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Ray Cashman, Associate Professor

Center for Folklore Studies: http://cfs.osu.edu/
Department of English: http://english.osu.edu/

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Office Information
509 Denney Hall, 164 West 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH, 43210
Email: cashman.10@osu.edu
Phone: 614 247 8257

Office Hours:
Autumn 2010: Monday & Wednesday 12-1 p.m. & by appointment

General Background:
Associate Professor (Ph.D., Indiana University) with interests in folklore, verbal art, and oral traditions; memory, oral history, commemoration, and nostalgia; performance studies and the ethnography of communication; the politics of culture and identity; material culture. Ethnographic fieldwork in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the American South, Southwest, and Midwest. Author of Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border: Characters and Community (2008, paperback 2011), winner of the Chicago Folklore Prize from the American Folklore Society and the Donald Murphy Award from the American Conference for Irish Studies. Currently writing Folklore as Personal Expression and Social Critique: Packy Jim, A Voice from the Irish Border and co-editing The Individual and Tradition: Folkloristic Perspectives, with Pravina Shukla and Tom Mould. Author of articles on Irish ethnohistory; outlaws and insurgents in folklore and popular literature; traditional customs, drama, and rites of passage; vernacular expressions of local, ethnic, sectarian, and political identities and histories. Has also taught folklore, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Indiana University, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Core faculty member of and undergraduate director for the Center for Folklore Studies (cfs.osu.edu), affiliate of the Center for the Study of Religion (religion.osu.edu), adjunct associate professor of anthropology (anthropology.osu.edu), adjunct associate professor of comparative studies (comparativestudies.osu.edu).

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