Distinguished University Professor of American Studies and Folklore
The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057-4898
717-948-6039 (office),717-948-6724 (fax)
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Program in American Studies, Penn
Harrisburg, since 2008
Lead Scholar, Holocaust and Jewish Studies Center, Penn State Harrisburg, since 2007
Interim Director, School of Humanities, Penn State Capital College, January 2002-July 2003.
Program (B.Hum, M.A.), Penn State Harrisburg,
Director, Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies, Penn State Harrisburg, 1990-2008.
Project Director, American Studies Institute for International Teachers of English as a Foreign Language and Curriculum Developers, United States Information Agency and Academy for Educational Development, Penn State Harrisburg, May 1992.
Supervisor, Museum Internship Program, Penn State Harrisburg, 1985-1989.
Archive of New York State Folklife, New York State
Association, Cooperstown, New York, 1976-1977.
Distinguished University Professor of American Studies, Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg. Since 1991. Senior Member, Graduate Faculty, since 1987;Professor, 1988-1991; Associate Professor, 1985-1988; Assistant Professor, 1981-1984.
for teaching graduate and undergraduate courses (click on title for
Topics In American Folklore: Culture and Aging (Spring 2010)
American Studies Theory and Method (fall 2009)
Material Culture and Folklife (Summer 2009)
American Studies Theory and Method (2004)
American Studies Theory and Method (2006)
Seminar in American Studies (American Future),
Seminar in American Studies (Death in America)
America: Immigrant Experience
American Popular Culture and Folklife,
Introduction to American Folklore
Topics in European History
on-line courses available world-wide: Introduction to
Popular Culture and Folklife
Walt Whitman Distinguished Chair in
American Cultural Studies, Leiden
University, The Netherlands, 2006.
Approaches to Cultural Studies,
American Studies, Dickinson
College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Summer 2005, 2006.
Visiting Professor, Folklore and American Civilization, Harvard University, 1997-1998.
in American Civilization, Ethnic History and Folklife.
Fulbright Professor of American Studies, Osaka University, Japan, 1996-1997.
History and Culture, Material Culture.
Visiting Distinguished Professor of American Studies, University of California at Davis, Summer 1991.
M.A., Folk Culture, Cooperstown Graduate Programs of the State University of New York, April 1977.
Program in Humanities), History
and Political Science,
State University of New York at Binghamton, May 1974.
Introductory Japanese, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, June 1997.
Yiddish Culture, Mt. Holyoke College, National Yiddish Book Center, Summer 1992.
Oral History, Center for the Study of History and Memory, Indiana University, Bloomington, March 1981.
History Museum Administration, Cooperstown Graduate Programs of the State University of New York, June 1980.
(ed.) Jews at Home: Domestication of Identity. Oxford: Littman, 2010.
Inside Hunting and Animal Rights Controversies. Lexington:
Press of Kentucky, 2008.
Steelton. Charleston: Arcadia, 2008 (with Michael Barton).
Expression, Identity, Representation. Oxford: Littman, 2008.
Meaning of Folklore: The Analytic Essays of Alan Dundes.
Logan: Utah State University Press, 2007.
Line: Violence, Play, and Drama in Naval Equator Traditions.
Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press (University of Chicago
of American Folklife. 4 vols. Armonk, NY:
The Folk Roots of American Masculinities. Bloomington:
Indiana University Press, 2005.
Nation: Folklore in the Creation of American Tradition. Lanham,
Rowman and Littlefield, 2002.
America. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky,
Tradition: Folklore in the Discourse of American Culture.
Utah State University Press, 1998.
Pennsylvania:Henry W. Shoemaker
and the Progressive Uses of Folklore and History.University
Park: Penn State Press, 1996.
Art: Crafting Meaning from Wood.
Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1996.
and Deeper: The Folklore of Student Life. Little
House Publishers, 1995.
Tradition in Folklore:New Directions.Logan:
Utah State University Press, 1992.
Culture and Folklife. Logan: Utah State University
Art and Art Worlds. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1992
John Michael Vlach).
and Deeper:The Folklore of
Campus Life.Little Rock:
August House Publishers, 1990.
American Children's Folklore.Little Rock, August House Publishers, 1988.
Visions: Accumulation and Display of Goods in America, 1880-1920.
York: W. W. Norton, 1989.
Studies from the Gilded Age: Object, Rite, and Custom in Victorian
Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1988.
