Rory Turner

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

VM G14


AB Brown University 1986

MA Indiana University 1992

PhD Indiana University 1998

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Folklore theory, Public Folklore, Cultural Sustainability, Ritual, Festivals and Performance, Fieldwork, Africa, Maryland traditions, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Symbolic Anthropology

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

Communitas Revisited. Paper delivered at annual meeting of the American Folklore Society, Oct. 15, 2011 in Bloomington, IN

Invited Talk on Music and Cultural Sustainability, May 19, 2011, Portland State University

Keynote Address on Cultural Sustainability for the Arkansas Arts Council Artslink Conference 2010, Little Rock, AR

Awards/Significant Accomplishments

Founding Academic Director of Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability program at Goucher College

Co-Founder Maryland Traditions Program at the Maryland States Arts Council


Rory Turner, Ph.D. is a member of Goucher College's undergraduate faculty.. He founded, launched and continues to teach in Goucher College's Master of the Arts in Cultural Sustainability Program. Formerly Program Director for Folk and Traditional Arts and Program Initiative Specialist at the Maryland State Arts Council, he co-founded and directed the Maryland Traditions program from 2000-2007. Maryland Traditions developed a robust infrastructure for the study and support of traditional arts and culture in Maryland including grant programs, research, and, and award winning products such as the Bridge to Boardwalk audio journey of Maryland's Eastern Shore. He is former president of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association. Publications include articles, reviews and creative writing in such journals as Folklore Forum, Anthropology and Humanism, and TDR (The Drama Review).  He has served on grant review panels for the City of Baltimore, the Pennsylvania Commission for the Arts, the New Jersey State Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.