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Stephen Olbrys Gencarella is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was twice elected to the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Teachers Association, one of the largest unions and democratic organizations in the commonwealth.

Natalie Kononenko is Professor and Kule Chair of Ukrainian Ethnography at the University of Alberta. She is the author of Slavic Folklore: A Handbook and the award-winning Ukrainian Minstrels: And the Blind Shall Sing, among other publications. She also serves as editor of Folklorica, the journal of the Slavic and East European Folklore Association. She has conducted fieldwork in Ukraine and Turkey. Her current research involves Ukrainian epic poetry, family ritual in Ukraine and Ukrainian Canada, and media and film studies. She is also interested in digital humanities and the preservation and presentation of field data online.

Kyoim Yun is Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. She earned a PhD from the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University and is currently writing a book manuscript entitled Ritual Economy: Contingencies of Value in Korean Shamanic Practice.

James Reitter grew up in Westchester, New York, and graduated from SUNY Oswego (BA 1995), CUNY Brooklyn College (MFA 1997), and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (PhD 2006). He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, and his academic interests include folklore, Romantic/Victorian British literature, Early American literature, film studies, poetry, and first-year writing. Outside of scholarly interests, James is a birder, a musician, and loves to watch horror movies and cartoons. [End Page 321]



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