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Judith McCulloh Award for Lifetime Service to the Field

This award is named for Judith McCulloh (1935-2014), a driving force for excellence and leadership in book and journal publishing in folklore, ethnomusicology, and music history, and the creator of and prime mover behind the "Folklore in Society" and "Music in American Life" book series for the University of Illinois Press.

It recognizes extraordinary contributions in service that advance the visibility and success of the American Folklore Society or the field of folklore studies. The awardee is honored at the American Folklore Society annual meeting, and is given a certificate and a $500 honorarium.


This award will be given from time to time; each spring we will review any nominations submitted by the deadline. To nominate a candidate for the award, please submit (as a single PDF) a cover letter and supporting materials detailing the rationale for the candidate's nomination, by March 1 to AFS Executive Director Jessica Turner at

The entire nomination package, including the cover letter, should be no longer than 25 pages. Supporting materials should include a summary of achievements, possibly including: positions held; publications and other productions; professional service; degrees; awards, grants, and honors;
letters from colleagues; and other evidence that speaks to outstanding contributions to furthering the Society or the field of folklore studies.

Nominees not selected in the year of their original nomination are kept in consideration for two more years.

Past Judith McCulloh Award Recipients:

Tom Davenport, Folkstreams (2018)

Timothy Lloyd, American Folklore Society, retired (2014)

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