- Information about Contributors
K. Brandon Barker is Lead Folklorist for the Evangeline Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Research Fellow of Folklore Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He recently completed his dissertation on the pedal steel guitar, which analyzes players' folklore in the context of their embodied interaction with the instrument.
Claiborne Rice is assistant professor of English and linguistics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he also serves as the Graduate Coordinator of English. He has published articles on cognitive linguistics and poetics, and is currently working on a study of dialect diversity within Cajun English.
Susan B. Ridgely is Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. She is the editor of Children in Religions: A Methods Handbook and is the author, under the name Susan Ridgely Bales, of When I Was a Child: Children's Interpretations of First Communion.
Elizabeth Tucker, Professor of English at Binghamton University, is the editor of Children's Folklore Review and president of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research. She received her doctorate in folklore from Indiana University, where she developed specializations in children's and adolescents' folklore, folklore of the supernatural, and legends. She has written four books: Campus Legends: A Handbook (2005), Haunted Halls: Ghostlore of American College Campuses (2007), Children's Folklore: A Handbook (2008), and Haunted Southern Tier (2011). A fifth book on New York folklore is underway. She is past president of the Children's Folklore Section, having served as president from 1993 to 1994 and 2009 to 2010.
Derek Van Rheenen is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he directs the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education M.A. Program. His publications focus on the cultural and historical meaning of children's play and games, as well as the modern institution of sport. He also directs the Athletic Study Center at U.C. Berkeley, supporting the balance of academics and athletics in Division I college sport. His publications include "Boys Who Play Hopscotch: The Historical Divide of a Gendered Space" (in Reifel, ed., Theory in Context and Out, Ablex, 2001); "The Promise of Soccer in America: The Open Play of Ethnic Subcultures" (Soccer & Society 10:790-4, 2009); and Out of Bounds: When Scholarship Athletes Become Academic Scholars (Peter Lang Press, 2010). He is currently a Chancellor's Public Scholar at Berkeley. [End Page 511]