Welcome to Folklore & Folklife at
The Graduate Program in Folklore
and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania began in 1962 under the
direction of MacEdward Leach, a medievalist who taught in the English
department, and whose sound recordings from Jamaica, Newfoundland, and
the Southern Mountains launched the Folklore Archive. Over the next
four decades nearly 250 students earned the Ph.D. in Folklore from
In 1999, the Department of Folklore and Folklife was restructured as a
Graduate Program and a Center for Folklore and Ethnography (open
Graduate Program, chaired by Dan Ben-Amos, is among a select group of
academic programs in the United States offering graduate degrees (the
M.A. and the Ph.D.) in folklore. The Program also offers a large number
of undergraduate courses, enabling students at the college to minor in
The offices, seminar room, archive, and resource
library for the Program are on the fourth floor of 3619
Locust Walk, near the center of campus.
A Important Note for Prospective
Admissions to the graduate program in folklore and
folklife are presently suspended. However, we continue to offer
graduate and undergraduate courses in folklore and folklife. If you are
interested in applying to a related program at
Penn, and would like to explore the possibility of a concentration in
folklore, please write to Prof.
Dan Ben-Amos, the program chair.