K. Brandon Barker

K. Brandon Barker

Lecturer, Folklore and Ethnomusicology


  • Ph.D., University of Louisiana, 2012
  • M.A., Middle Tennessee University, 2007
  • B.A., Maryville College, 2002

Research interests

  • folklore and embodiment
  • folk illusions
  • material culture and embodiment
  • American vernacular and country music
  • children's folklore
  • folklore and contemporary theories of mind
  • American foodways
  • folklore and early American life
  • sociolinguistics of the American South

Courses recently taught

  • Folklore and the Body
  • Introduction to Folklore
  • Children's Folklore
  • American Country Music
  • Folklore of the South
  • American Foodways

Awards & Distinctions

  • Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, 2019
  • Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, 2017
  • The Florence Sanders Jones Awards for Outstanding Graduate Student in English, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, 2010


Folk Illusions
Folk Illusions

Children, Folklore, and Sciences of Perception

K. Brandon Barker

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