Lisa Gabbert is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Utah State University where she specializes in Folklore and American Studies. She received her Ph.D. in 2003 from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is currently working on a project on festival and late modernity in Idaho. Her current research interests include space and place, cultural performance, and medical folklore.
Julie Hartley-Moore is an Assistant Professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University. She earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University and an M.A. in folklore from Utah State University. Before moving home to Utah, she worked as a public sector folklorist for the Michigan State University Museum's Folk Arts Programs. Her previous work deals with sustainable development, political ecology, agricultural and cultural tourism, and nationalism; she is currently working on a book about the political rhetoric of guns in the United States and Switzerland.
Michael Owen Jones teaches folklore courses in the culture and performance studies program in the Department of World Arts and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society and a Folklore Fellow of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. He has published on a variety of topics, including traditional medicine, organizational folklore, food customs and symbolism, and folk art and material behavior. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Among his books are People Studying People: The Human Element in Fieldwork (with Robert A. Georges), The World of the Kalevala (edited), Inside Organizations: Understanding the Human Dimension (coedited), Craftsman of the Cumberlands: Tradition and Creativity, Putting Folklore to Use (edited), Studying Organizational Symbolism: What, How, Why?, and Folkloristics: An Introduction (with Robert A. Georges). In recent years his research has focused on African American storefront churches and on Latino folk medicine in Los Angeles.