The Oral Tradition Staff
John Zemke directs the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition and the Center for eResearch at the University of Missouri. He began his study of verbal arts with his training in medieval Spanish literature under Samuel G. Armistead. He teaches courses on Hispanic Oral Traditions, History of the Spanish Language, and medieval Spanish Literature at the University of Missouri. His 2004 book entitled Mose ben Barukh Almosnino. Regimiento de la vida y Tratado de los suenyos (Salonika, 1564) reflects interest in restoring Spanish language documents in Hebrew characters to the historical record.
John Miles Foley was the Founding Director of the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition and the Center for eResearch at the University of Missouri, where he served as W. H. Byler Chair in the Humanities and Curators Professor of Classical Studies and English. Among his recent books are Oral Tradition and the Internet: Pathways of the Mind (2012), How to Read an Oral Poem (2002), an edition and translation of The Wedding of Mustajbey's Son Bećirbey as Performed by Halil Bajgorić (2004), and A Companion to Ancient Epic (2005). For further information see his curriculum vitae.
Sean Gurd, Associate Editor, works at the intersection of aesthetics, media studies, and classical philology. He has written Iphigenias at Aulis: Textual Multiplicity, Radical Philology (Cornell University Press, 2006); Work in Progress: Literary Revision as Social Performance in Ancient Rome (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Dissonance: Auditory Aesthetics in Ancient Greece (Fordham University Press, 2016). He edited Philology and its Histories (Ohio State University Press, 2010).
Katy Chenoweth, Managing Editor, is a PhD candidate in the Department of Classical Studies and has a master’s degree in Greek and Roman archaeology with an emphasis in bioarchaeology from Newcastle upon Tyne University. Her research interests include Seneca the Younger, ancient and modern geophilosophy, and literary cartography.
Rebecca Benson, Editorial Assistant, is a PhD student in the department of Classical Studies. Her research interests currently center on Homer, reception of ancient oral epics, and the development and use of folklore in digital communities.
Elise Broaddus, Editorial Assistant, is a PhD student in the English Department. Her work explores the moments of epistolarity in late medieval literature and the ways in which they relate and proceed from rhetorical discourses such as the ars dictaminis.
Chris Dobbs, Editorial Assistant, is a PhD student in the Department of Classical Studies with a minor in Ancient Studies. He has two BAs from Miami University and an MA from Columbia University. His research interests include ancient leisure, the epic tradition, and comparative mythology.
Emily Horn, Editorial Assistant, is a PhD student in the Department of Romance Languages with an emphasis in Spanish Golden Age literature and has an MA in Spanish literature from Saint Louis University. Her research interests include the theater of Lope de Vega and the role of the woman in Francoist Spain.
Kate Kelley, Editorial Assistant, is a PhD student in the Folklore program and a Lecturer in the Religious Studies Department. Her dissertation research focuses on medical racism in the U.S. with a particular emphasis on the political power of personal narratives. Her teaching and research interests also include the study of religion in science fiction and monsters in religion and folklore.
Mark Jarvis, IT Manager for the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition and the Center for eResearch, is responsible for coordinating the two centers' various technical projects, both Web-based and otherwise. His interests include user interface design, digital video production, 3D graphics and animation, and non-linear storytelling.
Hannah Lenon serves as Administrative Assistant for both the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition and the Center for eResearch. Her interests include interstitial fiction and transformative works.