Members of the 2017 Executive Board met at the Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Every year, members of the American Folklore Society vote to select three new Executive Board members and one Nominating Committee member. In alternating years, we vote for a new President. The slate of candidates is assembled by the Nominating Committee, and reviewed by AFS members.

Our bylaws set forth the purpose of the American Folklore Society and contain basic stipulations about our organization and operations, including elections. The Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the membership.

President 2022

Marilyn White

Marilyn is a retired professor of anthropology at Kean University, where she taught 1985-2011. Her research centers on African American and family folklore, stratification, and jokes. She has conducted long-term research in Little Cayman.

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Past President 2022

Norma Cantú

Norma E. Cantú, the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University, worked in the Folk and Traditional Arts Program at the NEA and continues to promote public folklore programs in the community.

Amanda Dargan

Executive Board 2020-2022

Amanda is the Education Program Director for CityLore, a cultural heritage center based in New York City. Among her research interests are urban culture, occupational culture, family folklore, and folk arts in education.

Thomas A. Dubois

Executive Board 2020-2022

Thomas is a professor of Scandinavian folklore, folklore, and religious studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the chair of the German, Nordic and Slavic department. His research interests include tradition, Finnish, Sámi, and medieval Nordic cultures.

Ellen E. McHale

Executive Board 2020-2022

Ellen is the Executive Director of New York Folklore. Her research interests include occupational folklife and folklore, climate change, refugee and immigrant inclusion and adaptation, and the intersection of culture and the environment.

Mintzi Martinez-Rivera

Executive Board 2021-2023

Mintzi is an assistant professor at Providence College. Her research interests include youth culture, cultural continuity and transformation, performance of rituals and festivals, performance of indigenous identity, and vernacular cultural practices in the Americas.

Fernando Orejuela

Executive Board 2021-2023

Fernando is a senior lecturer of folklore and ethnomusicology at Indiana University. His research interests include hip hop music and culture, popular music, subculture studies, body art, and youth cultures among others.

Langston Collin Wilkins

Executive Board 2021-2023

Langston is Director of the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions, a program of Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission. His research interests include urban folklife, African American folklife, and hip hop culture.

Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik

Executive Board 2022-2024

Queen Nur is an award-winning International Storyteller, Independent Folklorist and Teaching Artist. For 29 years she has enthralled thousands in over 36 states, West Africa, and Canada.

Tim Frandy

Executive Board 2022-2024

Part of the Sámi American community, Tim Frandy is a public folklorist and an Assistant Professor of Folk Studies at Western Kentucky University, whose work centers on Indigenous communities, decolonization, education, and environments

Rossina Zamora Liu

Executive Board 2022-2024

Rossina Zamora Liu is Assistant Professor in Urban Education and division coordinator of Education Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on interrogating systems of white supremacy and anti-blackness in education, counter-storytelling, and cross-racial solidarity and coalition building.

Meltem Türköz

Executive Board 2022-2024

Meltem Türköz's career has included teaching, work in the public sector and journalism. She has a longstanding interest in peace education, and in arts-based community engagement.

Jessica Turner

Ex Officio

Jessica serves as the Executive Director of the American Folklore Society.  Her research interests include museum studies and ethnic minority performances and heritage tourism in Guangxi Province in southwestern China.