|Roster of Promotion and Tenure Reviewers|
This is a roster of American Folklore Society members who are willing to serve as outside members of promotion and tenure review committees. Individuals are on this roster because they have submitted their contact and expertise information to AFS. All information on this roster is given as provided by the individuals below, and AFS makes no claim as to the accuracy or completeness of that information.
To be included on this roster, please e-mail your name and contact information; the date, institution, and field of your highest degree; your present academic rank; and a summary of those areas of scholarship, teaching, and service in which you could serve as a reviewer to email@example.com.
Harris M. Berger
MS 4240, Department of Performance Studies, Texas A&M University, College Station TX 77843-4240
PhD 1995, folklore/ethnomusicology
Professor of Music and Performance Studies
My areas of expertise include theory in folklore and ethnomusicology, American popular music, performance theory and performance studies, ethnographic approaches to music and expressive culture, phenomenological approaches to music and expressive culture. For more information, please see my home page at http://performancestudies.tamu.edu/berger/.
433 Hagerty Hall
PhD, 1994 Indiana University, Folklore
Area of expertise: Latin American folklore/performance; festival; dance; oral history/oral narrative. I am particularly interested in comparative folklore studies, transmission, cosmopolitanism, human rights and action research.
Margaret K. Brady
Department of English, University of Utah, 255 South Central Campus Drive, Room 3500, Salt Lake City UT 84112
PhD 1978, University of Texas at Austin
Areas for reviews: folk narrative, American Indian folklore, women's folklore, Irish narrative, memoir, reminiscence, personal experience
Simon J. Bronner
Penn State University at Harrisburg, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057-4898
PhD, Folklore and American Studies, Indiana University, 1981
Distinguished University Professor of American Studies
Areas: Material Culture and Folklife, American Folklore and History, Folklore and American Studies theory and method, Jewish Culture, Ethnic Studies, Intellectual History, and Public Heritage.
Norma E. Cantú
The University of Texas at San Antonio, 6900 North Loop 1604 West, San Antonio TX 78249
PhD 1982, University of Nebraska, English
Professor of English
As a full professor in English, I have written numerous reviews of faculty in Latino studies, women's studies and of course in American literature, and I feel qualified to do them for folklorists as well. Areas of special expertise: oral traditions and feasts and celebrations.
Jo Ann Cavallo
Department of Italian, 514 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University, New York NY 10027
Phone: 732/573-9729 (home)
PhD 1987, Yale, Italian
Associate Professor (tenured)
My primary area of research is the Italian medieval-Renaissance romance epic. Since 1997 I have been studying chivalric narratives in popular oral traditions such as the Tuscan-Emilian epic 'maggio' (dubbed "folk opera" by Alan Lomax) and Sicilian puppet theater. More broadly, I am interested in epic themes in the traditional cultures of Europe as well as all Italian folk traditions.
English Department, Appalachian State University, Boone NC 28608
PhD 1980, University of North Carolina
Specialties in Southern folklore and films--especially music and its African and Scots and Irish roots. Contemporary literature--especially Appalachian, Southern, American ethnic, etc.
57 Brandywine Dr, Berlin, MD 21811-1914
Fax: 410/600-0448 (call first)
PhD 1978, The Ohio State University
Professor Emeritus, English and American Studies
Areas of expertise: Contemporary folklore, including urban legends, rumors, Internet lore, topical jokes, virtual communities, memes/Photoshopped humor, and conspiracy theories. I have an interest in new religions, including the Neo-Pagan movement, Satanism, Charismatic Christian movements, and the ways in which these groups construct their images of the Others. Another topic of interest is ostension, or the ways in which folklore influences real-life behavior, particularly in the form of rumor-panics or crusades against legendary threats such as Satanic cults. More recently I have been studying the appropriation of folktale motifs and structures in Japanese manga and anime and the ways in which this cluster of popular culture inspires new forms of folklore in a multicultural, Internet-linked network.
Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, The University of Memphis, Memphis TN 38152
PhD 1976, Folklore and Mythology, UCLA
Professor of Music
My areas of specialization are American folk music, Afro-American folk music and folklore, and comparative mythology.
