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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


FLK 276: Introduction to Folk Studies (undergrad class)

FLK 371: Urban Folklore (undergrad class)

FLK 379: Topics in Folklore: Foodways (undergraduate)

FLK 480/480G: Women’s Folklife

FLK 569: Folklore Genres

FLK 571: Folk Narrative

FLK 585: Topics in Folklore: Foodways



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. My recent and ongoing fieldwork has been with Kentucky burley tobacco farmers and farmers who are transitioning from tobacco to other crops. 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 (forthcoming). University Press of Kentucky

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

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

2009 Book review. These Are Our Stories: Women’s Stories of Abuse and Survival by Jan Rosenberg, Western Folklore Vol. 68, No. 2/3.

2003 Book review. Women Escaping Violence: Empowerment Through Narrative by Elaine J. Lawless, Journal of American Folklore Vol. 166, No. 462.

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