In 2022, there were two ballots, one for officers and one for proposed Bylaw amendments.

Candidates’ Election

On the first ballot, AFS members voted for:

  • AFS President (President Elect, 2023; President, 2024-2025; Past President, 2026)
  • three seats on the Executive Board (three-year term, 2023-2025)
  • one seat on the Nominating Committee (three-year term, 2023–2025)

Secure online voting on this ballot began November 22 and closed on December 23.

Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Also this year, AFS members voted for five proposed bylaws changes, to go into effect in 2023. These proposed amendments aimed to make AFS more adaptable, agile, and sustainable for the long term. See below for more information about the proposals.

In response to a request for more time for public discussion of the proposed amendments before voting begins, the first ballot members received was limited to the candidates for office, and voting on the bylaws amendments took place on a separate ballot. Voting on the bylaws ran from December 15 to January 31.

Join the Discussion

AFS offered Town Halls and two channels for written comments to support public discussion of the proposed amendments.

2022 Candidates

Each of the candidates put forward by the AFS Nominating Committee (Anika Wilson, chair, with members Sarah Gordon, Fernando Orejuela, and Guha Shankar) provided a summary professional biography and statement, which you can find below.

Those elected took office on January 1, 2023.

Candidates’ Forum

A virtual Candidates’ Forum was held on November 18 and the recording is available to watch now:


Executive Board Candidates

Nominating Committee Candidates

Proposed Changes to AFS Bylaws

The Executive Board of the American Folklore Society proposed five amendments to the AFS bylaws for your consideration on the 2022 election ballot, to go into effect in 2023. These proposed amendments aimed to make AFS more inclusive, adaptable, agile, and sustainable for the long term.

On the 2022 election ballot, members were presented with each proposed Bylaws change, which were voted on individually, though Proposal 5 was contingent on the outcome of Proposal 4.

Each proposal had to be approved by two-thirds of the voters to pass.