Mary Ellen Brown, Professor Emerita of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, has worked in and around the Child ballads since the early 1960s, with particular interest in the ideological bases and intellectual history of their study (see William Motherwell’s Cultural Politics). This article is a part of a larger study tentatively titled The Making of Child’s Ballads, based largely on manuscript materials. She was editor of The Journal of Folklore Research for twelve years.
Gulnara Aitpaeva received her doctorate in philology from American University of Central Asia. She is currently director of the Aigine Cultural Research Center in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and an executive board member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society.
Jelena Cvorovic has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. She works as a research fellow at the Institute of Ethnography of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She is currently researching Serbian Gypsies, with a special emphasis on oral traditions.
Donald Braid serves as Associate Director of Butler University’s Center for Citizenship and Community and teaches folklore, English, and anthropology. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University in 1996 and his B.S in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1978. His research interests include traditional arts, storytelling, and performance, especially as they intersect with issues of worldview, cultural identity, meaning, and belief.
Mustafa Üstünova is vice chairperson of the Department of Turkish Language and Literature at Uluda University. He received his doctorate from Uluda University.
Kerime Üstünova holds a doctorate from Uluda University, where she is currently a professor in the Department of Turkish Language and Literature.