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Barbro Klein is Director Emerita at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala and Professor Emerita at Stockholm University. Her main research areas are oral narration, ritual, and material culture in the United States and northern Europe; methodological and theoretical issues in the study of folklore; and the history of folkloristics in relationship to other disciplines. Her recent books in English include Narrating, Doing, Experiencing (edited with Annikki Kaivola-Bregenhöj and Ulf Palmenfelt, 2006) and The Benefit of Broad Horizons (edited with Hans Joas, 2010).

Elaine J. Lawless teaches folklore and literature courses at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has published six books and numerous articles. Her early work dealt with Pentecostal women's testimonies and sermons, which was followed by research with clergywomen in mainline denominations. In 2001, she published a book on the narratives of battered women. That work led to her collaborations with theatre professor Heather Carver; together they formed the "Troubling Violence Performance Project," a troupe of students who perform monologues of women surviving domestic and partnership abuse. Carver and Lawless published a book, Troubling Violence: A Performance Project, in 2009, an auto-ethnographic account of their work together with this troupe. Lawless is currently working with the former residents of Pinhook, Missouri, a small black town that was destroyed in 2011 when the Mississippi River was breached in southern Missouri in order to save Haiti, Illinois, from flooding. With them, she hopes to publish a narrative that will help them get the assistance they need to rebuild their town.

Deirdre Ní Chonghaile (MA Oxon PhD) is a musician, broadcaster, lecturer, and writer. She is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she is preparing an edition of songs composed in her native Aran Islands. She was previously the NEH Keough Fellow at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In 2012 she was awarded the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

Todd Richardson, an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, teaches in the award-winning Goodrich Scholarship Program. He received his doctorate from the University of Missouri, where his research focused on the construction and reception of authenticity in American folklore, popular culture, and literature. His writings on the subject have appeared in a variety of publications, including Weber: The Contemporary West, Harpur Palate, The Reader, and The Writer's Chronicle. [End Page 241]