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Katherine Borland is Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies in the Humanities at Ohio State University, Newark, and holds a Ph.D. in folklore studies from Indiana University. She is the author of Creating Community: Hispanic Migration to Rural Delaware (2001) as well as several articles on festival, women's oral narrative, and literacy. She is currently completing a study of the politics of festival, entitled "The Naked Saint: Festival, Masquerade and Identity in Contemporary Masaya."
Peggy A. Bulger is the Director of the American Folklife Center, coauthor of South Florida Folklife (1994), and editor of Musical Roots of the South (1992). She has produced many videos and recordings. Bulger has served as Florida State Folk Arts Coordinator (1976-79), Florida Folklife Programs Administrator (1979-89), and program coordinator, director, and senior officer for the Southern Arts Federation (1989-99). Most recently, she served as president of the American Folklore Society (2000-2002).
Beverly Gordon is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Environment, Textiles, and Design and the Folklore Program. She is the author of numerous articles and such books as Bazaars and Fair Ladies: The History of the American Fundraising Fair (1998), Identity in Cloth: Continuity and Survival in Guatemalan Textiles (1993), and Shaker Textile Arts (1980). Her work focuses on the meanings of objects in people's lives, particularly in the domestic context.
Kirstin C. Erickson is an Assistant Professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000; her dissertation, "Ethnic Places, Gendered Spaces: The Expressive Constitution of Yaqui Identities," focuses on Yaqui women's expressive culture and the production of self-identity. She is currently working on a manuscript that examines the intersection of memory, culture, and place in everyday narrative. Her research interests include gender theory, performance, verbal art, Native American social histories, and the politics of representation in northern Mexico.
Ronald Loewe is an Assistant Professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Mississippi State and directs the cultural track of the department's graduate program in applied anthropology. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago and has well-developed research interests in medical anthropology and Maya ethnography. He has published scholarly articles for the American Anthropologist,Social Science and Medicine,Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, and is currently completing work on a book entitled Making Mayas into Mestizos: Nationalism, Identity and Power at the Mexican Periphery.