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Assistant Professor of Folklore, Indiana University

I am an Assistant Professor of Folklore and Affiliate Faculty in Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. I specialize in American Folklore, especially folklore of the southern states and children's folklore. But publish on a wide variety of topics in folklore and cognitive science, ranging from folk music and supernatural legends to children's play with perceptual illusions and the science of animal cognition.


  • 2020–present
    Assistant Professor of Folklore, Indiana University, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology


  • 2012 
    University of Louisiana, English (Folklore)


  • 2019
    Folk Illusions: Children, Folklore, and Sciences of Perception,

Professional Memberships

  • American Folklore Society