• Ph.D. – Comparative Literature – University of California, Irvine
  • M.A. – Folklore – University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A. – Philosophy – University of California, Los Angeles


My research focuses on tradition, how knowledge of the past is (or is not) carried into the future via various modes of transmission, and how these processes are reflected, and reflected upon, in traditional narrative (myth, legend, folk/fairytale, epic). I tend to focus on texts representing three historical periods and methods of transmission: medieval manuscripts treating pre-Christian myth and epic, oral legends and tales recorded by folklorists near the turn of the twentieth century, and traditional narratives conveyed via the Internet.



  • 2014 “The Devil’s Pact: Diabolic Writing and Oral Tradition.” Western Folklore 73: 385-409.
  • 2013 “Vessels of Myth.” In Writing Down the Myths: The Construction of Mythology in Classical and Medieval Traditions, ed. Joseph Falaky Nagy, Brepols.
  • 2012 “Legend as Metatradition.” Fabula: Zeitschrift für Erzählforschung 53: 1-19.
  • 2010 “UFO-Abduction Narratives and the Technology of Tradition.” Cultural Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folklore and Popular Culture 9: 99-128.