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AFS Nominating Committee Announces 2020 Candidate Slate

Friday, October 9, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Walsh Cashman

The AFS Nominating Committee (chaired by Rachel González-Martin with members Luisa Del Giudice, Lisa Rathje, and Anika Wilson) has announced its slate of two candidates for each available office in the AFS 2020 election.

President-Elect (one to be elected for a four-year, 2021-2024 term):

Wanda Addison (National University)

Marilyn White (Kean University, retired)

Executive Board (three to be elected to three-year, 2021-2023 terms):

Margaret Magat (Independent)

Mintzi Martinez-Rivera (Providence College)

Fernando Orejuela (Indiana University)

Vanessa Navarro (HistoryMiami Museum)

Langston Colin Wilkins (Center for Washington Cultural Traditions)

Nancy Yan (Independent)

Nominating Committee (one to be elected to a three-year, 2021-2023 term):

Sarah Gordon (Memorial University Newfoundland)

Eric Cesar Morales (Philadelphia Folklore Project)

As described in the AFS Bylaws, Society members now have the opportunity to add names to this slate by petition. Here is the process:

No later than October 24, please submit the following materials by email to AFS Executive Director Jessica Turner (

  1. A petition signed by at least 10 current AFS members that names the candidate and the office for which s/he is being nominated (please submit as a PDF)
  2. A statement from the candidate agreeing to run (please submit as a PDF)
  3. A 100-word biographical summary for the candidate (please submit in .doc or .rtf format)
  4. A 250-word platform statement from the candidate responding to the question "What are the most significant opportunities or challenges now facing the Society, and how as [a member of the Executive Board / a member of the Nominating Committee] would you respond to those opportunities or challenges?" (please submit in .doc or .rtf format)

We will post biographical summaries and platform statements from all candidates on the elections page of the AFS web site on November 1.

We have invited all candidates to participate in a Candidates' Forum on Wednesday afternoon of the virtual annual meeting, and we invite all Society members who will be at the meeting to attend and hear the candidates speak. Secure online voting will begin around November 15 and will continue through December 31. Those elected will take office on January 1, 2021.

The Executive Board thanks the members of the Committee for their work to assemble this slate, and all candidates for their willingness to serve the field and Society.

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