Professor, English Department
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1977
Areas of Interest
Legend casebook (with Lynne McNeill)
New York State Folklife Reader: Diverse Voices. Co-edited with Ellen McHale.
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2013.
Haunted Southern Tier. Charleston: History Press, 2011.
Children's Folklore: A Handbook. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press,
Haunted Halls: Ghostlore of American College Campuses. Jackson:
University Press of Mississippi, 2007.
Campus Legends: A Handbook. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2005.
"Messages from the Dead: Lily Dale, New York." In Putting the Supernatural in Its Place: Folklore, the Hypermodern, and the Ethereal, ed. Jeannie Banks Thomas. Logan: Utah State University Press (in press).
"The Endangered Child: Choking and Fainting Games in the Online Underground of YouTube." Children's Folklore Review 36 (2014): 19-34.
"Changing Concepts of Childhood: Children's Folklore Scholarship Since the Late Nineteenth Century." Journal of American Folklore 125:498 (2012): 389-410.
Recent Courses Taught
Folklore of the Supernatural
Folklore and the Mass Media
Native American Folklore and Literature
Opie Prize Honor Book for Children's Folklore: A Handbook, 2012
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2009
Storytelling World Award, 2007 Honor Title for Campus Legends
Dedication of Libby Tucker Academic Center at Dickinson Community, 1999
Chancellor's and University Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1993
Educational Opportunity Program Faculty-Staff Recognition Award, 1990