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Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology Faculty and Staff

Dr. Ann K. Ferrell

Dr. Ann K. Ferrell
- Associate Professor, Folk Studies & Program Director


Graduate Courses:
FLK 480G: Women’s Folklife
FLK 569: Folklore Genres
FLK 571: Folk Narrative
FLK 577: Folklore Theory
FLK 585: Topics in Folklore: Foodways

Undergraduate Courses:
FLK 276: Introduction to Folk Studies
FLK 371: Urban Folklore
FLK 373: Folklore and the Media
FLK 379: Topics in Folklore: Foodways
FLK 480: Women’s Folklife

Background and Interests

Ph.D., English/Folklore, Ohio State University
M.A., Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University
B.A., Women’s Studies, State University of New York at New Paltz

My research interests include narrative, rhetorics of tradition and heritage, gendered knowledge, and land-based occupations, as well as history of the field. My recent and ongoing fieldwork has been with Kentucky burley tobacco farmers and members of the organization Kentucky Women in Agriculture. In addition to my academic work, I have experience in public folklore and with non-profit and governmental women’s organizations.

I currently serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of American Folklore.


Selected Publications

2014. "Cutting a Thousand Sticks of Tobacco Makes a Boy a Man: Traditionalized Performances of Masculinity in Occupational Contexts." In Unsettling Assumptions: Tradition, Gender, Drag, eds. Pauline Greenhill and Diane Tye. Logan: Utah State University Press.

2013. Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century. Lexington:University Press of Kentucky. Paperback edition, 2016.

2012. "Doing Masculinity: Gendered Challenges to Replacing Burley Tobacco in Central Kentucky." Agriculture and Human Values 29(2):137-149.

2012. “‘It’s really hard to tell the true story of tobacco’: Stigma, Tellability, and Reflexive Scholarship.” Journal of Folklore Research 49(2):127-152.


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