served in the US, England, Malawi, and Australia, and for several years was part of task-forces working to reunite the independent "Homelands" and to transform the Department of Foreign Affairs during the creation of the new Republic of South Africa. He has served as South Africa's ambassador in Turkey, and nonresidential ambassador to Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Donna writes that "marriage has conferred on me the temporary title of 'ambassadress.'"
Nancy Yan received her PhD from the English Department at the Ohio State University. She graduated from the the George Washington University in Washington DC in 1994 with a degree in international affairs. After working in DC, she relocated to San Francisco and became involved with grassroots organizing, immigrant rights issues, youth leadership, and electoral politics. She served as a field organizer for the California Democratic Party in 1998 and a District Organizer for the San Francisco Labor Council's electoral efforts in 1999 and 2000. Her dissertation research examines Chinese restaurants in the American context as sites of contested authenticity and American identity.