Afsane Rezaei

PhD Student & CFS Graduate Administrative Associate

Afsane Rezaei is a PhD student in Comparative Studies concentrating in Folklore. She received her M.A in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University in 2014, and has a B.A in English Language and Literature. Afsane specializes in the Iranian contemporary culture, and is interested in the intersection of folklore, religion, and politics. She has done research on multiple topics including political humor in social media, women’s vernacular religious rituals, folklore and nationalism, and women’s narratives of resistance. Afsane was the 2014 winner of the Bill Ellis graduate student paper prize from the New Directions in Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society.

Areas of Expertise
  • Folklore and New Media
  • Anthropology of the Middle East
  • Women's Domestic Culture
  • Vernacular religion
  • M.A., Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University
  • B.A., English Literature, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

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