6 Cantine's Island Lane, Saugerties NY 12477
PhD 1961, Columbia University
Professor Emeritus of English, Brooklyn College
I could evaluate work in literary theory, folklore-and-literature, African cultural studies, colonialism and postcolonialism.Suzanne P. MacAulay
Visual and Performing Arts, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs CO 80933
PhD 1992, University of Pennsylvania, Folklore and Folklife
Chair and Associate Professor of Art History, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
As a folklorist and art historian, my academic experience is applicable to the humanities realm, particularly, fine arts. Although I have never held a "straight" folklorist position, I have integrated folklore and its methods into most of the art history courses that I have taught. My expertise is in non-European art, e.g., Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, Southeast Asian, international Folk Art, and issues in Museum Studies. My experience is germane to tenure candidates working in interdisciplinary situations and to academic committees, who are evaluating contributions of a professionally trained folklorist in an academic discipline outside folklore.
I created a culturally-based art history program for a fine arts department within a polytechnic institute in New Zealand and taught there for nine years. My international academic background, which was a synthesis of folklore and art history (most of my research and publications are based on ethnography and material culture), is valuable in situations where the international application of folklore practice needs interpretation.
Department of Anthropology, California State University, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge CA 91330
PhD 1988, Indiana University
Associate Professor, California State University, Northridge
Interests: narrative (esp. legend), ritual and festival, vernacular religion and belief, magic, witchcraft, new religions, religious material culture; knowledge production and power; oppositionality and resistance; critical theory; ethnicity and identity; globalization and
cultural property issues
Geographical areas: Europe (Italy and the Mediterranean; Britain) and North America
Mershon Center, Ohio State University 1501 Neil Avenue, Columbus OH 43201-2602
PhD 1992, Department of Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania
Associate Professor of Folklore, Departments of English, Comparative Studies, and Anthropology
Expertise: folklore theory; cultural politics; festival and public events; European and Mediterranean societies, particularly Catalonia and Spain
Joseph F. Patrouch
Department of History, Florida International University, Miami FL 33199
PhD 1991, History, University of California, Berkeley
One of the fields I prepared for my doctorate was in folklore, under the direction of Alan Dundes. Later I attended a NEH Summer Seminar on folk narrative at the University of Wisconsin, Madison under the direction of Jack Kugelmass. My general area of research is early modern central European history, with an emphasis on the Habsburg lands centered in Vienna. I am prepared to review research in German folklore and material culture. I am also interested in religious folklore, especially saints veneration practices. Recently I have become involved in issues relating to urban environments and am currently working on a collaborative project on Vienna in the modern period.
Patricia E. Sawin
Department of Anthropology and Curriculum in Folklore, CB# 3115, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC 27599-3115
PhD 1993, Indiana University
Areas for which I would be an appropriate reviewer: gender theory, narrative (especially personal narrative, women's narrative), performance and poetics, ethnography of speaking, politics of culture, festival, culture and globalization
Geographical areas: Appalachia, Louisiana, Latin America
Professor, Departments of English, Anthropology, and Women's Studies, The Ohio State University
421 Denney Hall; 164 West 17th Avenue, The Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio 43210-1370
PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Folklore and Folklife
Areas for which I would be an appropriate reviewer: narrative theory, folklore theory, general folklore studies, oral history, refugee studies, folklore and sociolinguistics, ethnographic methods, discourse analysis, cultural studies, disability studies
Department of English, Binghamton University
500 Magnolia Drive, Vestal, NY 13850
Office Phone: 607/777-2422; Home Phone: 607-757-0499
PhD, 1977, Indiana University, folklore; MA 1972,Buffalo State College, English
My areas of expertise include children's and adolescents' folklore, women's folklore, legend, and folklore of the supernatural. I have edited three journals (Folklore Forum, New York Folklore, and Children's Folklore Review) so can comment on candidates' editorial experience. Currently I am president of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research.
John R. (Jack) Williams
103 Coventry Court, Spartanburg SC 29301
PhD 1985, Indiana University, Folklore
Tenured professor of English, British Literature and English as a Second Language, and designing a college -wide program in ESL
Lyn A. Wolz
Regents Center Library, University of Kansas, Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park KS 66213
MA 1983, Folklore; MA 1975, Library Science
Director, Regents Center Library; tenured at the University of Kansas at associate professor rank
I could serve as a reviewer for people whose work concentrates on women folk song collectors in the English-speaking world. I could also review the work of someone whose folk music projects include compiling annotated bibliographies; indexing folk song resources such as books, journal articles, and manuscript collections; and developing folk song databases and websites.
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