Current Student Bios
Nicole Constant is a first year M.A. student from Florida. She received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Anthropology from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include the influence of mythology and fairy tales on pop culture and the culture of cult classic movie followings, particularly the following of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She completed her undergraduate thesis on the classical allusions of the character names in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series. Her other passions include choral music, theater, costuming, tabletop gaming, and Halloween.
Sarah Fisher is a second year Master’s student in the Folklore Program. She graduated in 2015 from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in English and History. Prior to that, she graduated in 2012 from Penn State with an A.S. in Business Administration. She is fascinated with mythology in literature and society, especially in regards to connections between myths and cultures. Her research goals center on cultural anthropological approaches towards literature and history, specifically in the areas of countercultures and ethnomusicology. Her favorite areas of research include Ancient Greek myths, Celtic literature, and the fascinating Beat Generation.
Tamara LeRoy is a first year Master’s student in Public Folklore. She graduated in 2016 from UO with a B.S. in Anthropology, and is interested in using qualitative methods as a tool for revealing quantitative data that can be used to identify, address, and communicate issues of structural inequity. She has served as Project Coordinator for the Latino Roots Project for two years, and intends to continue her work with the project indefinitely. Outside of academia, Tamara works as a farm hand, stage manager, and musician, but is most frequently externally identified as “Mom, mom, mom” by her three children.
Brad McMullen is a second year Master’s student in the Folklore Program. After earning a B.A. in Folklore & Mythology from Harvard University, he went to Wales for a year where he researched Welsh tall tales at the University of Cardiff. His other research interests include Celtic folklore in general, Nordic folklore, international tall tale traditions, the relationship between folklore and modern media, oral history, and the presentation of folklore and folk materials to the public.
Kirk Peterson is a first year M.A. student in the Folklore Program. He grew up on the Allegheny Plateau in Western Pennsylvania and Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley immersed in the folklore and folkways of his family and neighbors. After graduating with a B.F.A in Film and Television from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, he lived and worked in New York City and Portland, Oregon. At Portland State University he studied Anthropology and World Literature, focusing on ethnographic method and narratology. His current areas of interest involve the dynamic nature of folklore diffusion techniques and how they interact with contemporary media forms.
Hillary Tully is a first year M.A. student from Tallahassee, Florida. She received her B.A.s in English and in International Affairs and has been working for the past few years in public health. She is interested in the relationships between people, place, and ecology, and the traditions surrounding them. Her most important life experiences include growing up in the South and in the Pentecostal church, bike-riding across the country, studying abroad in Peru, and spying on wild animals.