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TimothyLloyd has served as the executive director of the American Folklore Society since 2001.

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 and the Maryland State Arts Council.

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.

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, and has lectured, at several Chinese universities. In August 2012 he served a residency for the Fulbright Specialist Program at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland.

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.

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 was 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.


Cashman manages the Society's annual meeting, edits the website, and coordinates sections.

Paulina Guerrero
began work as the membership director of the American Folklore Society in 
August 2015.

A native of the Maryland/DC area, Guerrero earned an MA in folklore from George Mason University and is presently ABD in folklore at Indiana University. She has served as a graduate assistant in IU's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, has experience in folk festival and event production for the Maryland Traditions program and the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and has spent more than a decade in administrative, management, and programming positions at several non-profit social service and cultural organizations. As Membership Director, she manages AFS's relations with its members and works collaboratively with the Executive Board, Membership Committee, and Sections, and with folklore centers in the academy, government, and the non-profit world. She also takes care of day-to-day financial activities and communications.

Shannon K. Larson
joined the American Folklore Society staff as a graduate assistant in August 2015.

Larson received her BA in English and creative writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. From there she went on to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Vietnam and the Czech Republic before enrolling in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University in 2010. Larson completed an MA in folklore and MLS in library science at Indiana University in 2013. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in folklore specializing in belief studies, supernatural traditions and narrative. Her dissertation examines contemporary legends and beliefs surrounding abandoned psychiatric hospitals in the United States and United Kingdom. Larson has taught a variety of undergraduate folklore courses for IU's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the Collins Living Learning Center. She has also worked as an archival processor for IU’s Office of Archives and Records Management.

Larson keeps the Society's calendar and news and career centers current, and assists senior staff on a variety of projects.

Former AFS Staff

Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Charles Camp, 1981–1986
Timothy Lloyd, 1986–1991

Shalom Staub, 1991–2000

Associate Director

Brent Björkman, 2005–2007
Maria Teresa Agozzino, 2007–2009

Administrative and Editorial Associate

Rob Vanscoyoc 2011-2015

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