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Folklore and Public Culture Faculty and Staff

Martha Bayless, Program Director
Professor, English
Folklore and Public Culture Core Faculty
Office: 344 PLC
Phone: (541) 346-3930

Daniel Wojcik, Director of Graduate Studies
Professor, English and Folklore Studies

Office: 463 PLC
Phone: (541) 346-3946

Beth Magee, Program Secretary
Office: 118 PLC
Phone: (541) 346-1505
Office hours: M-F 8am-12pm

Core Faculty

Martha Bayless, Professor (medieval popular culture — magic, food, games, dance, oral traditions — Old English, Middle English, and medieval Welsh), B.A., 1980, Bryn Mawr College; M.A. 1984, PhD 1991, University of Cambridge.

Doug Blandy, Professor (art and community service, art and special populations) B.S., 1974, Ohio; M.A., 1979; Ph.D., 1983, Ohio State.

Dianne DugawProfessor (British folklore, ballads, folk song, 18th-century literature) B.A., 1971, Portland; M.Mus., 1974, Univ. of Colorado; Ph.D., 1982, UCLA.

Gantt GurleyAssociate Professor, Program Director, Judaic Studies (German and Scandinavian folklore, narratology, fairy tales, Icelandic Saga) B.S., 1994, Bard College; M.A., 2002, UC Berkeley; PhD., 2007, UC Berkeley.

Habib Iddrisu, Assistant Professor (ethnomusicology and dance, Africa) B.A., 2002 (Africana Studies) Bowling Green State University, Ohio; M.A., 2004 (African History) Bowling Green State University, Ohio; Ph.D., 2011 (Performance Studies) Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois.

Leah Lowthorp, Assistant Professor (folklore and gender, fieldwork methods and theory, social justice, South Asian folklore) B.A., 2003, UC Berkeley; M.A., 2005, University of Pennsylvania; M.A., 2007, Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales (Nice, France); Ph.D., 2013, University of Pennsylvania.

Dorothee Ostmeier, Professor (18th and 20th century German Literature, Culture, Philosophy with special focus on Poetry, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, Gender Studies, and Holocaust Literature) Staatsexamen 1984, M.A. Ruhr Universität Bochum 1985, P.h.D. Johns Hopkins.

Riki Saltzman, Instructor (public folklore, foodways, ethnicity/identity, British folklore) B.A., 1977, University of Delaware; M.A., 1980, University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., 1988, University of Texas at Austin.

Gordon Sayre, Professor (colonial and early American literature, early modern French Atlantic history, literature and environment/eco-criticism, Native American literature, folklore and vernacular car cultures) A.B., 1988, Brown University; Ph.D., 1993, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Philip W. Scher, Professor (Caribbean, politics of culture, critical heritage studies) B.A., 1987, Brown; M.S. 1991, Ph.D., 1997, Pennsylvania.

Sharon R. Sherman, Retired, Professor Emerita (film studies, folklore, popular culture) Ph.B., Wayne State; M.A., UCLA; Ph.D, Indiana.

Carol Silverman, Professor (performance, eastern Europe, gender) B.A., 1972, CUNY-City College; M.A., 1974, Ph.D., 1979, Pennsylvania.

Daniel Wojcik, Professor (alternative religions, subcultures, urban ethnology, visionary art) B.A., 1978, California, Santa Barbara; M.A., 1986, Ph.D., 1992, University of California, Los Angeles.

Juan Eduardo Wolf, Associate Professor (ethnomusicology, folklore, Latino/Latina American studies, Afro-descendant/indigenous issues in the Andes) B.S. Chemical Engineering and B.A. Art Studio, 1993, University of Notre Dame, M.S. Chemical Engineering, 1995, Northwestern University, M.A. in Folklore and Ethnomusicology, 2007, Indiana University, Ph.D., 2013.

Participating Faculty

Ina Asim, History

Mokaya Bosire, Linguistics

Bob Bussel, Labor Education and Research Center

Carl R. Bybee, Journalism and Communication

Matthew Dennis, History

Keith Eggener, History of Art and Architecture

Maria Fernanda Escallón, Anthropology

Kingston Heath, Historic Preservation

Kenneth I. Helphand, Landscape Architecture, Judaic Studies Program

Lamia Karim, Anthropology

Patricia Lambert, Arts and Administration

Ana-Maurine Lara, Anthropology

Gabriela Martinez, Journalism and Communication

Debra L. Merskin, Journalism and Communication

Julianne H. Newton, Journalism and Communication

Jeffrey Ostler, History

Priscilla P. Ovalle, Cinema Studies

Ben Saunders, English

Lani N. Teves, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Janet Wasko, Journalism and Communication

Stephanie Wood, Wired Humanities Project

Stephen R. Wooten, Global Studies


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