Faculty and Staff


Ronelle Alexander, Ph.D (Slavic Languages and Literature)

Ronelle Alexander is a Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UC Berkeley. Her recent publications include Revitalizing Bulgarian Dialectology and In Honor of Diversity, the Linguistic Riches of the Balkans.

Stanley Brandes, Ph.D (Anthropology)

Stanley Brandes is a Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology at UC Berkeley. His recent publications include Staying Sober in Mexico City and Iconography in Mexico's Day of the Dead: Origins and Meaning.

Charles Briggs, Ph.D (Anthropology)

Professor Charles Briggs is Chair of the UC Berkeley Folklore Program and Alan Dundes Distinguished Professor of Folklore. He is also Professor of Anthropology. Some of his recent publications include Voices of Modernity and Stories in the Time of Cholera.

Benjamin Brinner, Ph.D (Music)

Benjamin Brinner is a Professor in the Department of Music, as well as an Executive committee member for the Center for Southeast Asia Studies and Center for Middle East Studies, U.C. Berkeley. Some of his recent publications include The Music of Central Java: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture and Playing Across a Divide: Israeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters.

Joseph Duggan (French and Comparative Literature)

Ronald Hendel, Ph.D (Near Eastern Studies)

Professor of Hebrew Bible Biblical Literature, Religion, and History, Northwest Semitic Philology, Comparative Mythology

John Lindow, Ph.D (Scandinavian)

Professor Lindow is a Professor in the Scandinavain Department. Recent publications include Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs and Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs.

Margaretta M. Lovell, Ph.D (History of Art)

Margaretta M. Lovell is the Jay D. McEvoy Professor of American Art in the department of Art History, and former Director of the American Studies Program. She teaches courses on collecting, museums, folk art, food, and forests among other topics. Her most recent book is Art in a Season of Revolution: Painters, Artisans, and Patrons in Early America. She is currently working on a book on an antebellum painter, Fitz Henry Lane, who was considered an adequate local painter in his lifetime, ignored for a century, collected as a folk artist in the early twentieth century, and now is in the mainstream pantheon.

Daniel Melia, Ph.D (Rhetoric)

Daniel Melia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and the Program in Celtic Studies, as well as Secretary of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate. His publications include Orality and Aesthetics in Aristotle's "Rhetoric and Poetics" and Celtic Language, Celtic Culture.

Tamara C. Roberts, Ph.D (Department of Music)

Tamara Roberts is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and Affiliated Faculty in Gender and Women's Studies. She teaches courses on music, politics, critical theory, and performance studies. Her research focuses on popular and folk music in the U.S., especially issues of interracial and intercultural exchange, dynamics of the culture economy, and spirituality.

Candace Slater, Ph.D (Spanish and Portuguese)

Candace Slater is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Berkeley. She has also served as the Director of the Doreen B. Townsend Center of the Humanities. Recent publications include In Search of the Rain Forest (New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century) and Entangled Edens: Visions of the Amazon.

Bonnie Wade, Ph.D (Music)

Bonnie Wade is the Chair of the Music Department as well as the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair for Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley. Publications include Music in Japan; Thinking Musically: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture; Imaging Sound: An Ethnomusicological Study of Music, Art and Culture in Mughal India; Khyal: Creativity within North India's Classical Music Tradition; Music in India: The Classical Tradition; and Tegotomono: Music for the Japanese Koto.

Laurie Wilkie (Anthropology)

Laurie Wilkie is a Professor in the Anthropology Department. She is an anthropological archaeologist who conducts research at the intersection of archaeology and documentary history.  She is currently involved in a study of African consumerism and creolization during the period of enslavement in the Bahamas.

Visiting Faculty

Diarmuid O'Giollain, Ph.D (Anthropology)

Diarmuid Ó Giolláin's interests include popular religion in Ireland as well as folklore and popular culture in the history of ideas and of institutions.
He is the author of Locating Irish Folklore: Tradition, Modernity, Identity (2000), winner of the Katherine Briggs Folklore Prize 2000, and An Duchas agus an Domhan (2005), as well as some 40 articles and papers.


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Ned Garrett

Ned Garrett is the Graduate Student Affairs Officer for the Folklore Graduate Program.

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