About Us


The Center for Folklore Studies at the Ohio State University supports the learning, teaching, research and outreach of folklorists and students of folklore. With participation from across the University, the Center promotes interdisciplinary dialogue about the important role of vernacular knowledge and practice in all areas of human activity, from confronting climate change to battling food insecurity, from understanding aging to transforming urban neighborhoods. Center activities include:

  • Coordinating the folklore course offerings across departments and advising students
  • Facilitating research and outreach projects of both local and international scope
  • Organizing lectures, conferences, and workshops
  • Providing organizational and financial support to folklore-related activities across campus
  • Maintaining an archives of over 12,000 recordings and projects, a testament to over half a century of folklore research at OSU
  • Conducting ethnographic research with Ohio communities and supporting archival collections across the state.

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To support the Center for Folklore Studies--including faculty and student research, and programming--visit our Support page. To learn more about how your donations support Center activities, visit our events page and check our updates on the Patrick Mullen Endowment and Prize page.

General Contact Information
218 Ohio Stadium (enter between gates 18-20 on the east side)
1961 Tuttle Park Place
Columbus, OH 43210
Telephone: (614) 292-1639

Center for Folklore Studies Staff


Dr. Katherine Borland
434 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road South