Associate Professor of Comparative Studies & Director of the Center for Folklore Studies
434 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road South
Columbus, OH 43210
Areas of Expertise
- Latin American Folklore
- Traditional Narrative
- Festival and Dance
- Development Theory
- Post-colonial (World) Literature
- Experiential Education
- PhD Indiana University
- "Exotic Identities: Dance, Difference and Self-Fashioning." Co-written with Sheila Bock. Journal of Folklore Research 48 (1) 2011:1-36. Explores the practices of embodying an other to explore/construct the self.
- Cosmopolitans in Ohio Face a Troubled World. Proceedings of the Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. 2010. Documents the emergence and increasing popularity of voluntourism and critiques its idealist intentions.
- Special Issue of the Journal of American Folklore: Latin American Dance in Transnational Contexts, 122 (486) 2009. With an introduction by Sydney Hutchinson, includes essays on Purepecha Courtship (Joyce Bishop), Aztec Dancers at North American Powwows (Sandy Garner), Argentinian Tango (Ana Cara) and New Jersey Salsa (Katherine Borland)
- Unmasking Class, Gender and Sexuality in Nicaraguan Festival. Univ. of Arizona Press. 2006. A study of the politics of culture in Masaya's Fiesta de San Jerónimo and related cultural performances during the Somoza, Sandinista and Neoliberal eras.
- "That's not What I Said: Interpretive Conflict in Oral Narrative Research" anthologized in Women's Words (1991), The Oral History Reader (1998), and Approaches to Qualitative Research: A Reader on Theory and Practice (2003). Examines ethical issues of representing and interpreting life stories.