Music Makers of New York State.Syracuse:
Syracuse University Press, 1987.
Folk Material Culture and Mass Society in America.Lexington:
Press of Kentucky, 1986.
Art and Art Worlds.Ann Arbor:
UMI Research Press, 1986 (with John Michael Vlach).
Folklore Studies: An Intellectual History.Lawrence:
Press of Kansas, 1986.
Old Men Crafting Meaning.Lexington:
University Press of Kentucky, 1985.
Material Culture and Folklife: A Prologue and Dialogue.Ann
Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1985.
Folk Art: A Guide to Sources.New
York: Garland Publishing, 1984.
SPECIAL ISSUES AND MONOGRAPHS
The Meanings of Tradition. Los Angeles: California Folklore
Ancestry in Pennsylvania: An Analysis of Self-Identification.
Middletown: Pennsylvania State DataCenter,
What Have Our Histories Taught Us?A
Folklore Historian, 1989.
Material Culture Studies: A Symposium. Akron, Ohio: Pioneer
of American Folk and Vernacular Art.Bloomington,
Indiana: Folklore Publications Group, Monograph Series
Approaches to the Study of Material Aspects of American Folk
Indiana: Folklore Forum, 1979
(with Stephen Poyser).
JOURNAL ARTICLES, BOOK CHAPTERS, AND REVIEWS
Over 200 essays in
journals and encyclopedias, including American
American Studies,Material Culture,
Winterthur Portfolio, Prospects: Annual of American Cultural Studies,
Studies International, Borderlines: Studies in American Culture,
of American History, Pennsylvania History, Georgia Historical
Western American Literature, Kansai American Literature,Markers,Journal
of American Folklore, Folklore, Folklife, Journal of Folklore Research,
Western Folklore, International Folklore Review, Anthropos, Jewish
Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Yiddish, Education Life, Encyclopedia
of American Studies, Oxford Companion to United States History,
of Vernacular Architecture of the World, Collier's Encyclopedia,
of Southern Culture, American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia
Local History, Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age.
Over 50 Chapters
and Introductions in books, including Writing
the Amish (2005),
in the 21st Century (2005), Exploring
Music (2004), Dramatic
America (2002), Pennsylvania:
History of the Commonwealth
Women: Gender and Ritual in the Old Order
Brethren (2001), Children's
Folklore: A Source Book (1995),
Conserving Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century (1994). Foxfire
Book of Appalachian Toys and Games (1993), American Folk
Personal Sculpture (1992),Consuming
Visions: Accumulation and Display of Goods in America, 1880-1920
Exploring Folk Art (1987), Folk
Groups and Folklore Genres
(1986), Material Culture: A Research Guide (1985), Academic
History: A Synthesis, (1989), Personal Places:
on Informal Art Environments (1984), Afro-American Folk Art and
Crafts, (1986), Humor and the Individual (1984), Foodways
Eating Habits: Directions for Research (1983).
Editor, Encyclopedia of American Folklife. 4 vols. M.E. Sharpe, 2006.
Editor, Jewish Cultural Studies. Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, since 2006.
and Culture, Publications of the
Series (Books), University
Press of Kentucky, since 1998.
Material Culture and Folklife Series (Books), UMI Research
Folklore Historian, 1983-1989.
Material Culture, 1983-1986.
Editor, Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World,
vols. Cambridge University Press, 1988-1997.
Editor, Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review, 1996-2002.
Editor, Folklore Historian, since 1990.
Editor, Journal of the Folklore Institute, 1977-1978.
Board, Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore, ABC-CLIO, since
Board, Folklife, since 2002.
Board, Pennsylvania Folklife, 1990-1997.
Board, Material Culture, 1987-2003.
Editorial Board, Midwestern Folklore, since 1987.
Choice "Outstanding Academic Title," Association of College and Research Libraries, For Encyclopedia of American Folklife, 2007
Book Bulletin "Editor's Choice Award," For Encyclopedia of American Folklife, 2006
Penn State Harrisburg Excellence in Research Award, 1998
Wayland Hand Prize for History and Folklore, 1998.
Wayland Hand Prize for History and Folklore, 1994.
Fellow, American Folklore Society, elected 1994.
Peter and Iona Opie Prize for best book on children’s folklore, 1990.
Regional Council of Historical Societies Award of Merit (for Old-Time Music Makers), 1988.
