Barbara Hillers

Barbara Hillers

Associate Professor, Folklore and Ethnomusicology



  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 1997
  • M.Phil, University College Dublin, 1990
  • B.A., The Queen's University of Belfast, 1987

Research interests

  • folk narrative in Ireland and Scotland
  • folklore in medieval Celtic literature
  • the international Child ballad and Gaelic song tradition
  • European narrative charms
  • gender and the articulation of women's space in folk narrative and song
  • the digitization of traditional folklore archives

Recently taught courses

  • Irish Folklore
  • Folklore and Gender
  • Storytelling Around the World
  • Fear, Anger, and the Internet
  • Folklore Archives in a Digital Age
  • History of Folklore

Awards + Distinctions

  • Irish Research Council and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant, 2022
  • Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, 2022


Charms, Charmers & Charming in Ireland
Charms, Charmers & Charming in Ireland

From the Medieval to the Modern

Barbara Hillers, John Carey, Ciarán Ó Gealbháin, Ilona Tuomi

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