Timothy Lloyd is executive director of the American Folklore Society. Founded in 1888 by a collective of humanities scholars, museum anthropologists, and private citizens--including author Mark Twain and US President Rutherford B. Hayes--the Society (www.afsnet.org) is the leading organization in the US for scholarship and public education about folklore, folk art, and folk culture. Its more than 2,200 members and subscribers are scholars, teachers, and libraries at colleges and universities; professionals in arts and cultural organizations; and community members involved in folklore work. Many of its members live and work in the US, but their interests in folklore stretch around the world, and today about one in every eight AFS members is from outside the US.
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 PhD in American studies from The George Washington University, and his BA in comparative literature and MA 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.
Lloyd has served as a board and committee member or consultant for many organizations, including the French-American Foundation, the Fund for Folk Culture, the Michigan Council on the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Michigan State University Museum, the Ministry of Culture and Communication of the Republic of France, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, the National Recordings Preservation Board, the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohio Humanities Council, the Ohio State University Libraries, and the Smithsonian Institution. He represents the AFS within the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Alliance, UNESCO, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Institute of Language and History at Shandong University in Jinan, China.
- American foodways
- Occupational culture
- History of public folklore
- PhD, American Studies, George Washington University
- MA, Design, The Ohio State University
- BA, Comparative Literature, The Ohio State University