John Ben Snow Foundation Prize for best book on New York State (for Old-Time Music Makers), 1987.
TEACHING AND SERVICE
Harrisburg Service Award, 2006.
Mary Turpie Prize, American Studies Association [program development, teaching, and advising] 1999.
Provost's Award for Teaching, 1997
Pennsylvania-German Society Award of Merit [service to Pennsylvania-German field], 1996.
James A. Jordan Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, 1985.
FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
(Material Culture and Ethnology), Meertens
Institute, Department of Ethnology, Royal Netherlands Academy of
Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Fall 2005
National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship at the Winterthur Museum/Advanced Studies, 1984.
Rockefeller Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Indiana University, 1978-1981.
American Studies Graduate Scholarship, Indiana University, 1977.
New York State Council on the Arts Fellowship, State University of New York, Cooperstown Graduate Programs, 1974-1975.
New York State Regents Scholarship, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1971-1974.
New York State Scholar Incentive Award, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1971-1974.
Modern Jewish Culture in Poland, University of Wroclaw,
Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Taube
About It: Jewish Literature, American
McCormick Family Papers Project, Anne and Vance McCormick Foundation, 2000-2003.
Transcription of African-American Blues Performed by Eugene Powell, Penn State Research Council, 2001.
Pennsylvania Black History Conference, Museum Project Grants, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2000.
Context Study for the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania, Bureau of Historic Preservation, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1999-2000.
Fulbright Lecturing Award to Japan, Council for International Exchange of Scholars and Japan-United States Educational Commission, 1996-1997.
Stabilization and Accessibility of the John Yetter Collection of Steelton History and Culture, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1996.
Folk Arts Apprenticeship: The Turkish Oud with Stan Merzanis, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 1991-1992.
Ethnic Arts Series, Equal Opportunity Planning Committee, Pennsylvania State University, 1990.
International Childlore Conference, Travel Grant to England, American Council of Learned Societies, 1988.
A Biography of Stewart Culin, 1858-1929, National Endowment for the Humanities, Travel to Collections Program, 1986.
Behind the Image of Uniformity: Cultural Diversity in South-Central Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, 1983.
Tradition and Aging: Woodcarvers in Indiana, Pennsylvania State University Faculty Research Grant, 1982.
Afro-American Blues Tradition in Greenville, Mississippi, National Endowment for the Arts, 1976.
POSITIONS HELD IN SCHOLARLY SOCIETIES
President, Middle Atlantic American Studies Association, 1999-2003.
President, Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, 1989-1991.
President, Pennsylvania Folklore Society, 1983-1985.
President, Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society, 1983-1985.
Executive Board, American Folklore Society, 2000-2002
Board of Directors, Pennsylvania-German Society, 1996-2002.
Chair, History Section of the American Folklore Society, 1985-1996, since 1998.
Chair, Foodways Section of the American Folklore Society, 1979-1980.
Chair, Material Culture Prize Committee, Material Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association and University Press of Kentucky, 1998-1999.
American Studies Academic Programs Committee, American Studies Association, 2003-2005.
Regional Chapters Committee, American Studies Association, 1999-2002.
Henry Gabriel Prize Committee, American Studies Association, 1995.
AND MUSEUM EDUCATION
Curator, "'A Considerable People': The Jewish Community of Greater Harrisburg." Gallery, Schwab Family Holocaust Reading Room, Penn State Harrisburg, 2008
Curator, "The Memorial Art of David Ascalon," Library, Penn State Harrisburg, 2006
Curator, The Jewish Book, Heindel Library, Penn State Harrisburg, 1998.
Curator, "Ethnic Steelton." Olmsted Gallery, Penn State Harrisburg, 1985.
Curator, "Emma Schrock, Mennonite Artist and Artist of Mennonite Life." Indiana University Museum of Anthropology, History, and Folklore, 1978.
Curatorial Assistant, Indiana University Museum of Anthropology, History, and Folklore, 1977.
Education Assistant, Folk Arts Division, Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, 1981.
Education Assistant, Fenimore House Museum [Art Galleries] and Farmer's Museum [Outdoor Living History and Culture], New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York, 1975.
PUBLIC HERITAGE POSITIONS AND OTHER SCHOLARLY SERVICE
Board of Directors, Blues Heritage Foundation, Largo, Florida, since 2008.
