AFS members enjoy a break from an Annual Meeting reception to say hello to the camera.

Four individuals pose for the camera in front of some banners at a professional conference.

The American Folklore Society is a membership organization dedicated to supporting the individuals and organizations engaged in the study and advancement of folklore and expressive cultural traditions throughout the world. AFS serves its members and the general public by providing programming, publications, policies, and resources examining and affirming the diversity of human creativity across time, heritages, and places.

Our mission, vision, and history

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.


President and Executive Board

Committees and Working Groups


2023 executive board collage of headshot photos


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.

For the most up-to-date information about AFS activities and developments, see AFS News

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