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2018-2019 Annual Faculty and Staff Photo

Front Row: Michelle Melhouse, Krystie Herndon, Tabitha Rominger, Pravina Shukla, Shelby Fluhr, Diane Goldstein, Barbara Hillers

Back Row: Robby Dobler, Daniel Reed, Fernando Orejuela, Angus Martin Burke, Ray Cashman, Jason Jackson, Brandon Barker, David McDonald

Photo by Jesse Fivecoate


Faculty Member Contact Research Interests

Brandon Barker

Kate Parker Horigan

800 E 3rd St, Rm 217

Folklore and embodiment; folk illusions; material culture and embodiment; American vernacular and country music; children's folklore; folklore and contemporary theories of mind; American foodways; folklore and early American life; sociolinguistics of the American South

Encounters Podcast Interview
Scientific American article

Ray Cashman
Professor; Director, Folklore Institute; Editor, Journal of Folklore Research

800 E 3rd St, Rm 239
Ireland, UK, North America; oral traditions and verbal art; the ethnography of communication; performance studies; historical consciousness; commemoration; collective memory; nostalgia; politics of culture, identity, and tradition; sense of place and place-making; vernacular custom and material culture; theory, methodology, and ethics of fieldwork and ethnography

Robert Dobler

800 E 3rd St, Rm 215

Folk belief and vernacular religion; contemporary legendry; forms and processes of commemoration; theories of grief and mourning; folklore and the Internet

Encounters Podcast Interview

Rebecca Dirksen
Assistant Professor

Rebecca Dirksen

800 E 3rd St, Rm 257

Haiti and its diaspora; African Diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America; cultural approaches to grassroots development; creative responses to crisis, disaster, poverty, and violence; ecomusicology, sustainability, and diverse environmentalisms; intangible cultural heritage and cultural policy; film as ethnography; applied/engaged/activist ethnomusicology

Diane Goldstein

Professor Diane Goldstein

800 E 3rd St, Rm 216
Belief studies, folk medicine, folk religion, supernatural traditions, applied folklore, the ethnography of speaking, and narrative

Barbara Hillers
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Barbara Hillers

800 E 3rd St, Rm 233
Folk narrative in Ireland and Scotland; folklore in medieval Celtic literature; the international Child ballad and Gaelic song tradition; European narrative charms; gender and the articulation of women's space in folk narrative and song; the digitization of traditional folklore archives

Jason Baird Jackson
Professor; Director, Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Jason Baird Jackson

Mathers Museum 110; 800 E 3rd St, Rm 249

Material culture, cultural performance, ethnology, cultural history, museum work

WFHB Interchange Interview

Faculty Profile Video

Alisha Lola Jones
Assistant Professor

Alisha Lola Jones

800 E 3rd St, Rm 241

Religious music in the African diaspora; music of the "Black Pacific"; western european art music; global pop music; masculinities and men's studies; voice studies; gender and sexuality; music industry and arts entrepreneurship; gastromusicology; ecomusicology; future studies; music, religion and the media 

IU Faculty Spotlight Video

Jon Kay
Clinical Associate Professor;
Director, Traditional Arts Indiana;
Interim Director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Jon Kay

800 E 3rd St, Rm 219; Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Public folklore; Indiana folklife; folk arts and aging; material culture; museums; occupational folklife; digital humanities

WFHB Interchange Interview

Faculty Profile Video

David McDonald
Associate Professor; Chair of the Department; Director, Ethnomusicology Institute

David McDonald

800 E 3rd St, Rm 223

Israel/Palestine; performance ethnography; social theory; ethnomusicological study of violence and socio-cultural trauma

WFHB Interchange Interview

John H. McDowell
Professor; Editor, Journal of Folklore Research Reviews

Professor John McDowell

800 E 3rd St, Rm 243

Speech play and verbal art; the corrido of Greater Mexico; music, myth, and cosmology in the Andes; commemoration; folklorization; ethnopoetics; Latin America; the United States

