Timothy Lloyd has served as the executive director of the American Folklore Society since 2001. His office is located at The Ohio State University in Columbus, where he serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of English.
Before coming to the Society, Lloyd served as executive director of Cityfolk, a nationally recognized folk arts organization located in Dayton, Ohio. Earlier still, he was assistant director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Earlier in his career he served for 14 years as director of folk arts programs for the Ohio Arts Council and as a staff folklorist for the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
Lloyd received his PhD in American studies from The George Washington University, with specialties in American folklore and cultural history, 19th-century American literature, and African art and culture. His research interests include American foodways, occupational culture, and the history of public practice in the field of folklore. He has published articles and reviews in the major American folklore journals, and co-authored Lake Erie Fishermen: Work, Identity and Tradition (University of Illinois Press), named the best maritime history book of 1990 by the North American Society for Oceanic History.
Lloyd has served as a board and committee member or consultant for many organizations, including the French-American Foundation, the Fund for Folk Culture, the Michigan Council on the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Michigan State University Museum, the Ministry of Culture and Communication of the Republic of France, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Recording Preservation Board, the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohio Humanities Council, the Ohio State University Libraries, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Lloyd raises funds for and coordinates all of the Society's special projects, including its partnership with the China Folklore Society and other institutions in China, the National Folklore Archives Initiative, the Consultancy and Professional Development Program, and the Society's long-standing relationship with the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. He represents the AFS within the American Council of Learned Societies (on one of whose executive committees he serves), the National Humanities Alliance, UNESCO, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
In November 1998 he took part in a French government-sponsored study tour of local, regional, and national écomusées throughout France. He is a visiting professor of folklore at several Chinese universities. In August 2012 he served a residency for the Fulbright Specialist Program at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, and in June 2015 he will serve on the faculty of the Folklore Fellows Summer School on the island of Seili off Finland's southwestern coast.
Lorraine Walsh Cashman joined the American Folklore Society as associate director in April 2009.
Cashman received her BA in English and anthropology magna cum laude from Brown University (1988). She received her MA in English with a minor in folklore from Indiana University (1996), concentrating on narrative and genre theory and the relationships between folklore and literature. She also earned an MIS in Information Science (2000) from Indiana University, focusing on computer-mediated communication and instructional technology. Cashman taught introductory writing and literature classes at Indiana University, and is a lecturer for The Ohio State University Department of English.
Before AFS, she served as multimedia editor of web-based curricular material for the Agency for Instructional Technology in Bloomington, Indiana, and managing editor of The Information Society, a quarterly journal publishing research in social informatics. Earlier, she was the editorial associate at the Center for Foreign Policy Development of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.
Rob Vanscoyoc began work as administrative and editorial associate of the American Folklore Society in September 2011.
Rob received his BA in English summa cum laude from The Ohio State University in 2008. During his undergraduate studies in literature and folklore, he served as research assistant to an OSU folklore faculty member. In 2011, he received his MA from Ohio State, where he studied folklore and American literature and taught composition, and received the Patrick B. Mullen Prize for graduate scholarship in folklore. Before taking on full-time work with AFS, Rob worked part-time as an AFS student office assistant beginning in spring 2010.
Former AFS Staff
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