Jeff is an experienced teacher, researcher, and writer. He is an active scholar and has nearly six years of college-level teaching experience, including courses in folklore, cultural anthropology, and physical anthro/archaeology. His work is marked by a deep enthusiasm for vernacular culture and a genuine interest in interdisciplinarity.
He received his PhD in folklore from Indiana University in 2016. His dissertation considered supernatural belief in contemporary Ireland, where he conducted ethnographic fieldwork and archival research focused on physical sites with supernatural associations. His research was inspired in large part by the work of storyteller Eddie Lenihan, who famously protested a highway construction project in County Clare which threatened to destroy a fairy tree.
Outside of his work in Ireland, Jeff is particularly interested in the relationship between popular and traditional forms of culture, broadly conceived. This interest led him to co-edit, with Michael Dylan Foster, The Folkloresque: Reframing Folklore in a Popular Culture World (Utah State UP, 2016). Jeff’s contributions in this volume centered on portrayals of folklore and folklorists in the horror video game series Fatal Frame, and (in a co-written chapter) on the Harry Potter universe. A related interest in digital culture–and an abiding love of horror and the supernatural–prompted an engagement with the popular Internet meme Slender Man.
Currently, Jeff serves as postdoctoral fellow in digital scholarship in the office of Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship at Bucknell University. His work there has involved interviewing faculty members to understand their digital needs, and producing a report suggesting ways to improve support for digital research and teaching.
Outside of academia, Jeff is an avid gamer, horror buff, and LEGO fan. He writes reviews for a horror website and his desks at home and at work are covered in LEGO minifigures. He has lived in the US, Ireland, Argentina, and Japan.