Jeffrey A. Tolbert, PhD
jeffrey.a.tolbert [at] bucknell.edu
PhD in Folklore (PhD Minor in Mythology), Indiana University, 2016.
Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship Specialist, Library & Information Technology, Bucknell University.
Adjunct Instructor, Anthropology, University of Baltimore.
August 2014-June 2015.
ANTH 110: Cultural Anthropology (Fall 2014).
ANTH 115: Human Origins (Fall 2014-Spring 2015).
Adjunct Faculty, Anthropology Department, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
January 2014- May 2014.
F101: Introduction to Folklore.
Assistant Instructor, Indiana University Bloomington.
August 2009-May 2013.
F256: Folklore and the Supernatural (Spring 2013).
F101: Introduction to Folklore (Fall 2012).
F256: Folklore and the Supernatural (Fall 2011).
F101: Introduction to Folklore (Summer 2011).
F253: The Supernatural (Spring 2011).
F131: Introduction to Folklore in the United States (Fall 2009-Fall 2010).
Ed. (with Michael Dylan Foster), The Folkloresque: Reframing Folklore in a Popular Culture World. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2016.
Articles and Book Chapters
“Waiting for a Place: At Gravedigger’s Pub.” New Hibernia Review, vol. 20, no. 2 (2016): 9-14.
“A Deadly Discipline: Folklore, Folklorists, and the Occult in Fatal Frame.” In The Folkloresque: Reframing Folklore in a Popular Culture World, edited by Michael Dylan Foster and Jeffrey A. Tolbert, 125–43. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2016.
With Carlea Holl-Jensen: “‘New-Minted from the Brothers Grimm’: Folklore’s Purpose and the Folkloresque in The Tales of Beedle the Bard.” In The Folkloresque: Reframing Folklore in a Popular Culture World, edited by Michael Dylan Foster and Jeffrey A. Tolbert, 163–72. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2016.
“‘Dark and Wicked Things’: Slender Man and the Implications of Belief.” Contemporary Legend series 3, vol. 5 (2015): 38-61.
“On Folklore’s Appeal: A Personal Essay.” New Directions in Folklore vol. 13, no. 1/2 (2015).
“‘The Sort of Story That Has You Covering Your Mirrors’: The Case of Slender Man.” Semiotic Review (2013). http://semioticreview.com/index.php/thematic-issues/issue-monsters/22-the-sort-of-story-that-has-you-covering-your-mirrors-the-case-of-slender-man.
Putting the Supernatural in Its Place: Folklore, the Hypermodern, and the Ethereal, edited by Jeannie Banks Thomas. [2015. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.] Western Folklore. Review published on April 1st, 2017.
Hittin’ the Prayer Bones: Materiality of Spirit in the Pentecostal South, by Anderson Blanton. [2015. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.] Journal of Folklore Research Reviews. Review published on January 27th, 2016.
Bright Star of the West: Joe Heaney, Irish Song Man, by Sean Williams and Lillis Ó Laoire. [2011. Oxford: Oxford University Press.] Journal of Folklore Research Reviews. Review published on September 28th, 2011. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/jfrr/article/view/2994/2870.
Oral and Print Cultures in Ireland, 1600–1900, ed. Marc Caball and Andrew Carpenter. [2010. Dublin: Four Courts Press.] Journal of Folklore Research Reviews. Review published on June 16th, 2011. http://www.indiana.edu/~jofr/review.php?id=114.
Merlin: Knowledge and Power through the Ages, by Stephen Knight. [2009. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.] Journal of Folklore Research Reviews. Review published on September 15th, 2010. http://www.indiana.edu/~jofr/review.php?id=1111.
War and Shadows: The Haunting of Vietnam, by Mai Lan Gustaffson. [2009. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.] Journal of Folklore Research Reviews. Review published on May 5th, 2010. http://www.indiana.edu/~jofr/review.php?id=954.
Haunted Halls: Ghostlore of American College Campuses, by Elizabeth Tucker. Folklore Forum, Indiana University. [2007. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.] Review published on April 12, 2010. http://folkloreforum.net/2010/04/12/elizabeth-tucker-haunted-halls-ghostlore-of-american-college-campuses/.
2017 Digital and Video Ethnography Summer Faculty Workshop (co-organizer).
Bucknell University Library & Information Technology.
2016 “Dark and Wicked Things”: Slender Man and the Implications of Belief. Paper
presented (in absentia) at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society, Miami, Florida, Friday, October 21st, 2016.
2016 Trends in American Folklore Study. Invited lecture, Riron Minzoku-gakkai, Kwansei Gakuin University, Umeda Campus, Osaka, Japan. February 26th, 2016.
2015 Slender Man and the Implications of Belief. Invited talk at symposium, “Slender Man is Coming: Internet Legend, Hoax and Attempted Murder.” Memorial University Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus. March 23rd, 2015.
2014 Panel chair: The Folkloresque: Reframing Folklore in a Popular Culture World. Annual meeting of the American Folklore Society, Santa Fe, NM, November 5, 2014.
2013 “Some Swift Catastrophe”: The Seat of Kings and the Motorway. Paper presented at the joint conference of the IU Folklore/Ethnomusicology Department and the Ohio State University Center for Folklore Studies, March 2, 2013.
2011 Feasting in Dingle: Contemporary Celtic Culture in the West of Ireland. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society, Thursday, October 13th, 2011.
2011 Scaring Yourself Silly: Fear and Folklore in Fatal Frame. Presentation at East
Asian Studies Center graduate student forum to benefit Japan, April 19th, 2011.
2010 Workshop presenter: Zotero Citation Management Software. December 10th, 2010.
2009 With Carlea Holl-Jensen: “New-minted from the Brothers Grimm”: Fairy Tales as Metafictional Intertexts in Harry Potter. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Folklore Society, October 24, 2009, and the joint conference of the IU Folklore/Ethnomusicology Department and the Ohio State University Center for Folklore Studies, March 28, 2009.
Grants, Scholarships and Awards
2014 American Folklore Society Student Travel Stipend for annual meeting.
2013-2014 Henry Glassie Award for Exemplary Skills as an Associate Instructor. Dept. of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University.
2012-2013 Folklore Fellowship, Dept. of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana
2011 International Enhancement Grant, Indiana University (language
2011 Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation Research Grant for dissertation research in Ireland.
2008 Louise McNutt Fellowship, Indiana University.
2007 MALS Scholarship, Dartmouth College.
Other Training and Certification
2017 Digital Humanities Summer Institute. University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada. June 12-16, 2017. Course: Extracting cultural networks from thematic collections.
Committees and Administrative Roles
2011 American Folklore Society abstract reviews technology assistant.
2010-2011 Vice president, Special Concerns Committee. Folklore and Ethnomusicology Student Associations, Dept. of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University.
2010 Hoosier Folklore Society Meeting graduate student liaison, Indiana University.
Interviews, Media Appearances, Etc.
Parkinson, Justin. “The Origins of Slender Man.” BBC News. Accessed June 25, 2014. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27776894.