Below are authors and folklorists who have contributed to NDiF’s weekly series:

Megan Beckerich is a current Masters student in Humanities at the University of Chicago, doing her thesis on the intersection of 19th century Japanese art, censorship, and folklore. Her interests include East Asian folklore and storytelling, material culture, and contemporary animated films. You can follow her on Twitter @MeganBeckerich

Anelise Farris is presently an English PhD Candidate at Idaho State University. Her dissertation-in-progress concerns disability and cyberpunk, and her past publications have considered various ways in which folklore, pop culture, and disability studies intersect.

Spencer Green, Ph.D., teaches in the School of Humanities at Penn State Harrisburg and writes about youth, nature, folklore, and pop culture.

Scott Manning is on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association and his interests include medievalism in movies and television. You can follow him @warpath or on his blog—Historian on the Warpath.

John E. Price is the editor of New Directions in Folklore and has a PhD in American Studies at Penn State Harrisburg. His research interests focus on the performance of American identity through sports, folklore, and popular culture. In his free time, he enjoys golf, cigars, scotch, and Bruce Willis. John can be found talking about Star Trek on twitter @thejohnprice.

David Rotenstein is a public historian and folklorist based in Silver Spring, Maryland. David has a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania and he is completing work on a book about gentrification, erasure, and the production of history and historic preservation in an Atlanta, Georgia, suburb. He writes on gentrification, historic preservation, and vernacular architecture. In 2017 he founded Invisible Montgomery, a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

Twitter: @iVernacular

Jared L. Schmidt is a PhD track graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a MS in Applied Anthropology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His research interests include heritage, museum studies, the Upper Midwest, foodways, and digital folklore. Jared also serves as Review Editor for New Directions in Folklore.