Timothy Lloyd has served as the executive director of the American Folklore
Society since 2001.
Before coming to the Society, Lloyd served as executive director of Cityfolk, a non-profit folk arts presenting organization in Dayton, Ohio. Before that he was assistant director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Earlier in his career he served for 14 years as director of folk arts programs for the Ohio Arts Council and as a staff folklorist for the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the Maryland State Arts Council.
Lloyd received his BA in literature and anthropology and his MA in design, both from The Ohio State University. He received his PhD in American studies from The George Washington University, with specialties in American folklore and cultural history, 19th-century American literature, and African art and culture. His research interests include American foodways, occupational culture, and the history of public practice in the field of folklore. He has published articles and reviews in the major American folklore journals, and co-authored Lake Erie Fishermen: Work, Identity and Tradition (University of Illinois Press), named the best maritime history book of 1990 by the North American Society for Oceanic History.
Lloyd has served as a board and committee member or consultant for many organizations, including the French-American Foundation, the Fund for Folk Culture, the Michigan Council on the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Michigan State University Museum, the Ministry of Culture and Communication of the Republic of France, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Recording Preservation Board, the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohio Humanities Council, the Ohio State University Libraries, and the Smithsonian Institution.
November 1998 he took part in a French government-sponsored study tour
of local, regional, and national écomusées throughout France. He is a
visiting professor of folklore, and has lectured, at several Chinese universities. In
August 2012 he served a residency for the Fulbright Specialist Program
at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland.
Lloyd raises funds for and coordinates all of the Society's initiatives to benefit the field, and manages the work of the Society's Executive Board. He represents the AFS within the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Alliance, UNESCO, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Lorraine Walsh Cashman joined the American Folklore Society staff as associate director in April 2009.
Cashman received her BA in English and anthropology magna cum laude from Brown University (1988). She received her MA in English with a minor in folklore from Indiana University (1996), concentrating on narrative and genre theory and the relationships between folklore and literature. She also earned an MIS in Information Science (2000) from Indiana University, focusing on computer-mediated communication and instructional technology. Cashman taught introductory writing and literature classes at Indiana University, and was a lecturer for The Ohio State University Department of English.
Before AFS, she served as multimedia editor of web-based curricular material for the Agency for Instructional Technology in Bloomington, Indiana, and managing editor of The Information Society, a quarterly journal publishing research in social informatics. Earlier, she was the editorial associate at the Center for Foreign Policy Development of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.
Jesse A. Fivecoate joined the American Folklore Society staff as a graduate assistant in August 2016.
Fivecoate received his BS in applied cultural anthropology from Ball State University in 2012. As part of his undergraduate training he worked as an intern at the National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. Fivecoate completed an MA in folklore in 2012. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in folklore specializing in belief studies, supernatural traditions, and narrative. His dissertation examines legends and memorates of ghosts and hauntings along the Northern Irish border as a way of understanding the role of violence in place-making and collective memory. As a graduate student in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, he has taught a variety of undergraduate folklore courses as well as a folklore course for IU’s Lifelong Learning Program.
Fivecoate keeps the Society’s calendar and news and career centers current, and assists senior staff on a variety of projects.
Meredith McGriff joined the American Folklore Society as membership coordinator in September 2016.
McGriff manages AFS financial and member-database information, serves as designer and production editor for the annual meeting program book and annual report, and assists in the planning and production of the annual meeting.
Former AFS Staff
Charles Camp, 1981–1986
Brent Björkman, 2005–2007
Paulina Guerrero, 2015-2016
Administrative and Editorial Associate
Rob Vanscoyoc, 2011-2015
Shannon K. Larson, 2015-2016