Faculty Directory

Christine Cooper-Rompato

Christine Cooper-Rompato, associate professor of English, is a medievalist working on late medieval English religious writings. She co-edits The Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures (published by Penn State University Press), and she is currently working on a book on number and numeracy in medieval saints' lives, sermons, cycle plays, and pilgrimage texts. She has a forthcoming publication in Western Folklore titled, "The Talking Breast Pump," which examines personal experience narratives of nursing women who say their breast pumps speak to them. Contact Christine via email.

Lisa Gabbert

Lisa is an Associate Profesor of English and Director of the Folklore Program at Utah State University. Her research interests include folklore and landscape, festivity, and ritual and play in medical contexts. She teaches courses on region and landscape, folk art, children's folklore, theory, occupational folklore, and fieldwork. Her writing has appeared in a variety of journals, including the Journal of American Folklore, Western Folklore, Contemporary Legend, CUR Quarterly, Glimpse: The Art and Science of Seeing, and others. Her book, Winter Carnival in a Western Town: Identity, Change, and the Good of the Community, was published by Utah State University Press in 2011 and inaugurated the "Ritual, Festival, and Celebration" series by Jack Santino. She also has served on the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society. Contact Lisa via email.

Pat Gantt

Pat focuses on diversity literature, especially women writers and black writers. She teaches courses in English Education, focusing on the pedagogy of literature, as well as multicultural American literature. Dr. Gantt also teaches in the Women and Gender Studies Program, which she co-directed from 2002-2005. She holds a PhD in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Contact Pat via email.

Lynne McNeill

Lynne holds a PhD in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland and taught both online and face-to-face folklore classes. She has published articles and book chapters on varied subjects, including ghost hunting, animals in folklore, and Internet folklore. Her research interests include digital culture, legend, and belief. She is the co-founder of and faculty advisor for the USU Folklore Society. She recently published a book entitled Folklore Rules, a brief introduction to the foundational concepts in folklore studies for beginning students. Contact Lynne via email.

Claudia Schwabe

Claudia is an Assistant Professor of German and holds a PhD in German Studies from the University of Florida. She teaches courses in German literature and culture, as well as in folk and fairy tales. She has published articles and book chapters on varied subjects, including magic realism, European literary fairy tales, German tales of the Romantic period, East German fairy-tale films, and televisual adaptations of classical tales. Her research interests include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Romantic literature and culture, fairytale and folklore studies, German Orientalism, children's literature and film, cultural evolution of fairy tales, transmission and dissemination of fairy tales, fairy tales as cultural signifiers, and the uses of fairy tales in the undergraduate and graduate classroom. Contact Claudia via email.

Steve Shively

Steve is an Associate Professor with a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska. He teaches courses in English Education (including Young Adult Literature and Multicultural American Literature), American Literature and Culture, and Greek Mythology. His interests include the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Plains, myth, and secondary school curriculum. Contact Steve via email.

Steve Siporin

Steve holds a PhD in Folklore from Indiana University and has worked as a folk arts coordinator for public arts agencies in Idaho, Oregon, and Iowa. He has been teaching at Utah State University since 1986, and is jointly appointed as full professor in the Departments of English and History. His research interests include material culture, foodways, festivals, and Jewish and Italian folklore. Contact Steve via email.

Jeannie Thomas

Jeannie is the head of the Department of English. She holds a PhD in English and Folklore from the University of Oregon. She has published numerous books and articles, including Naked Barbies, Warrior Joes, and Other Forms of Visible Gender and Featherless Chickens, Laughing Women, and Serious Stories. Her research interests include gender, urban legends, the supernatural, and material culture. Contact Jeannie via email.

Barre Toelken

Barre is professor emeritus. He is known world-wide for his folklore research, which includes Navajo folklore and healing, ballads, and Japanese stories. He has published numerous books and articles, including The Dynamics of Folklore; Morning Dew and Roses: Nuance, Metaphor and Meaning in Folksongs; Ghosts and the Japanese: Cultural Experience in Japanese Death Legends; and The Anguish of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West, among others. Contact Barre via email.

Randy Williams

Randy is Fife Folklore Curator and oral history specialist at Utah State University's Special Collections and Archives. Along with managing the world-renowned Fife Folklore Archives, she directs USU's community-based fieldwork projects, bringing the voice of diverse peoples from the Inter-Mountain West into the Archives. At present, she is completing work on the Central Utah Project Oral History effort, Utah's largest water project. Other fieldwork efforts include: Ranch Family Documentation Project, Logan Canyon Land Use Management Oral History Collection, Latino/Latina Voices Project and Latino/a Voices Project Digital Collection, USU Veterans History Project, and Living Traditions of the Bear River Area. Contact Randy via email.