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Folklore Program at University of Wisconsin Joins Merged Department

Monday, July 29, 2013   (0 Comments)
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From Robert Glenn Howard, Chair of the new Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison:

The interdisciplinary folklore program at the University of Wisconsin, established in 1984, is now part of the newly merged Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies (CLFS). We are in the process of establishing BA, MA, and PhD degrees in folklore and will be welcoming graduate student applications focused on research in folklore studies this winter.

Our folklore faculty includes:

Professor and Chair:
• Robert Glenn Howard (digital folklore and vernacular religion, everyday communication in contemporary North American and global contexts)

• Thomas A. DuBois (Northern European folklore and folk belief; Finnish, Sámi, Swedish, and Baltic cultures)
• James P. Leary (folk art, folk song, narrative, and custom; cultures of indigenous and immigrant peoples in America's Upper Midwest; labor lore and occupational folklore)

Associate Professors:
• Christine Garlough (folkloric performance; feminist, political, and critical theory; the cultures of Indian and diasporic South Asia)
• Janet Gilmore (festival and food ways; public folklore; historical and cultural preservation; occupational folklore)
• Theresa Schenk (women’s folklore; ethnographic methods; American Indian cultures)

Faculty Associates:
• Ruth Olson (folk art and festival; public folklore; historical and cultural preservation; American folklore)
• Scott Mellor (historical Scandinavian linguistics)

We welcome queries and applications from prospective students. For more information, please contact Robert Glenn Howard, Chair ( or Thomas A. DuBois, Director of Graduate Studies (    

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