Tenure-line Faculty

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  • Eric Gary Anderson

    Eric Gary Anderson

    Associate Professor

    American Indian literatures, Southern studies, Horror studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, American fiction from the beginnings to the 21st century,


  • Robert D. DeCaroli

    Robert D. DeCaroli

    University Affiliate


    Interactions of early South Asian Buddhism with popular religious practice, the origin of the Buddha image and the social, political, religious factors that led to its codification and spread


  • Benjamin Gatling

    Benjamin Gatling

    Associate Professor

    narrative, performance, the ethnography of communication, Persianate oral traditions, Islam, Central Asia and the Middle East

  • Lisa Gilman

    Lisa Gilman



    Folklore, music, dance, public humanities, performance studies, African Studies, women's and gender studies, migration, war, politics and culture, ethnographic fieldwork, filmmaking, digital storytelling.


  • Mark Helmsing

    Mark Helmsing

    University Affiliate

    Assistant Professor

    Historical Culture; History Education; Affect & Emotion; Museums; Folklore & Education; Vernacular History


  • Debra Lattanzi Shutika

    Debra Lattanzi Shutika

    Associate Professor

    Contemporary Irish Folklore, Sense of Place, Appalachian Studies, Transnational Migration


  • Jonathon Repinecz

    Jonathon Repinecz

    University Affiliate

    Associate Professor

    Modern African literatures and cultures; Modern francophone literatures and cultures; Intersections of literature and anthropology; Genocide studies; Folklore and oral literature; Postcolonial theory; Wolof (advanced reading) and Swahili (beginner).

  • Carole Rosenstein

    Carole Rosenstein

    University Affiliate


    Arts Management



  • Lijun Zhang

    Lijun Zhang

    Associate Director

    Assistant Professor

    Material Culture, Folk Art and Crafts, Folklife, Heritage, Museums, Tourism, Oral Narrative, Ethnographic Fieldwork, Chinese Folklore