Current Folk Studies and Anthropology Faculty and Staff
- Assistant Professor, Folk Studies
- FAC 274
FLK 464G Vernacular Architecture
FLK 470G Museum Procedures and Preservation Techniques
FLK 560 Cultural Conservation
FLK 275 Supernatural Folklore
FLK 276 Intro to Folk Studies
FLK/ANTH 388 Foodways
FLK 464 Vernacular Architecture
FLK/ANTH 470 Museum Procedures and Preservation Techniques
Ph.D., Scandinavian Studies/Folklore, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., English, Washington State University
B.A., English, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
My research interests include public and applied folklore, environmental and medical humanities, museum studies, worldview and knowledge traditions, cultural sustainability and revitalization, and resistance and decolonization movements. While working with diverse peoples in the Western Great Lakes region and the Nordic countries, I’ve collaborated with subsistence traditions, reindeer herders, traditional artists and storytellers, activists, musicians, traditional healers, and Indigenous cultural revitalization. My forthcoming book, Stories from Aanaar: Inari Sámi Oral Tradition, will be the first anthology of Sámi oral tradition published in the English language. My following book project will involve a series of public folklore programs I helped design and implement in the Lac du Flambeau Anishinaabe community in partnership with traditional artist and educator Wayne Valliere and the Lac du Flambeau Public School.
Forthcoming 2018. Stories from Aanaar: Inari Sámi Oral Tradition. Editor & Translator. A.V. Koskimies & T. Itkonen, compilers. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
2017. “Sustainable Power: Decolonizing Colonial Sustainabilities through Anishinaabe Birchbark Canoe Building.” With B. Marcus Cederström. In Going Beyond—Perceptions of Sustainability in Heritage Studies No. 2, ed. Marie-Theres Albert. Berlin: Springer, 217-230.
2016. “Heritage Repatriation and Educational Sovereignty at an Ojibwe Public School.” With B. Marcus Cederström, Thomas A. DuBois, and Colin Connors. Journal of Folklore and Education 3: 31-41.
2015. “Suden Kaikki Nimet: Sudet ja Dekolonisaatio Saamenmaassa” [“All of the Wolf’s Names: Wolves and Decolonization in Sápmi”]. In Suden Kanssa, eds. Outi Ratamäki, Juha Hiedanpää. Rovaniemi. Finland: University of Lapland Press, 42-65.
2013. “Revitalization, Radicalization, and Reconstructed Meanings: The Folklore of Resistance During the Wisconsin Uprising.” Western Folklore 72(3-4): 122-41.
2013. “Examining Augmented Reality as a Platform for Situated Ethnography Through the Lens of the ARIS Wisconsin Uprising Game.” With Carrie Roy. Journal of American Folklore 126(499):70-78.
2011. “Skiing Down the Demon Wolf: Redefinition of the Predator in Johan Turi’s Sápmi.” Scandinavian Studies 83(4) 545-72.
2010. “Lust, Labor and Lawlessness: The Bad Finn in Finnish-American Folksong.” Journal of Finnish Studies 14(1):29-45.
2009. “Ecology and Identity in the Northwoods: Finnish-American Poaching Techniques and Narratives.” In Wild Games: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Hunting and Fishing in North America, eds. Dennis Cutchins & Eric Eliason. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 166-82.