About Jackie McGrath

Areas of Research Interest

  • Folklore Studies and Ethnography
  • Feminist and Sexualities Theories, and 20th Century American literature.

Recent Courses Taught

  • English 1101
  • English 1102
  • English 1160 (Native American Literature)
  • English 1150 (Short Fiction)

Current Projects

  • Working on a folklore studies textbook.

Selected Publications, Presentations, Performances, Books

  • "Stories of Ruth: An Ethnography of the Dunne Girls." Journal of American Folklore. Winter, 2005.
  • "'The Same Damn Stories': A Variation On Tradition in Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Southern Folklore, 57: 2. Winter 2001.
  • Three articles titled "Folk Belief," "Homeless Women," and "Applied Folklore" in The Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife. Edited by Theresa Vaughn, forthcoming December 2007.
  • Past presentations include papers delivered at the American Folklore Society meetings, the College Composition and Communication Conference, the Midwest Modern Language Association conference, and the Louisville 20th Century Studies Conference.


  • B.A., Eastern Illinois University;
  • M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, ABD University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia (English, Folklore Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Short center-fielder for the Chanimals, the English department softball team at the University of Missouri. Win/loss record for 2000-2003: 1 and 45.