Western Kentucky University

Ann Ferrell

Dr. Ferrell reads a paper aloud.     Dr. Ann Ferrell

    Assistant Professor, Folk Studies

     Office: FAC 272

     Phone: 270 745-5896

     Email: ann.ferrell@wku.edu

   Courses

    FLK 276: Introduction to Folk Studies (undergrad class)

    FLK 371: Urban Folklore (undergrad class)

    FLK 480/480G: Women's Folklife

    FLK 569: Folklore Genres

    FLK 571: Folk Narrative

                                                                                       FLK 585: Topics in Folklore: Foodways

Bio

Degrees:

B.A., Women's Studies, State University of New York at New Paltz

M.A., Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University

Ph.D., English/Folklore, Ohio State University.

My research interests include narrative, rhetorics of tradition and heritage, gendered knowledge, and land-based occupations. My recent and ongoing fieldwork has been with Kentucky burley tobacco farmers and farmers who are transitioning from tobacco to other crops. In addition to my academic work, I have experience in public folklore and with non-profit and governmental women's organizations.

Selected Publications

Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in A New Century, forthcoming, University Press of Kentucky.

2012 "Doing masculinity: gendered challenges to replacing burley tobacco in central Kentucky." Agriculture and Human Values Vol. 29, Issue 2.

"'It's really hard to tell the true story of tobacco': Stigma, Tellability, and Reflexive Scholarship." Journal of Folklore Research. (Forthcoming)

2009 Book review. These Are Our Stories: Women's Stories of Abuse and Survival by Jan Rosenberg, Western Folklore Vol. 68, No. 2/3.

2003 Book review. Women Escaping Violence: Empowerment Through Narrative by Elaine J. Lawless, Journal of American Folklore Vol. 166, No. 462.

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