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Joanna Spanos

Joanna Spanos

Joanna Spanos

Senior Academic Advisor and Staff Assistant, Arts and Sciences Honors Advising; The Ohio State University


(614) 292-5104

3180 Smith Lab
174 West 18th Avenue

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Areas of Expertise

  • Folklore Studies
  • 19th Century Cultural Studies
  • Heritage Festivals
  • Predictors and facilitation of student success
  • Historical Ethnography
  • Medical Humanities


  • Ph.D. Comparative Studies, Ohio State University, 2013
  • Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Folklore, Ohio State University, 2013
  • M.A. History, Pennsylvania State University, 2000
  • B.S. Biology and History, Denison University, 1997

Joanna Spanos is Senior Academic Advisor and Staff Assistant in the Arts and Sciences Honors Office. Joanna’s professional role involves working with undergraduate honors students on their academic programs and pre-professional and pre-graduate school preparation. She also serves as the coordinator for the Arts and Sciences Honors Peer Mentor Program and is the lead instructor for the Program’s survey courses. Joanna teaches Arts and Sciences 1100.01H (University Survey) and, upon occasion, academic courses in the Department of Comparative Studies. Joanna’s academic research interests involve festivals, historical ethnography, and medical humanities. In her professional role, she conducts research on peer-to-peer interactions, the transition to college, and the applicability of Advanced Placement credit.