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Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology - Ann Ferrell

Dr. Ann Ferrell

Dr. Ann Ferrell

Associate Professor, Folk Studies

Office:  FAC 272
Phone:  270 745-5896


Graduate Courses

FLK 480G: Women’s Folklife

FLK 569: Folklore Genres

FLK 571: Folk Narrative

FLK 577: Folklore Theory

FLK 585: Topics in Folklore: Foodways

Undergraduate courses

FLK 276: Introduction to Folk Studies

FLK 371: Urban Folklore

FLK 373: Folklore and the Media

FLK 379: Topics in Folklore: Foodways (undergraduate)

FLK 480: Women’s Folklife



B.A., Women’s Studies, State University of New York at New Paltz

M.A., Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University

Ph.D., English/Folklore, Ohio State University


My research interests include narrative, rhetorics of tradition and heritage, gendered knowledge, and land-based occupations, as well as history of the field. My recent and ongoing fieldwork has been with Kentucky burley tobacco farmers and members of the organization Kentucky Women in Agriculture. In addition to my academic work, I have experience in public folklore and with non-profit and governmental women’s organizations.

Selected Publications

Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century (2013; paperback 2016). University Press of Kentucky.

2014.“Cutting a Thousand Sticks of Tobacco Makes a Boy a Man: Traditionalized Performances of Masculinity in Occupational Contexts.” In Unsettling Assumptions: Tradition, Gender, Drag, eds. Pauline Greenhill and Diane Tye. Utah State University Press.

2012. "Doing masculinity: gendered challenges to replacing burley tobacco in central Kentucky." Agriculture and Human Values Vol. 29, Issue 2.

2012. “‘It’s really hard to tell the true story of tobacco’: Stigma, Tellability, and Reflexive Scholarship.” Journal of Folklore Research.


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