Mariah Marsden

Mariah  Marsden

Mariah Marsden

PhD Student

(614) 292-6065

515 Denney Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Folklore
  • Rural Print Culture
  • Narrative
  • Ozark Studies
  • Creative writing


  • MA, English, The Ohio State University, 2019
  • MFA, Creative Writing & Media Arts, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2017
  • BA, Literature & Theory, William Jewell College, 2013


Mariah E. Marsden  is a graduate student specializing in the study folklore and narratives—both oral and written. Her work on rural print culture explores the intersection of institutional and vernacular discourses, from contemporary farm books and cooperative magazines to nineteenth-century agricultural bulletins and ledgers. Through archival research and ethnographic interviews, she tackles such topics as rural electrification, courtship narratives, and the politics of arrowhead hunting. She also analyzes narratives of place, ranging from the rural region of the Missouri Ozarks to the imagined geography of tabletop gaming spaces.