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Daisy Ahlstone

Selfie taken by Daisy Ahlstone smiling with bleach blonde hair, black glasses, and wearing light brown overalls and a black t-shirt, outdoors on a gravel path with grass in the background.

Daisy Ahlstone

Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Instructor


Areas of Expertise

  • folklore
  • anthropocene
  • environmental storytelling
  • posthumanism
  • new materialism
  • public work and collaboration
  • civic professionalism


  • M.A. in English/Folklore from Utah State University
  • B.A. in Folklore from University of Oregon

Daisy Ahlstone is a folklorist studying environmental storytelling through the lens of folklore, eco-criticism, posthumanism, and community-engaged methodologies. They are interested in the ways legend, extinction, material culture, metaphor, and community interact. Daisy also collaborates on several folklore and community-centered projects, including the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (https://likenknowledge.org/), the Western States Folklore Society (http://www.westernfolklore.org/), and a YouTube and Twitch streaming channel called Folkwise, which approaches the study of tradition non-traditionally  (https://www.twitch.tv/folkwise).

Feel free to send me an email about my work, professional studies, or folklore! CV available via LinkedIn.



Tartaglia, Dominick, and Kaitlyn Kinney, Christine J. Widmayer, Anna Morel, Daisy Ahlstone, Jared L. Schmidt. 2023. “Becoming Folkwise: Sustaining Digital Community while Socially Distant.” Cultural Analysis (1): Pandemic & Politics. 

2023. “Gaming Extinction: Representations of the Thylacine in Video Games.” Thylacine: The History, Ecology and Loss of the Tasmanian Tiger, edited by Gareth Linnard and Branden Holmes, 176-179. CSIRO Publishing [Book received 2023 Whitley Award for Historical Zoology].

2023. “Narrating Perseverance: An Overview of Thylacines in Fiction.” Thylacine: The History, Ecology and Loss of the Tasmanian Tiger, edited by Gareth Linnard and Branden Holmes, 175. CSIRO Publishing [Book received 2023 Whitley Award for Historical Zoology].

2022. “Giving Life to Legends: Material Representation of Ostensive Behavior.” Western Folklore. 82(1): 3-59.

2018. “Thylacine Dreams: The Vernacular Resurrection of an Extinct Marsupial.” M.A. Thesis. (2019). Committee Members: Dr. Lynne McNeill (Chair), Dr. Christine Cooper-Rompato, and Dr. John McLaughlin. Utah State University: Logan: UT.

“Forbidden Foodways: Tide Pods, Ostensive Practice, and Intergenerational Conflict.” Co-Authored with Camille Sleight and Michelle Jones. Contemporary Legend 3.8 (2018): 86-112.


 2022. “Posthuman Folklore” by Tok Thompson. Western Folklore 81(1): 75-78.

 2021. “Lifelong Learning and Dementia: A Posthumanist Perspective” by Quinn, Jocey, and Claudia Blandon. Disability Studies Quarterly 41, no. 1 (Winter).

 2019. “Culture and Value: Heritage, Tourism and Property” by Regina Bendix. Western Folklore 78, no. 4 (Fall): 357-359.


2024. “EP 29: Daisy Ahlstone” Interviewed by Spencer George. Good Folk Podcast, Substack Podcasts. 01 February 2024. Audio, 01:07:45.

2023. “S2E1 Mark My Wizard (Research, Inclusivity, & Collaboration)” Interviewed by Perry Carpenter and Mason Amadeus. Digital Folklore Podcast, Apple Podcasts. 06 September 2023. Audio, 00:48:37.

 2021. “Episode 156 - Thylacines with Folklorist Daisy Ahlstone” Interviewed by Paul Romero and Ben Radford. Squaring the Strange, Apple Podcasts. 16 August 2021. Audio, 01:36:49.

2021. “Interview with… Daisy from Folkwise?” Interview by Dom Tartaglia. Discusses current dissertation research, environmental folklore, extinction, and thylacines. Twitch, Folkwise. 16 March 2021. Video, 01:03:20.


Find me on Social Media:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daisyahlstone/

Twitter: @thyla_daisy

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzj72KhvvLfz1E3oI3Bmt9A?view_as=subscriber

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/folkwise