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Current Folk Studies and Anthropology Faculty and Staff

Dr. Kate Horigan
Dr. Kate Horigan
- Associate Professor, Folk Studies

Graduate courses:
FLK 569 Folklore Genres
FLK 571 Folk Narrative
FLK 575 Folk Belief

Undergraduate courses:
FLK 275 Supernatural Folklore
FLK 276 Intro to Folk Studies
FLK 330 Cultural Connections and Diversity
FLK 371 Urban Folklore
FLK 373 Folklore and the Media
FLK 379 Topics in Folkore: Folklore of Death and Disaster
FLK/ANTH 399 Field Methods in Ethnography


Background and Interests

Ph.D., English/Folklore, The Ohio State University
M.A., English, Tulane University
B.A., English, Tulane University 

My research focuses on expressive culture in communities affected by conflict and disaster. My areas of interest and expertise include narrative, memory and commemoration, ethnography of communication, and critical trauma theory. My book Consuming Katrina: Public Disaster and Personal Narrative (UP Mississippi, 2018) describes how personal narratives and other forms of folk commemoration of Hurricane Katrina have been adapted for and received by public audiences. My current research explores memory and narration of war and genocide in Bosnia (1992-1995), especially among Bosnian refugees in Bowling Green, KY. 

This Featured Folklorist piece by the American Folklore Society describes some of my ongoing work. 

Selected Publications

2018. Consuming Katrina: Public Disaster and Personal Narrative. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

2017. "Critical Empathy: A Survivor's Study of Disaster." Fabula 58(1-2). https://doi.org/10.1515/fabula-2017-0005.

2015. “Invoking the Relative: A New Perspective on Family Lore in Stigmatized Communities,” with Sheila Bock. In Diagnosing Folklore: Perspectives on Health, Trauma, and Disability, ed.Trevor J. Blank and Andrea Kitta. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

2015. “Katrina Stories Get Graphic in A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.” In Ten Years after Katrina, ed. Mary Ruth Marotte and Glenn Jellenik. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2014. “From ‘Angel of Mercy’ to ‘Radical Muslim’: Zeitoun’s Story Travels.” In Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives, ed. Dana Mihailescu, Roxana Oltean, and Mihaela Precup. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2010. “Legends at Work, Post-Katrina.” Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion 5.


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