Candidates’ Election

On the first ballot, AFS members will vote 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 will begin November 22 and will continue through December 23. All current members will receive an email with an individualized link to the secure ballot when the election opens on Tuesday. If you are a current AFS member and have not received your link, email Jessica Turner at [email protected]. We’ll send word of the final election results to all AFS members by early January 2023.

Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Also this year, AFS members will vote for five proposed bylaws changes, to go into effect in 2023. These proposed amendments aim 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 receive is limited to the candidates for office, and voting on the bylaws amendments will take place on a separate ballot. Voting on the bylaws will run from December 15 to January 31.

Join the Discussion

AFS is offering 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) has provided a summary professional biography and statement, which you can find below.

Those elected will take 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 proposes five amendments to the AFS bylaws for your consideration on the 2022 election ballot, to go into effect in 2023. These proposed amendments aim to make AFS more inclusive, adaptable, agile, and sustainable for the long term.

On the 2022 election ballot, you will be presented with each proposed Bylaws change, which you will vote on individually, though Proposal 5 is contingent on the outcome of Proposal 4.

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

Virtual Town Halls

Virtual town halls took place on November 22, November 29, and December 5, where attendees learned more, asked questions, and shared their views. Additional town halls are scheduled for January. If you have questions or cannot attend, please contact us with your comments.