Katherine Borland is the Director and Graduate Studies Advisor at the Center for Folklore Studies, and Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies.
She studies and teaches about the artfulness of ordinary life, and the ways in which traditional expressive arenas constitute contested terrain. She recently published International Volunteer Tourism: Critical Reflections on Good Works in Central America (co-edited with Abigail E. Adams, Palgrave 2013). Currently, she is engaged in two research projects: the ethics and aesthetics of solidarity activism, and an exploration of intersubjective meanings in women’s oral narrative, using the oral tales, letters, plays and performances of Beatrice Hanson as her text.
In her teaching she works to develop and hone student’s interpretive, synthesizing and analytic skills through shared inquiry, team research and writing. She is a passionate advocate of both experiential and discussion based pedagogies.
Research & Project Links
Interview with Beatrice Hanson (12/1986) by Katherine Borland. The audiofile reproduces the racetrack story upon which the article, "'That's Not What I Said': Interpretive Conflict in Oral Narrative Research," is based [Women's Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History, pp. 63-76. Eds. Sherna Berger Gluck and Daphne Patai. New York: Routledge, 1992]. A transcript of the narrative is available in "Horsing Around with the Frame: The Negotiation of Meaning in Women's Verbal Performance," Praxis (Spring 1990): 83-107.