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Jeannie Thomas

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English

Department Head and Professor

Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: RWST 201C
SendEmail: jeannie.thomas@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, English/Folkore and Ethnic Studies, (Ethnic Literature (Language: German)), University of Oregon, 1992
MS, American Studies, Utah State University, 1987
BS, American Studies, Utah State University, 1985

Biography

Dr. Jeannie Banks Thomas is a professor and the head of the English Department. She also served as Interim Associate Dean for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (2008-10); the Interim Program Head for Interior Design (2006-2008); and the Director of the Folklore Program (2003-2008). She earned her PhD at the University of Oregon in 1992 in English with an emphasis in Folklore and Ethnic Studies. She taught at Indiana State University prior to coming to USU. A specialist in legend and the supernatural, material culture, and gender, her books include: Putting the Supernatural in Its Place (University of Utah Press, 2015); Haunting Experiences (Utah State University Press, 2007), winner of the Brian McConnell Award; Naked Barbies, Warrior Joes, and Other Forms of Visible Gender (University of Illinois Press, 2003); and Featherless Chickens, Laughing Women, and Serious Stories (University of Virginia Press, 1997), winner of the Elli Köngäs-Maranda Prize. She has published numerous articles and book chapters. Recent publications include a book chapter on Cape Breton (Canada) ghost stories and #BlackLivesMatter. The latter grew out of her work with the Digital Folklore Project (DFP), which she originated and co-directs. The DFP is a virtual research and tracking center hosted by Utah State University's Department of English, Folklore Program, and Fife Folklore Archives in the Merrill-Cazier Library. It tracks digital folklore trends—such as urban legends, Internet memes, hashtags, videos, and other trending items. It creates digital depositories of this online lore and annually announces the #DigitalTrendoftheYear. The recipient of several awards for her research, teaching, and service, Dr. Thomas is the former editor of Midwestern Folklore. She has been a member of the editorial boards of Western Folklore and Folklore Historian. She also served on American Folklore Society’s Publications Committee, the Governing Council of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, and the Native Memory Project.


Teaching Interests

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

Research Interests

legend, the supernatural, gender, material culture

Awards

USU Administrator Diversity Award, 2015

Utah State University

Diversity Award, 2014

Department of English

Brian McConnell Book Award, 2008

Humanist of the Year, 2001

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanist of the Year, 2001

Department of English

Kongas-Miranda Award, 1998

American Folklore Society

Diversity Award, 1998

Indiana State University

Educational Excellence Teaching Award, 1997

Indiana State University College of Arts and Sciences

Outstanding Composition Teacher Award, 1991

University of Oregon Department of English

Service Award, 1991

University of Oregon School of Graduate Studies

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Books

    • Thomas, J., (2015). Putting the Supernatural in Its Place: Folklore, the Hypermodern, and the Ethereal. University of Utah Press
    • Thomas, J., Goldstein, D., Grider, S., (2007). Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore. Utah State University Press
    • Thomas, J., (2003). Naked Barbies, Warrior Joes, and Other Forms of Visible Gender. University of Illinois Press
    • Thomas, J., (1997). Featherless Chickens, Laughing Women, and Serious Stories. University of Virginia Press
    • Book Chapters

    • Thomas, J., (2015). Introduction: Putting the Supernatural in Its Place. University of Utah Press
    • Thomas, J., (2015). Which Witch is Witch? Salem, Massachusetts: Putting the Supernatural in Its Place. University of Utah Press
    • Thomas, J., (2011). The Cemetery as Marketplace in Salem, Massachusetts: Fieldworking. Bedford/St. Martin’s
    • Thomas, J., (2007). Heckling Hillary: Jokes, Late-Night Television, and Hillary Rodham Clinton: Geek Chic: Smart Women in Popular Culture. Palgrave Macmillan
    • Thomas, J., (2006). Communicative Commemoration and Graveside Shrines: Jim Morrison, Princess Diana, My ‘Bro’ Max, and Boogs the Cat.: Spontaneous Shrines and Public Memorializations of Death. Palgrave Macmillan
    • Thomas, J., (2000). Ride 'Em, Barbie Girl: Commodifying Folklore, Place and the Exotic: Worldviews and the West.
    • Thomas, J., (1995). ISU's Barfing Ghost Legend: Special Edition of Study Skills for Today's College Student. McGraw-Hill, Inc.

