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IU's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology is a leading center for the worldwide study of vernacular arts, and of the historical, cultural and social contexts in which these arts are embedded. The home to two closely aligned disciplines with a deep shared history at IU, the department has a distinguished history and a bright future in the areas of research, teaching, public outreach and community service. The work of our faculty and students spans the globe and reaches across time to, for instance, contemplate the future impacts of new digital technologies or to reassess the meaning of ancient mythologies. At all levels, we train students to both make sense of the human world and to engage it actively as globally aware citizens. Our diverse course offerings provide methodological, theoretical, historical, and practical instruction, as well as introductions to the world's cultural diversity and to the broad range of human expression, including music, visual art, material culture, verbal art, cultural performance, and cosmological and mythological systems. The department offers numerous joint degree programs and is home to a rich mixture of archives, public art programs, and publication initiatives, all of which provide tremendous opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom. We invite you to learn more about our unique program.

Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
504 N. Fess
Bloomington, IN 47408
phone: (812) 855-1027
fax: (812) 855-4008

2011 Staff Photo

2014-2015 Staff Photo

Audrey Bigelow, Michelle Bright, Chris Roush, Sheri Sherrill, Michelle Melhouse, Krystie Herndon

Photo by Lyn Jones

Administrative Staff

Staff Member Contact Duties
Accounting Associate 504 N. Fess
Processes financial and other documents for the department including travel; requisitions and purchase orders, payroll, edocs, and disbursement vouchers
Michelle MelhouseMichelle Melhouse
Graduate Recorder
504 N. Fess
Manages both undergraduate and graduate student affairs especially graduate admissions, academic records and financial aid information
Chris RoushChris Roush
Manager of Enrollment, Events, & Communication
504 N. Fess
Manages course scheduling and enrollments, events, public relations, communication, and the department website
Sheri SherrillSheri Lynn Sherrill
Fiscal Officer/ Office Manager
504 N. Fess
Oversees financial activities of the department as well as student and faculty affairs, assistantships, and instructorships


Pravina ShuklaPravina Shukla
Director of Graduate Studies

Fernando OrejuelaFernando Orejuela
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Fall 2015

Mellonee BurnimMellonee Burnim
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Spring 2016

Krystie HerndonKrystie Herndon
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Sycamore Hall 301

Institute Directors

John Holmes McDowellJohn Holmes McDowell
Chair of the Department
Director, Folklore Institute


Ruth M. Stone Ruth M. Stone
Director, Ethnomusicology Institute