Meet Our Leadership
The work of the American Folklore Society depends on the energy and vision of our members, with special appreciation for a dedicated band of volunteers who take on extra responsibilities. Our President and Executive Board are elected to provide oversight and direction, and to make critical governing decisions. Additionally, the Board is advised by committees and working groups whose members tackle a range of issues and provide informed perspectives for the Board to consider.
Be part of the premier professional society in the world devoted to folklore. As a member of the society, you’ll get connected to our community and receive numerous member benefits. Our members say they belong to AFS to express their professional identity, to build professional and personal relationships, and to keep abreast of new research in folklore studies.
AFS periodically issues reports that shed light on what we do and who we are.
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