LINDA PERSHING, Professor of Women’s Studies, California State University, San Marcos
My research and teaching
focus on the politics of culture and the ways in which marginalized groups have
used folklore to resist repressive or oppressive social conditions. I earned my PhD from the Center for
Folklore and Ethnomusicology/
I look forward to the possibility of serving on the AFS Nominating Committee. As a member of the Committee, I would be especially interested in encouraging participation on the Board by a wider range of folklorists, including an increase in the number of Black/African American, Latina/o, Asian American, Native American, members who identify with other underrepresented groups, LGBTQ members, folklorists whose work focuses on social justice issues, and young folklorists. In order to be relevant to contemporary scholarship and praxis, it is essential that the interests and perspectives of those who have been underrepresented in the past have a central role in shaping the future of the society. I would work hard to identify folklorists who can add new points of view and a wider array of expertise to the AFS Board. I am also dedicated to the inclusion of young folklorists in the society. For the past decade, I have invited my undergraduate students to attend AFS annual meetings and co-present research projects that we were working on together. As a member of the AFS Nominating Committee, I would make a special effort to seek out nominations of young and upcoming folklorists.