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Katherine BorlandAssociate Professor of Comparative Studies
Director, Center for Folklore Studies
434 Hagerty Hall
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B.A., Humanities, University of Chicago (1980)
M.A., English Literature, Temple University (1986)
Ph.D., Indiana University, Folklore (1994)

Katherine Borland is associate professor of comparative studies and director of the Center for Folklore Studies. She studies and teaches about the artfulness of ordinary life, and the ways in which traditional expressive arenas constitute contested terrain.

Borland's publications include International Volunteer Tourism: Critical Reflections on Good Works in Central America (Palgrave, 2013), a collection of reflective essays on international volunteering in Central America co-edited with Abigail E. Adams and based on a 2012 conference at the Mershon Center.

Currently, she is engaged in two research projects: the ethics and aesthetics of solidarity activism, and an exploration of intersubjective meanings in women’s oral narrative, using the oral tales, letters, plays and performances of Beatrice Hanson as her text.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page
Center for Folklore Studies page
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Media Links
Office of International Affairs: Borland Awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant (2018)
Center for Folklore Studies: Katherine Borland awarded Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies (2018)
Center for Folklore Studies: Katherine Borland awarded Service-Learning Grant (2016)
Center for Folklore Studies: Borland elected to AFS executive board (2016)
Center for Folklore Studies: Katherine Borland receives Ratner Award (2014)

Mershon Projects
Good Works in Central America: Interrogating North American Voluntary Service (2011-12)