Jeannie Thomas

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Contact Information

RWST 203A
Email: jeannie.thomas@usu.edu
Office Phone: (435) 797-2733

Faculty Bio

Professor Thomas has published books and articles on gender, legend, and material culture. Her books include Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore (Utah State University Press, 2007) co-authored with Diane Goldstein and Sylvia Grider. This book won the 2008 Brian McConnell Book Award, which is an international prize for research in legend studies. She also published a book that looks at material culture and the oral narratives about it, Naked Barbies, Warrior Joes, and Other Forms of Visible Gender (University of Illinois Press, 2003). Her feminist study of women's stories, Featherless Chickens, Laughing Women, and Serious Stories (University of Virginia Press, 1997), was the winner of the Elli Köngäs-Maranda Prize, which is an international prize for gender research. She is the former editor of Midwestern Folklore; she has also been a member of the editorial boards of Western Folklore and Folklore Historian. She also served on American Folklore Society’s Publications Committee and the Governing Council of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research. Dr. Thomas is the head of the Department of English. She was also an interim associate dean for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; the Interim Department Head for Interior Design; and the Director of Folklore Studies at USU. Dr. Thomas earned her PhD at the University of Oregon in 1992 in English with an emphasis in Folklore and Ethnic Studies. Before coming to USU, she taught at Indiana State University.

Teaching Interests

legend, folklore theories and methods, American folklore, folk narrative, and survey courses

Research Interests

legend, the supernatural, gender, material culture

Education

  • PhD - University of Oregon - 1992
  • MS - Utah State University - 1987
  • BS - Utah State University - 1985

Awards/Honors

  • Brian McConnell Book Award - August 2008
  • Humanist of the Year - April 2001
  • Humanist of the Year - February 2001

Books

  • Scholarly - Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore - 2007 - Co-authored by: Diane Goldstein, and Sylvia Grider.
  • Scholarly - Naked Barbies, Warrior Joes, and Other Forms of Visible Gender - 2003
  • Scholarly - Featherless Chickens, Laughing Women, and Serious Stories - 1997

Publications

  • Entry in scholarly Encyclopedia - Ghosts - The Chicago Companion to the Child
  • Book, Chapter in Textbook-New - The Cemetery as Marketplace in Salem, Massachusetts - Fieldworking - 2011
  • Entry in scholarly Encyclopedia - Barbie Doll - Encyclopedia of Women’s Folklore and Folklife - 2009

Contracts/Grants Awarded

  • Utah Humanities Council : public presentation by novelist and critic Helena Maria Support for a Viramontes - $500
  • Women and Gender Research Institute Support for Helena Maria Viramontes’ visit as creative speaker for Women’s History Month - $300
  • Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Indian Tribes