Journal of American Folklore

Editor: Lisa Gilman


Current Volume: 136 (2023)
Issued quarterly: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall
ISSN: 0021-8715
eISSN: 1535-1882


The Journal of American Folklore, the quarterly journal of the American Folklore Society since the Society's founding in 1888, publishes scholarly articles, notes, and commentaries directed to a wide professional audience. Other sections include those devoted to poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction on matters fundamental to the field; and reviews of books, exhibitions and events, films, sound recordings, and digital/online resources.

The contents of the Journal reflect a wide range of topics and points of view. As the flagship publication of the Society, the Journal reflects concerns of members in both academic and public spheres. Content is grounded in past and current folklore scholarship, and is based on recognized disciplinary methods. Articles present significant research findings and theoretical analyses from the disciplinary perspective of folklore. Notes are narrower in scope and focus on a single, often provocative, issue of definition, interpretation, or practice. Commentaries briefly address topics raised in earlier articles. Its contents are not restricted to folklore in the United States; the Journal publishes materials on folklore and from folklorists anywhere in the world.



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Lisa Gilman 

Associate Editors
Benjamin Gatling
Debra Lattanzi Shutika
Lijun Zhang 

Senior Managing Editor
Lorraine Walsh Cashman

Editorial Assistant
Emma Bussard
Journal of American Folklore
Folklore Program
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 3E4
Fairfax, Virginia  22030-4444

Sound Recording Review Editor
Langston Collins Wilkins
Center for Washington Cultural Traditions
Humanities Washington
130 Nickerson St. 
Ste. 304
Seattle, Wa 98109

Film and Video Review Editor
Emily Hilliard
Mid-Atlantic Arts
West Virginia Humanities Council
1310 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25301

Exhibits and Events Review Editor
Kelley Totten
Department of Folklore, ED4046
Memorial University of Newfoundland
323 Prince Philip Drive
St. John’s, NL  A1B 3X8


Digital Resource Review Editor
Natalie Underberg-Goode
Department of Games and Interactive Media
Nicholson School of Communication and Media
University of Central Florida
500 W. Livingston, 173D
Orlando, FL 32801

Book Review Editor
James Deutsch
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

To submit books for review (not using UPS or FedEx)mail three copies to:

James Deutsch
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
MRC 520
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

To submit books for review using UPS or FedEx, mail three copies to:

James Deutsch
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 2001
Washington, DC 20024-2520

Editorial Board

  • Wanda G. Addison, National University
  • Christina Barr, Nevada Humanities
  • Norma E. Cantú, Trinity University
  • Michael Dylan Foster, University of California, Davis
  • Rachel V. González-Martin, University of Texas at Austin
  • David Todd Lawrence, University of St. Thomas
  • Jim Leary, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Michael Atwood Mason, President Lincoln's College
  • Dorothy Noyes, The Ohio State University
  • Arzu Öztürkmen, Bozaziçi University, Turkey
  • Stephen D. Winick, American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
  • Lihui Yang, Beijing Normal University, China
  • Juwen Zhang, Willamette University

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Journal of American Folklore

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