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Thomas, J., (2000). Stone Angels, Naked Mourners, and Various Virgins: Statues, Legends, and the Gendering of Intimacy. Contemporary Legend, 3, 127-160.
        • Thomas, J., (1995). Pickup Trucks, Horses, Women, and Foreplay: The Fluidity of Folklore. Western Folklore, 54.3, 213-228.
        • Thomas, J., (1994). Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Postmodern: Folklore and Contemporary Literary Theory. Southern Folklore, 51.2, 107-120.
        • Thomas, J., (1992). The Bighorn Medicine Wheel: When Native American Religion Becomes American History. Midwestern Folklore, 18.2, 56-63.
        • Thomas, J., (1991). Hecate in a Habit: Gender, Religion, and Legend. Northwest Folklore, 9.2, 14-27.
        • Thomas, J., (1991). Pain, Pleasure, and the Spectral: The Barfing Ghost of Burford Hall. Folklore Forum, 24.2, 27-38.

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

                  Other

                • Thomas, J., (2009). Barbie Doll: Encyclopedia of Women’s Folklore and Folklife. Greenwood Press
                • Thomas, J., (2009). Ghosts: The Chicago Companion to the Child. The University of Chicago Press
                • Thomas, J., (2005). Gender: Encyclopedia of World Folkore. Greenwood Press
                • Thomas, J., (1998). Postmodernism: Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature. ABC-CLIO

                * Has not been peer reviewed

                Scheduled Teaching

                ENGL 6920 - Directed Study, Summer 2019

                ENGL 3700 - Regional Folklore, Spring 2019

                ENGL 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2018

                ENGL 4700, 6760 - Folk Material Culture, Spring 2018

                ENGL 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2017

                ENGL 6920 - Directed Study, Spring 2017

                ENGL 6770 - Seminar in Folklore and Folklife, Spring 2017

                ENGL 6920 - Directed Study, Summer 2016

                ENGL, HIST 3700 - Regional Folklore, Spring 2016

                ENGL 6770 - Seminar in Folklore and Folklife, Spring 2015

                ENGL 6990 - Continuing Graduate Registration, Spring 2014

                ANTH,ENGL,HIST 2210 - Introduction to Folklore, Spring 2014

                ENGL 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2013

                ENGL 6990 - Continuing Graduate Registration, Fall 2013

                ENGL 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2013

                ENGL 6990 - Continuing Graduate Registration, Spring 2013

                ANTH,ENGL,HIST 2210 - Introduction to Folklore, Spring 2013

                ENGL 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2012

                ENGL 6990 - Continuing Graduate Registration, Fall 2012

                ENGL 7920 - Directed Study, Fall 2012

                ENGL 6990 - Continuing Graduate Registration, Summer 2012

                ENGL 7970 - DISSERTATION RESEARCH, Summer 2012

                ENGL 7990 - CONTINUING GRADUATE ADVISEMENT, Spring 2012

                ENGL 6990 - Continuing Graduate Registration, Spring 2012

                ENGL 3710 - Folklore Colloquium, Spring 2012

                ENGL 6770 - Seminar in Folklore and Folklife, Spring 2012

                ENGL 7920 - Directed Study, Fall 2011

                ENGL,HIST 3070,6770 - Perspectives in Folklore, Summer 2011

                ENGL 7990 - CONT GRAD ADVISEMENT, Spring 2011

                ENGL 6990 - CONT GRAD REGISTR, Spring 2011

                ENGL 7970 - DISSERTATION RESEARCH, Spring 2011

                ENGL 6970 - THESIS, Spring 2011

                ENGL 7990 - CONTINUING GRADUATE ADVISEMENT, Fall 2010

                ENGL 6990 - Continuing Graduate Registration, Fall 2010

                ENGL 5920 - Directed Study, Fall 2010

                ENGL 7970 - DISSERTATION RESEARCH, Fall 2010

                ENGL 3070 - Perspectives in Folklore, Fall 2010

                HIST 3070 - Perspectives in Folklore, Fall 2010

                ENGL 7900 - RESEARCH INTERNSHIP, Fall 2010

                ENGL 6970 - Thesis, Fall 2010


                Graduate Students Mentored