- Information about Contributors
Henry Glassie, past president of the American Folklore Society, has received many awards for his work, most recently the American Folklore Society’s award for a lifetime of scholarly achievement, and the Haskins Prize of the American Council of Learned Societies for a distinctive career of humanistic scholarship.
Michael Owen Jones (MA and PhD in Folklore) retired in 2008 after 40 years of teaching folklore courses at the University of California, Los Angeles, on food customs and symbolism, folk art, and other topics. He has published more than 150 articles and books including Craftsman of the Cumberlands (2003), Folkloristics: An Introduction (with Robert A. Georges, 1995), and Studying Organizational Symbolism (1996). His most recent foodways publication, based on his 2005 American Folklore Society Presidential Address, appeared in this journal in 2007. In 2006, he was selected to participate in the Humanities Research Institute’s faculty seminar at University of California, Irvine, titled “Eating Cultures.” From 2001 to 2005, he conducted fieldwork in Los Angeles on Latino folk medicine including plant treatments for diabetes, a project funded in part by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Haya Milo, Lecturer at the University of Haifa, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, Israel. Milo’s research deals mostly with gender and identity issues in army folklore, and with the connections between folklore and popular culture
Linda Pershing is Professor of Folklore and Cultural Studies at California State University San Marcos. Her areas of expertise include the folklore of war and peace, women’s and feminist studies, social justice movements, popular culture, and the folklore and culture of Harry Potter.
Ravit Raufman, Clinical Psychologist, Senior Lecturer and faculty member at the University of Haifa, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, Israel. Raufman’s research deals mostly with psychoanalytical approaches to fairy tales, the affinity between fairy tales and dreams, and thought processes in fairy tales.
Juwen Zhang is Chair of the Department of Japanese and Chinese at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, where he teaches Chinese language and folklore. He earned his PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He initiated the Eastern Asia Folklore Section at AFS, and currently serves on the Executive Board [End Page 119] of AFS, and the Board of Western States Folklore Society. His research interests are ritual studies, symbolism, migration, and ethnicity, tales and music, film and folklore, and Chinese/Asian American folklore. His recent publications include “Recovering Meanings Lost in Interpretations of Les Rites de Passage” (2012), Filmic Folklore and Chinese Cultural Identity (2005), and Chinese translations of Arnold van Gennep’s Les Rites de Passage (2010) and of Sharon Sherman’s Documenting Ourselves (2011). [End Page 120]