Cassie Patterson

Assistant Director, Center for Folklore Studies & Director of the Folklore Archives

Cassie Patterson is the Assistant Director of the Center for Folklore Studies and the Director of the Folklore Archives. Within folklore and Appalachian studies, Dr. Patterson's research interests include constructions of region, notions of place and home, the politics of commemoration and public display, and the acts of travel and staying put. She is particularly interested in the ways that Xennials and Millennials in the Appalachian region (re)create a sense of place for themselves in a changing environment. Together with Dr. Katherine Borland, Cassie co-created the Ohio Field School initiative, an archival collection and service-learning course teaching ethnographic methods through experiential learning.




Dr. Patterson's current book project is tentatively titled, Appalachian Xennials & Millennials: Creating a Sense of Place in a Small Post-Industrial Ohio City.


"Performance, Frame, and Identity in Harriette Simpson Arnow's 'The Goat Who Was a Cow.'" Seeking Home: Marginalization and Representation in Appalachian Letters and Song. Eds. Leslie H Worthington and Jürgen E. Grandt. The University of Tennessee Press: Knoxville, 2017.

"The Economics of Curation and Representation: Dialogues in the Commemorative Landscape of Portsmouth, Ohio." The Folklorist in the Marketplace: Conversations at the Crossroads of Vernacular Culture and Economics. Eds. Willow Mullins and Puja Batra-Wells. Utah State University Press, 2019.

Social Media

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Areas of Expertise
  • Folklore Studies
  • Appalachian Studies
  • Archives
  • Fieldwork and ethnography; collaborative ethnography
  • Home and place
  • Commemoration and public display
  • Post-industrial Ohio
  • Moral Geographies
  • Ph.D. English, Ohio State University, 2015
  • M.A. English, Ohio State University, 2009
  • Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Folklore, Ohio State University, 2009
  • B.A., English, California State University, San Bernardino, 2007
  • B.A., Philosophy, California State University, San Bernardino, 2007

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