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233 CONTRIBUTORS Trevor J. Blank is assistant professor of communication at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he teaches courses in folklore, mass media, and digital culture and researches subversive humor in the vernacular response to traumatic and shocking news events. He is the author of The Last Laugh: Folk Humor, Celebrity Culture, and Mass-Mediated Disasters in the Digital Age; coauthor of Maryland Legends: Folklore from the Old Line State; editor of the volumes Folklore and the Internet: Vernacular Expression in a Digital World and Folk Culture in the Digital Age: The Emergent Dynamics of Human Interaction; and coeditor of Tradition in the Twenty-First Century: Locating the Role of the Past in the Present. Currently, he serves as editor to the journal Children’s Folklore Review. Follow him on Twitter @trevorjblank. Sheila Bock is assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research employs narrative and performance models of analysis to examine how people make sense of their own and others’ experiences with health and illness, particularly in contexts of stigma. Specifically, she is interested in how institutional and vernacular framings of such concepts as “culture,”“tradition,” and “personal experience” work to reify, negotiate , and resist the discursive mechanisms by which certain voices are valued while others, consequently, are dismissed. Her research interests also include foodways,humor,bodylore,and the intersections between folklore and popular culture. Her published work appears in the Journal of Folklore Research; Western Journal of Black Studies; Health, Culture, and Society; the Journal of Medical Humanities; the Journal of Folklore and Education; and Western Folklore (forthcoming 2015). London Brickley is a doctoral student of folklore and biotechnology at the University of Missouri–Columbia, where she also teaches a variety of culture, Contributors 234 film, and literature courses. Her primary research interests and publications focus on the intersections and interplay between folklore, science, and popular culture from the onset of the Enlightenment to the Singularity. She is currently pursuing her inexorably increasing fascination with the biohacking movement by learning, living, and collecting the lore, beliefs, and practices of biopunk’s transhuman (r)evolution. Olivia Caldeira is a PhD candidate in folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She received her MA in comparative studies (with a concentration in folklore) at Ohio State University. Having worked as a direct care provider and a Therapeutic Consultant for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) experiencing the transition from high school to adulthood, she has witnessed some of the difficulties faced by people with disabilities and their kin and is writing her dissertation based on her fieldwork. She is currently working on two grant committees: one to help job seekers with IDD find meaningful employment and also gather narratives of their successes and struggles, and the other to incorporate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as one of four recuperative modalities for promoting healing and awareness for people with mind/brain injury and their care networks. Diane E. Goldstein is professor and chair of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and director of the Folklore Institute at Indiana University. She is the author of Once Upon a Virus: AIDS Legends and Vernacular Risk Perception (2004); coauthor of Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore (2008); coeditor of Reckless Vectors: The Infecting Other in HIV/AIDS Law (2005); and editor of one of the earliest interdisciplinary HIV/AIDS anthologies, Talking AIDS: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (1991). Goldstein’s specialties include folk medicine, cultural issues in health care, risk perception, HIV/AIDS, stigmatized illnesses, legend and rumor surrounding health, narrative, ethnography of communications , folklore and violence, folklore and trauma, and applied folklore. She is past president of the American Folklore Society and the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research. Darcy Holtgrave received her PhD in English with a concentration in folklore from the University of Missouri. Her research interests include digital folklore, personal experience narratives, and mental health advocacy. She serves as the assistant editor for the International Society for Studies in Oral Tradition and SyndicateMizzou at the University of Missouri. Contributors 235 Kate Parker Horigan is assistant professor of folk studies at Western Kentucky University. She was a visiting lecturer in folklore at Indiana University in 2013–2014. She completed her PhD in English with a specialization in folklore at Ohio State University in 2013 and her MA in English at Tulane University in New Orleans in 2006.She is working on a manuscript about the intersections of public trauma...


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