Departmental Expertise

Departmental expertise

The Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology prides itself on preparing students for career paths both within and outside of the academy. For those seeking an expanded professional toolkit, we offer the Public Practice Graduate Concentration. In these courses, you are equipped with a diverse set of skills marketable across the public and private sectors. Affiliated faculty in this program draw from extensive experience in public, applied, and activist methodologies to create innovative coursework on a wide range of topics.

  • Jason Jackson is the former director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, and a specialist in museum studies and curatorship.
  • Pravina Shukla has research specializations in material culture, museum studies, and curatorship.
  • Diane Goldstein is a research specialist in applied folklore, public practice folklore, and medical folklore.
  • Rebecca Dirksen is a research specialist in applied ethnomusicology and ethnographic film making.
  • David McDonald is a research specialist in activist methodologies, critical ethnography, violence, and social justice issues.
  • Jon Kay is the director of Traditional Arts Indiana, and a research specialist in public practice folklore and ethnomusicology, applied folklore, practicum and laboratory in folklore studies.