Fernando Orejuela
Senior Lecturer

Fernando Orejuela

800 E 3rd St, Rm 231

Hip hop music and culture; popular music; subculture studies; body art; youth cultures; children’s folklore; sports; game and play in culture; popular culture; pedagogy; United States

Solimar Otero

Solimar Otero

800 E 3rd St, Rm 213

Gender, sexuality, Afro-Caribbean spirituality, and Yoruba traditional religion in folklore, literature, and ethnography

Daniel B. Reed

Daniel Reed

800 E 3rd St, Rm 245

Africa; music and religion; mask performance; ritual; identity; popular music; immigration; transnationalism; diaspora; music and health

WFHB Standing Room Only Recording

Gregory A. Schrempp

Gregory Schrempp

800 E 3rd St, Rm 247

Myth, cosmology and worldview; comparative mythology; history of ideas; Oceania; North America

Pravina Shukla
Professor; Director of Graduate Studies

Pravina Shukla

800 E 3rd St, Rm 255

Folk art and material culture; body art; dress and costume; museum studies; food art and culture; India; Brazil; United States

Botkin Lecture at Library of Congress

WFIU Interview

WFHB Interchange Interview

Faculty Profile Video

Sue Tuohy
Senior Lecturer
Director of Undergraduate Studies

800 E 3rd St, Rm 229

Ethnomusicology; film and music; intellectual history; music and socio-political transformation; music and culture in contemporary China; East Asia

American Folklore Society

Indiana University
800 E 3rd St
Bloomington Indiana 47405-3700
Phone: 812-856-2379

Faculty & Staff Contact Areas of specialization
Jessica Turner
Executive Director
800 E 3rd St, Rm 225


Lorraine Walsh Cashman
Associate Director
800 E 3rd St, Rm 227

Meredith McGriff
Membership Director
800 E 3rd St, Rm 221
Occupational folklore; material culture; pottery traditions in the U.S.; folklore and embodied experience

Archives of African American Music

and Culture

Indiana University
Smith Research Center, Suites 180-181
2805 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington Indiana 47408-2601
Phone: (812) 855-8547
Fax: (812) 856-0333

Faculty & Staff Contact Areas of specialization
Tyron Cooper
Director, Archives of African American Music and Culture Black gospel and Black popular music emphasizing live recording productions, religious belief and identity as well as performance practice
Brenda Nelson-Strauss
Head of Collections/Technical Services Performing arts archives and recorded sound collections
William Vanden Dries
Administrator/Project Manager Audiovisual collections; digital archiving and preservation; information organization

Archives of Traditional Music

Indiana University
Morrison Hall 117 & 120
Bloomington, Indiana, USA 47405-3700
Telephone: (812) 855-4679
Fax: (812) 856-0193

Faculty & Staff Contact Research Interests

Alan R. Burdette
Director, Archives of Traditional Music

Morrison Hall Rm. 117

American vernacular music and dance; performance studies; German American singing societies; media and technology
Ilze Akerbergs
Coordinator for
Recording Services
Office Services Assistant 812-855-4679


Allison McClanahan


Folklore Librarian

Faculty Member Contact Research Interests

Moira Marsh
Folklore Librarian

Wells Library Rm. E760

Librarian for Anthropology, Folklore, Sociology, and Social Work;  Witchcraft; humor

Society for Ethnomusicology

Indiana University
800 E 3rd St
Bloomington Indiana 47405-3700
Phone: (812) 855-6672
Fax: (812) 855-6673

Faculty & Staff Contact  
Stephen Stuempfle
Executive Director

800 E 3rd St, Rm 211

Traditional arts in the Caribbean; Caribbean history; colonialism and decolonization; landscape, space and place

Review of latest book on Port of Spain in the Trinidad Express, 7 June 2018
Stephanie Sturgis
Program Specialist

800 E 3rd St, Rm 209