Simon J. Bronner, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of American Studies, School of Humanities

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Dr. Bronner, coordinator of the American Studies Doctoral Program, director of the Doctoral American Studies Program, and distinguished professor of american studies and folklore, received his Ph.D. in folklore and american studies from Indiana University in 1981. He became editor of the Encyclopedia of American Studies in 2011. He has been editor of the journals Material Culture and Folklore Historian and now edits book series entitled Material Worlds for the University Press of Kentucky and Jewish Cultural Studies for Littman. He is the author of many books, including Explaining Traditions: Folk Behavior in Modern Culture, Killing Tradition: Inside Hunting and Animal Rights Controversies, Folk Nation: Folklore in the Creation of American Tradition, Following Tradition: Folklore in the Discourse of American Culture; Grasping Things: Folk Material Culture and Mass Society; Chain Carvers: Old Men Crafting Meaning; American Folklore Studies: An Intellectual History; Piled Higher and Deeper: The Folklore of Campus Life; American Children's Folklore (winner of the Opie Prize for best book on children's folklore); Old-Time Music Makers of New York State (winner of the John Ben Snow Prize for best book on upstate New York), and Popularizing Pennsylvania: Henry W. Shoemaker and the Progressive Uses of Folklore and History. In addition, he has edited numerous books: a four-volume encyclopedia of American folklife, a cultural history of consumer society, folklife studies from the Gilded Age, creativity and tradition, the writing of Lafcadio Hearn, the writing of Alan Dundes, American folklore and nationalism, and folk art and material culture. He has been invited all over America and abroad to speak on his research and consult American Studies programs, and he won Penn State Harrisburg's awards for research, teaching, and service. Back home he is a highly regarded teacher; he won the Jordan Award for teaching from Penn State in 1985, and the Mary Turpie Prize from the American Studies Association for teaching, advising, and program development in 1999. He was visiting distinguished professor of American Studies at the University of California at Davis in 1991; during the 1996-1997 academic year he served as Fulbright Professor of American Studies at Osaka University in Japan, and in 2006 he was Walt Whitman Distinguished Chair at Leiden University in the Netherlands. In 1997-1998 he was at Harvard University serving as Visiting Professor of Folklore and American Civilization. In 2008, he became the founding director of Penn State Harrisburg's doctoral program in American Studies.