Jonathan Goodwin is co-editor, with John Holbo, of Reading Graphs, Maps, and Trees: Responses to Franco Moretti (2011), and has articles forthcoming on James Joyce and David Lynch. He researches computational humanities, modernism, and narrative theory.
Timo Kaartinen received his PhD in anthropology at the University of Chicago and teaches at the University of Helsinki. He has done extensive fieldwork in Indonesia and has published articles about oral and written traditions, travel-related rituals, cosmological myths, multi-lingualism, and state-society relations. In his recent monograph Songs of Travel, Stories of Place: Poetics of Absence in an Eastern Indonesian Society (2010), Kaartinen explores Bandanese folk poetry as a means of keeping track of traveling relatives and ancestors and commemorating their role in broader historical events. He is currently studying the cultural heritage of migrant societies and the cosmological interpretations of fast environmental change.
Debora Kodish is founding director of the Philadelphia Folklore Project (PFP), where she has co-directed five documentaries, edited PFP’s books and magazines, and developed the agency’s focus on folk arts and social change. Before beginning the PFP in 1987, Kodish taught folklore in universities and worked in some of the country’s early public folklife programs, doing field research in Oregon and Maine in the 1970s. She received her PhD in Folklore from the University of Texas in 1981. Her recent publications deal with the theory and practice of public interest folklore.
John Laudun is Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisiana, studying how humans think their way through the world in words and in actions. A book-length examination of culture and creativity in the form of an indigenous amphibious vehicle that occurs in south Louisiana, reveals how landscape, imagination, and tradition intersect across a diffuse network of ideas and individuals; it will be published later this year by the University Press of Mississippi. His work has appeared in scholarly journals, anthologies, archives, CDs, films, and television series.
Sarah McCartt-Jackson received her MA in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University and her MFA in Poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her folklore research interests include folk narrative, folklore and literature, poetry, learning experiences, and material culture. [End Page 484]
Katherine Roberts is Assistant Professor of Folklore and American Studies at the University of North Carolina. She is currently at work on an essay about architecture and everyday life and one about walking in suburbia. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her ecologist husband and two small children, who lead her a merry chase.
David P. Sandell is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Texas Christian University. His research areas are the US Southwest, Mexico, and Greater Mexico. [End Page 485]