Dorothy Noyes

Dorothy  Noyes

Dorothy Noyes


105L Mershon Center
1501 Neil Ave.
Columbus campus

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Areas of Expertise

  • Folklore
  • Performance
  • Ethnography
  • Festival and ritual
  • Catalonia
  • Cultural diplomacy


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1992

Dorothy Noyes is a professor at The Ohio State University with a joint appointment between the Departments of English and Comparative Studies and courtesy appointments in Anthropology, French and Italian 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. She is the author of Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003); Humble Theory: Folklore’s Grasp on Social Life (Indiana University Press 2016); and Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Guide for the Academy (coauthored with Regina F. Bendix and Kilian Bizer, University of Illinois Press, 2017). Her current book project is Exemplary Failures: Gesture and Pedagogy in Liberal Politics, and she is also thinking about the problem of common sense. Elected Fellow of the American Folklore Society in 2005, she is serving as AFS president-elect in 2017, president in 2018-19, and past president in 2020. She spent six years on the executive board of the Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore and has lectured or taught in 15 countries. Her interdisciplinary projects have included a six-year stint as Fellow of the Göttingen Interdisciplinary Working Group on Cultural Property. Among her courses at Ohio State are The Fairy Tale and Reality, American Regional Cultures in Transition, Cultures of Waste and Recycling, Cultural Diplomacy and Poetry and Politics in the twentieth-century Mediterranean.

Selected Publications

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