Area of Interest
folklore and folklife, gender, rituals, festivals , healing traditions, Louisiana folklife.
Awards & Honors
LEH Grant for Louisiana Folklore Society Annual Meeting, 2004; LSU Summer Research Grant, 2003.
Book: Cajun Mardi Gras Masks, co-auth. (1997).
Scholarly editions: Isleño Home Remedies ( 1999 ); Folklife and Cultural Diversity in Acadiana (1996).
Essays: Croatian-American Communities and Croatians in Louisiana, A Encyclopedia of American Folklife (2005); Marketing Mardi Gras: Heritage Tourism in Rural Acadiana, Western Folklore (2004 ); Making a Show for the People: Cajun Mardi Gras as Public Display, Signifying Serpents and Mardi Gras Runners: Representing Identity in Selected Souths (2003): Anything to Act Crazy: Cajun Women and Mardi Gras Disguise, Journal of American Folklore (2001); The Piney Woods Regional Folklife Project , Tributaries (1999); Folk Crafts, Community, and the Mississippi Craftsmen's Guild , The Guild at Twenty-Five (1998); I Read the Rules Backward: Women, Symbolic Inversion, and the Rural Cajun
Mardi Gras, Southern Folklore (1995) .