Folklore

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Folklore Program trains intellectual leaders in folkloristics for the twenty-first century. The program seeks to provide a deep, critical, and theoretically-informed reading of folklore scholarship from the seventeenth century through the present. Students are urged to develop a particular field of expertise in folkloristics. At the same time, graduate students are advised to develop a strong grounding in another discipline or a multidisciplinary perspective — such as race and ethnic studies, performance studies, science, rhetoric, narrative theory, ethnomusicology, materiality, women's and queer theory, or others — in order to bring new perspectives into folkloristics work.

The program is truly international in scope, seeking to challenge the Eurocentric roots of folkloristics by bringing in critiques and alternatives from outside the Euro-American orbit, particularly through study with leading folklorists from around the world who come to Berkeley each year as visiting faculty members.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program in Folklore, but relevant courses are available in Anthropology, Art History, Italian, Music, Scandinavian, Slavic, Spanish and Portuguese, and other departments.  Undergraduate research positions are available through the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). Student applications and supporting materials are due in the Program Office in 301 Campbell Hall on the first day of the second week of classes each term.

Graduate Programs

Folklore: MA, Designated Emphasis (DE)

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Courses

Folklore

Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

David Bamman, Associate Professor. Natural language processing and cultural analytics, applying NLP and machine learning to empirical questions in the humanities and social sciences.
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Robert Braun, Assistant Professor. Comparative historical sociology; peace, war, and social conflict; social movements and collective behavior.
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Charles L. Briggs, Professor. Linguistic and medical anthropology, social theory, modernity, citizenship and the state, race, and violence.
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Mia Fuller, Associate Professor. Anthropology, Italy, fascism, urban design, architecture, Italian colonialism.
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Andrew Garrett, Professor. Karuk and Yurok (languages of northern California) and on early Indo-European languages, especially Greek, Latin, and languages belonging to the Anatolian branch (such as Hittite and Lycian).
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Peter Glazer, Associate Professor. Theater, commemorative practices, 20th century American theater and culture, political performance, directing and directing theory.
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Ronald Hendel, Professor. Textual criticism, Hebrew bible, ancient Near Eastern religion and mythology, Northwest Semitic linguistics.
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Rosemary Joyce, Professor. Latin America, anthropology, cultural heritage, gender, archaeology, sexuality, museums, ethics, Central America, feminism.
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Margaretta M. Lovell, Professor. Architecture, design, American art.
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Daniel F. Melia, Professor. Rhetoric.
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Minoo Moallem, Professor. Postcolonial and transnational feminist theories, immigration and diaspora studies, feminist cultural studies, Middle Eastern studies, Iranian cultural politics and diasporas.
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Candace Slater, Professor. Spanish, Portuguese.
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Timothy Tangherlini, Professor. Scandinavian Studies.
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Leti Volpp, Professor. Immigration law and citizenship theory.
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Bryan Wagner, Professor. African American expression in the context of slavery and its aftermath, legal history, vernacular culture, urban studies, and digital humanities.
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Laurie Wilkie, Professor. Anthropology, historical archaeology, oral history, material culture and ethnic identity, family and gender relations, North America, Northern California, Caribbean Bahamas, African consumerism, creolization, multi-ethnic community.
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Emeritus Faculty

Ronelle Alexander, Professor Emeritus. Slavic languages and literatures, Balkan Slavic dialectology, Balkan linguistics, language contact, oral tradition, Parry-Lord theory of oral composition, South Slavic epic singers, issues of language and identity.
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Stanley H. Brandes, Professor Emeritus. Cultural anthropology, ritual and religion, food and drink, alcohol use, visual anthropology, Mediterranean Europe, Latin America, Spain, Mexico.
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Benjamin Brinner, Professor Emeritus. Indonesia, Java, Bali, Israel, musical memory, situated musical cognition, musical interaction, improvisation, gamelan, music and oral narrative.
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John Lindow, Professor Emeritus. Old Norse-Icelandic literature, Scandinavian folklore, Finno-Ugric folklore, Pre-Christian religion of the North, Scandinavian mythology.
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Bonnie Wade, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Folklore Program

232 Anthropology and Art Practice Building #3710

Phone: 510-642-3406

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Interim Folklore Director

Timothy Tangherlini

tango@berkeley.edu

Faculty Equity Advisor

Laurie A. Wilkie

206 ARF

lawilkie@berkeley.edu

Faculty Equity Advisor

Rosemary Joyce

rajoyce@berkeley.edu

Archivist

Leah Busby

110 Anthropology and Art Practice Building

Phone: University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720

folklore_archive@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Tabea Mastel

205 Anthropology and Art Practice Building

Phone: 510-642-3406

tmastel@berkeley.edu

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