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Timothy Lloyd 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 non-profit folk arts presenting organization in Dayton, Ohio. Before that 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 BA in literature and anthropology and his MA in design, both from The Ohio State University. He 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 initiatives to benefit the field, and manages the work of the Society's Executive Board. He represents the AFS within the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Alliance, UNESCO, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Lorraine Walsh Cashman joined the American Folklore Society staff 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 AFS sections.

Rosalind V. Rini Larson joined the American Folklore Society staff as a graduate assistant in August 2017.

Rini Larson received her dual BA in Folklore and Gender Studies from Indiana University in 2013. Her undergraduate training featured a five-month study abroad experience in Aix-en-Provence, France, as well as a summer researching in the renowned Kinsey Institute in Bloomington. She completed an MA in folklore at IU in 2013, and is currently a doctoral student in folklore specializing in narrative studies, conversational genres, and foodways. Her dissertation examines the role of communal cooking traditions in expressing and validating group identity among small-town Midwesterners. As a graduate student in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, she has taught a variety of undergraduate folklore courses as well as the folklore-themed section of the required public speaking course for IU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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

Meredith McGriff
joined the American Folklore Society as membership coordinator in September 2016.

McGriff received her BA in Japanese and BFA in ceramics magna cum laude from Ball State University (2007). She received her MA in folklore with a concentration in public practice (2014) and her PhD in folklore with a minor in art history (2016) from Indiana University. Her dissertation was based on ethnographic fieldwork with potters in northern Indiana and southern Michigan, and was focused on collaboration and community development in the arts. Her research interests include folk arts, occupational folklore, and embodied knowledge.

Before joining AFS, McGriff worked for a variety of academic, cultural, and arts organizations in and around the Bloomington area. As a graduate student in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, she taught introductory undergraduate folklore courses, and worked with the Indiana University Art Museum, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, and Traditional Arts Indiana. She also has experience as a freelance graphic designer.

McGriff manages AFS financial and member-database information, serves as designer and production editor for the annual meeting program book and annual report, and assists in the planning and production of the annual meeting.


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

Membership Director

Paulina Guerrero, 2015-2016

Administrative and Editorial Associate

Rob Vanscoyoc, 2011-2015

Graduate Assistant

Shannon K. Larson, 2015-2016
Jesse Fivecoate, 2016-2017

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