Diane Goldstein

Diane Goldstein

Professor, Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1987
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1983
  • B.A., Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1979

Research interests

  • belief studies
  • folk medicine
  • folk religion
  • supernatural traditions
  • applied folklore
  • the ethnography of speaking
  • personal narrative
  • legend
  • trauma
  • violence
  • gender
  • sexuality

Courses recently taught

  • Ethnography of Belief
  • Genre
  • The Vernacular
  • The Supernatural
  • Personal Narrative
  • Ethnography of Health & Illness
  • Folklore, Trauma and Violence
  • Folk Religion and Popular Belief
  • Readings in Ethnography

Awards & Distinctions

  • The Linda Dégh Lifetime Achievement Award for Legend Scholarship (2019)
  • President American Folklore Society (2012-13)
  • University Research Professor (2009)
  • Brian McConnell Book Award for Haunting Experiences (2008)
  • Named Fellow of the American Folklore Society (2007)

Books

The Stigmatized Vernacular
The Stigmatized Vernacular

Where Reflexivity Meets Untellability

Diane Goldstein
2016

Haunting Experiences
Haunting Experiences

Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore

Diane Goldstein, Sylvia Ann Grider, Jeannie B. Thomas
2007

Once Upon a Virus
Once Upon a Virus

AIDS Legends and Vernacular Risk Perception

Diane Goldstein
2004

Publication highlights