Robert Dobler

Robert Dobler

Senior Lecturer, Folklore and Ethnomusicology



  • Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2014
  • M.A., University of Oregon, 2010
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1999

Research interests

  • folk belief and vernacular religion
  • contemporary legendry
  • forms and processes of commemoration
  • theories of grief and mourning
  • folklore and the Internet

Courses recently taught

  • Urban Legends
  • Death and Expressive Culture
  • Forms of Commemoration
  • The Supernatural and Folklore
  • Folklore and the Internet
  • Introduction to Folklore

Awards & Distinctions

  • Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award (2020)
  • Student Vice President, Western States Folklore Society (2012-2014)
  • Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World: A Mellon Scholarly Monograph Initiative (2009)
  • Warren E. Roberts Prize for Best Paper in Folk Art (2008)
  • Don Yoder Prize for Best Paper in Folk Belief and Religious Folklife (2007)
  • The Alma Johnson Graduate Folklore Award (2007)

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