Consultant, “Louis C. Jones Collection.” New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York. New York State Council on the Arts Grant, 2006.
Project Team, “Migration and the Creation of American Society.” Teaching American History Institute, Millersville University, July 2006.
Project Scholar, Oral History Project, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, since 2005.
University of Haifa, Israel, since 2005.
Panelist, Pennsylvania Historic Marker Board, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2005-2006.
Commonwealth Speaker, Pennsylvania
Consultant, Giants: Friend or Foe?, History Channel, New Wave Entertainment, 2003.
Reviewer, National Historical Publications and Records Commission, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C., 2001.
Advisory Board, Mid-Atlantic Regional Humanities Center (MARCH), Rutgers University-Camden, 2000-2001.
Planning Committee, Community Arts Festival, Middletown Historical Society and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Middletown, Pennsylvania, 1999-2000.
Planning Committee, Forum on the Alliance of Blacks and Jews, Jewish Community Center and Pennsylvania Council on the Humanities, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1999.
Panelist, Fulbright Grant Program for Korea and Japan, Council for InternationalExchange of Scholars,.Washington, D.C., 1997-1999
Panelist, Fulbright Grant Program for History and American Studies, Japan-United States Educational Commission, Tokyo, 1996.
Consultant, "Visions of a Nation: Exploring Identity through American Art."Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, 1996.
Consultant, Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, Michigan State University Museum, 1996.
Consultant, "Folklore and Folklife Archives in Pennsylvania."Pennsylvania Heritage Affairs Commission and National Endowment for the Humanities, 1995-1996.
Consultant, "Interpretive Master Planning for Shelburne Museum," Shelburne Museum, Vermont, 1994.
Consultant, "Creating History Exhibit," Valentine Richmond History Center, Richmond, Virginia, 1994.
Panelist, Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1993.
Chair, Holocaust Memorial Design Committee, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1993
Reviewer, Division of Preservation and Access, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1993.
Panelist,Local History Grants Program, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1992.
Consultant, "Exhibit on Mann Valentine," Valentine Richmond History Center, Richmond, Virginia, 1991.
Chair, Cultural Heritage Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Heritage Affairs Commission, 1988-1991.
Reviewer, Interpretive Research Program, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1988-1994.
Member, Interracial Understanding Council, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1988-1990.
Selection Committee, Mayor’s People Place Exhibits, City Hall, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1989.
Consultant, Folk Arts Panel of the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Program, The Artists Foundation, Boston, 1988.
Consultant, Technical Information Services, Material Culture.American Association for State and Local History, 1988.
Task Force, "History Museum Common Agenda Planning Project."American Association for State and Local History, Smithsonian Institution, and National Endowment for the Humanities, 1987-1988.
Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Folk Festival, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 1984-1987.
Consultant, "Craft and Community: An Exhibition on Traditional Craftsmanship in Pennsylvania."National Endowment for the Arts and Pennsylvania Office of State Folklife Programs, Heritage Affairs Commission, 1986.
Reviewer, Reference Materials Program, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1986.
Panelist, Youth Projects Program, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1985.
Consultant, "Production of Television Programs on Folk Artists of Illinois." Eastern Illinois University, Illinois Arts Council and the Tarble Arts Center, 1985.
Panelist, Apprenticeship Program, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 1984.
Consultant, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi, 1983.
Consultant, "Folk Toys and the Folklore of Children: Vermont and Mississippi."National Endowment for the Humanities and Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Vermont Department of Libraries, and the Mississippi Library Commission, 1983.
Project Scholar, "Harrisburg, City of Change." National Endowment for the Humanities and Dauphin County Library System, 1983.
Co-Director, Ethnic Folk Arts Festival, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1983.
Member, Folklife Advisory Council, Pennsylvania Heritage Affairs Commission, 1982 to 1988.
Consultant, "Religious Folk Art in America."Museum of American Folk Art and the New York Council on the Humanities, 1982-1983.
Planning Committee, Jewish Arts Festival, Jewish Community Center, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1982.
Consultant, "Ohio Folk Traditions: A New Generation."National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fairfield County District Library, 1981.
Consultant, Sounds of Our Heritage Series, Holt, Rinehart and Winston Publishers 1980.
Consultant, Latino Culture in East Utica, New York, New York State Council on the Arts Regional Workshop in Documentation, 1976.
Director, Binghamton Folk Festival, SUNY at Binghamton, New York, 1973-1974