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Robert Baron has served as the Folk Arts Program Director at the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) since its establishment in 1985. He has also served as the Director of NYSCA's Museum Program from 1996-2000, and as Senior Research Specialist in the Education Division of The Brooklyn Museum of Art from 1977-79. From 2000-2001, while on leave of absence from NYSCA, he acted as Folklore Administrator of the National Endowment for the Humanities, where he researched past NEH support and explored new directions for its involvement with folklore. He has served as President of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, on the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society, and as an adjunct lecturer in the American Studies Program at Rutgers - Newark. Baron's publications and continuing research interests involve public folklore, cultural policy, the history of folklore studies, creolization and the folklore of peoples of African descent in the Americas. He holds a PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania.