Dorothy Noyes

Professor of English and Comparative Studies
Affiliated Faculty in French and Francophone Studies
Affiliated Faculty in Italian

Dorothy Noyes is Professor at the Ohio State University with a joint appointment in the Departments of English and Comparative Studies and courtesy appointments in Anthropology and Germanic Languages and Literatures; she also teaches in the Program in International Studies. She is a Research Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and served as Director of the Center for Folklore Studies from 2005 to 2014. Her ethnographic and historical research addresses the traditional public sphere in Romance-speaking Europe; she also writes on folklore theory and on the international policy careers of culture concepts. Her most recent book is Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), a Choice Outstanding Academic Title and winner of the 2005 Book Prize of the Fellows of the American Folklore Society. Elected Fellow of the American Folklore Society in 2005, she has served on the executive boards of both AFS and the Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore. Course topics include folklore theory, performance, cultural diplomacy, the cultural history of waste and recycling, American regional cultures, and the fairy tale.

Forthcoming books include Humble Theory: Folklore’s Grasp on Social Life (Indiana University Press 2016) and Sustainable Interdisciplinarity: Social Research as Social Process (coauthored with Regina Bendix and Kilian Bizer; under review). More slowly she is working on Exemplary Failures: Gesture and Reciprocity in Democratic Reform.


Areas of Expertise
  • Ethnography
  • Folklore Studies
  • Performance
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

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