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Martha Sims

Martha Sims

Martha Sims

Independent Folklorist


Areas of Expertise

  • Folklore: special interest in folk art and material culture
  • Composition
  • Basic writing


  • Ph.D., English, The Ohio State University
  • M.A., The Ohio State University
  • B.A., The Ohio State University

living folklore textbook by martha sims


Martha Sims' current research focuses on the art and communicative significance of tattoos, in particular tattoos related to chronic illness (such as Multiple Sclerosis). She is the author of papers on folk art and artists; ethnography and composition; and service learning. Sims has taught and developed service-learning composition courses focusing on collecting oral history and collecting community perceptions of local culture in the University District and Columbus' Mt. Vernon Avenue neighborhood through  the King-Lincoln District. She is the author, with Martine Stephens, of Living Folklore, an introductory folklore textbook published by Utah State University Press.

Selected Publications