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About Us

The Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at IU is a leading center for the worldwide study of vernacular arts, and of the historical, cultural and social contexts in which these arts are embedded. The home to two closely aligned disciplines with a deep shared history at IU, the department has a distinguished history and a bright future in the areas of research, teaching, public outreach and community service. The work of our faculty and students spans the globe and reaches across time to, for instance, contemplate the future impacts of new digital technologies or to reassess the meaning of ancient mythologies. At all levels, we train students to both make sense of the human world and to engage it actively as globally aware citizens. Our diverse course offerings provide methodological, theoretical, historical, and practical instruction, as well as introductions to the world's cultural diversity and to the broad range of human expression, including music, visual art, material culture, verbal art, cultural performance, and cosmological and mythological systems. The department offers numerous joint degree programs and is home to a rich mixture of archives, public art programs, and publication initiatives, all of which provide tremendous opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom. We invite you to learn more about our unique program.

Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
Classroom Office Building
800 E 3rd St
Bloomington, IN 47405
phone: (812) 855-1027

Administrative Staff

Staff Member Contact Duties
Michelle MelhouseMichelle Melhouse
Department Manager
800 E 3rd St, Rm 263
Manages the budgetary, administrative, personnel, and enrollment affairs of the department.
Angus MartinAngus Martin Burke
Accounting Associate
800 E 3rd St, Rm 265
Processes financial and other documents for the department including travel and payroll.
Michelle MelhouseTabitha Rominger
Program Specialist
800 E 3rd St, Rm 259
Student services, marketing and events, alumni relations.
Angus MartinShelby Fluhr
Administrative Assistant
Front Desk
Greets visitors, responds to inquires via departmental email and phone, assists with events and marketing, prepares alumni newsletter.
Chris RoushChris Roush
Fiscal Officer
Owen Hall


Pravina ShuklaPravina Shukla
Director of Graduate Studies

Pravina ShuklaSue Tuohy
Director of Undergraduate Graduate Studies

Krystie HerndonKrystie Herndon
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Sycamore Hall 301

Institute Directors

David McDonaldDavid McDonald
Chair of the Department
Director, Ethnomusicology Institute





David McDonaldRay Cashman
Director, Folklore Institute