JAF editors are selected by the AFS Executive Board through a proposal process. Editors-in-Chief serve for five years and are responsible for developing the JAF editorial team, including associate editors, editorial assistants, and special section and review editors, as well as the editorial board, which assists in creating a vision for the JAF.

AFS supports the part-time position of Managing Editor to support and complement the Editors’ leadership and provide continuity through editorial team transitions.

JAF Editorial Staff

The editorial team that will serve through 2023 is based at George Mason University.


Lisa Gilman

Senior Managing Editor

Lorraine Walsh Cashman

Associate Editors

Benjamin GatlingDebra Lattanzi Shutika, and Lijun Zhang

Editorial Assistant

Emma Bussard

Folklore Program
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 3E4
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
[email protected]

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Members of the JAF Editorial Staff, review editors, and the JAF Editorial Board.

Book Review Editor

James Deutsch, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Featured and Reviewed Project Editors

Exhibits and Events: Kelley Totten, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Films and Videos: Emily Hilliard, Mid-Atlantic Arts

Music and Sound: Langston Collin Wilkins, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Electronic Media: Natalie Underberg-Goode, University of Central Florida

Editorial Board

Wanda G. Addison, National University
Christina Barr, Nevada Humanities
Norma E. Cantú, Trinity University
Michael Dylan Foster, University of California, Davis
Rachel V. González-Martin, University of Texas at Austin
David Todd Lawrence, University of St. Thomas
Jim Leary, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael Atwood Mason, President Lincoln’s Cottage
Dorothy Noyes, The Ohio State University
Arzu Öztürkmen, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
Stephen D. Winick, American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Lihui Yang, Beijing Normal University, China
Juwen Zhang, Willamette University

Questions about accessing the journal? Contact AFS staff at [email protected].