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Roster of Promotion and Tenure Reviewers

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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


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


Katherine Borland

433 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43201

Phone: (614) 247-0045


PhD, 1994 Indiana University, Folklore

Associate Professor, Comparative Studies in the Humanities

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

Phone: 801/581-7993


PhD 1978, University of Texas at Austin

Full Professor

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

Phone: 717-948-6201

Fax: 717-948-6724


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

Phone: 210/458-5134

Fax: 210/458-5366


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.


Cecelia Conway

English Department, Appalachian State University, Boone NC 28608

Phone: 828/262-2350


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.


Bill Ellis

57 Brandywine Dr, Berlin, MD 21811-1914

Phone: 410/600-0448

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.


David Evans

Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, The University of Memphis, Memphis TN 38152

Phone: 901/678-3317


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.


Lee Haring

6 Cantine's Island Lane, Saugerties NY 12477

Phone: 845/247-0263


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

Phone: 719/262-4065


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.


Sabina Magliocco

Department of Anthropology, California State University, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge CA 91330

Phone: 818/677-3331

Fax: 818/677-2873


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 andcultural property issues

Geographical areas: Europe (Italy and the Mediterranean; Britain) and North America


Dorothy Noyes

Mershon Center, Ohio State University 1501 Neil Avenue, Columbus OH 43201-2602

Phone: 614/292-1681

Fax 614/292-2407


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

Phone: 305/348-3768

Fax: 305/348-3561


PhD 1991, History, University of California, Berkeley

Associate Professor

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

Phone: 919/962-1572

Fax: 919/962-1613


PhD 1993, Indiana University

Associate Professor

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


Amy Shuman

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

Phone: 614/537-8043


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

Tok Thompson

Department of Anthropology, 350 Kaprielian Hall, 352, 3620 S. Vermont Avenue, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089


PhD 2002 Anthropology, U. C. Berkeley

Associate Professor of Teaching, Anthropology & Communications

My areas of expertise and interest include Irish and Celtic, Native American, languages & revitalization movements, global and glocal studies, internet and cyberlore, mythology, ethnicity and identity, gender, and posthumanism.

Elizabeth Tucker

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

Phone: 864/587-4215


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

Phone: 913/897-8572


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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