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Folklore Student Association Members

Ohio State University's folklore graduate students are dedicated to furthering folklore research in their respective fields.

CFS folklore graduate students contribute significantly to the intellectual life of the Center and play leading roles in many of its social and academic activities, such as curriculum development, mentoring, organization of discussion groups and Colloquium presentations, public lectures, and conferences. They are engaged in a variety of scholarly research endeavors, including public programming, documentary, and academic media productions.

Current Members:

Zahra Abedinezhad-Mehrabadi: Zahra is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Studies and Folklore at The Ohio State University. Having backgrounds in Law (TMU, Iran) and in Folk studies (WKU), she is interested in exploring intersections between religious practices and social regulations/codes. She is currently working on mourning performances of Iranian women. Areas of expertise: Women's Folklore, Religious Folklife, Folk Art (ways of dress), Iranian Traditions and Culture, and Ethnography of Performance. 

Nicholas Booker: Nick is a Ph.D. student and graduate teaching associate in musicology and ethnomusicology. His research interests include postnational and transnational musical identities, tradition, heritage, commodification and globalization. He is currently focused on interactions between folk and traditional music communities in the Great Lakes region of North America and Cornwall in the southwest of Britain.

Brenna Miller: Brenna is a first-year PhD graduate student in Musicology at the School of Music. She received a dual Bachelors in Music and English from Florida State University. Brenna's research interests include Asian American musical identities in Appalachia and the music and theatre in Shanghai during World War II.

Daisy Ahlstone: Daisy studies environmental storytelling. How? Through the lens of folkloreeco-criticismposthumanism, and science & technology studies. Talk to them about legend, thylacines, extinction, material culture, metaphor, discourse analysis, digital communication, and more! They also collaborate on several folklore and community-centered projects, including the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (https://likenknowledge.org/), the Western States Folklore Society (http://www.westernfolklore.org/), and a Youtube and Twitch streaming channel called Folkwise, which brings the discipline of folklore to the next gen through digital platforms (https://www.twitch.tv/folkwise).

Emma Cobb: Former President and treasurer of FSA.

E. P. DeCarlo: Evan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English. He specializes in the study of folklore. DeCarlo is particularly interested in western informal traditions of the supernatural, particularly as historical traditions manifest today in literature, entertainment, and, most significantly, the world of internet media. DeCarlo's interests extend to Tolkien Studies and Anglo-Saxon poetry, literature, and culture, as well as the literary traditions of the American West. DeCarlo is also an enthusiast of Arthuriana, especially its history of contemporary adaptation. He has spent much of his time in academia studying the works of T.H. White.  From 2016-2019, DeCarlo was a faculty member in the Department of English at Southern Connecticut State University where he taught composition courses while earning his MA in English. DeCarlo is the published author of several short stories and a series of young adult novels.

Former Members:   

  • Puja Batra-Wells
  • Cristina Benedetti
  • Sheila Bock
  • Chloe Brown
  • Clayton Buffer
  • Chris Burney
  • Jason Bush
  • Erin Cahill
  • Sara Cleto
  • Sarah Craycraft
  • Catherine Dean-Haidet
  • Sarah Dunlap
  • Ann Ferrell
  • Sandra Garner
  • Ben Gatling
  • Levi Gibbs
  • Kirsi Haenninen
  • John Harris
  • Anne Henochowicz
  • Rachel Hopkin
  • Katherine Parker Horigan
  • Frank LaRue
  • Mariah Marsden
  • Amelia Mathews-Pett
  • Wesley Merkes
  • Nicole Musgrave
  • Nicole Nieto
  • Yi Fan Pai
  • Rachel Paiscik
  • Cassie Patterson
  • Daria Safronova
  • Elo-Hanna Seljamaa
  • Joanna Spanos
  • Brittany Warman
  • Lauren Welker
  • Michael Wiatrowski
  • Meagan Winkelman
  • Nancy Yan
  • Ziying You