Current Folk Studies and Anthropology Faculty and Staff
- Folklife Specialist, Kentucky Folklife Program
Camille Maria Acosta is a Folklorist and Chicana Performance Activist originally from the border town of El Paso, Texas. She pursued Performance Studies with a BA in Theatre from Western Kentucky University before completing her MA in Folk Studies from the same institution. Within this program, she truly delved into the world of Chicanx/Mexican-American folk art research, legend telling communication, foodways exploration, as well as aiming to include more Hispanic diversity in the world of folk studies and performance studies in general.
Acosta's research focuses on the beauty of Latinx horror, and how monsters are mirrors guiding us toward our own brilliance; our own truth. Upon graduating in 2021, she has gone on to pursue folklore and cultural studies work with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress as well as the New Mexico Arts Folk Arts Program. Today, she is fulfilling the position as Kentucky Folklife Specialist under the Kentucky Folklife Program.