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Dorry NoyesProfessor
English and Comparative Studies
105L Mershon Center
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B.A., Indiana University, Department of English (1983)
M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Department of Folklore and Folklife (1987)
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Department of Folklore and Folklife (1992)

Dorothy Noyes is 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.

Noyes’ 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 Academywith 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, Noyes was named 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 are American Regional Cultures in Transition, Cultures of Waste and Recycling, Cultural Diplomacy, and Poetry and Politics in the 20th Century Mediterranean.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Publications (pdf)
Department of English page
Comparative Studies page
Center for Folklore Studies page
Project page: Mershon Research Network in Cultural Resilience
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Media Links
Mershon Center: Do folklore and security studies mix? Mershon affiliate says yes (2017)
Center for Folklore Studies: Congratulations to Dr. Noyes on her recent book (2017)
Center for Folklore Studies: Noyes elected president of American Folklore Society (2017)

Mershon Projects
Exemplary Failures: Gesture and Pedagogy in Liberal Politics (2017-18)
Sustainable Pluralism: Linguistic and Cultural Resilience in Multiethnic Societies, with Brian Joseph (2014-15)
Tales of Trickery, Tales of Endurance: Gender, Performance, and Politics in the Islamic World and Beyond, with Margaret Mills (2011-12)
Making Sense in Afghanistan: Interaction and Uncertainty in International Interventions, with Margaret Mills (2009-10)
The Race in Culture: Ethnology and Empire in the Long Twentieth Century, with Alice Conklin (2008-09)
Culture Archives and the State: Between Socialism, Nationalism and the Global Market, with Margaret Mills (2006-07)
Convivencia: Performance, Public Space, and Democratization in Plural Societies (1999-2002)