Tom Mould is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Elon University and director of PERCS, Elon’s Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies. He is the author of three books—Choctaw Prophecy: A Legacy of the Future (2003), Choctaw Tales (2004), and Still, the Small Voice: Revelation, Personal Narrative and the Mormon Folk Tradition (2011)—and the co-edited book The Individual and Tradition (2011). He has also published on issues of generic boundaries, constructed identities, and narrative and performance traditions in a number of cultures, including in American Indian and African-American communities, and in the rural southeast of the U.S. His video documentaries include topics in folklife in Indiana that include morel mushroom hunting, stonecarving, covered bridges, African-American stepping, euchre, the Miami Indian powwow, and quilting, produced with Brooke Barnett. He has also co-produced television episodes on Kentucky pottery and blacksmithing. All of his documentaries have aired on local public television. At Elon University, Mould teaches a video ethnography course where students produce their own video ethnographies, some of which have gone on to win national awards. Mould is currently working on a collaborative research project to understand the effect that contemporary legends about the welfare system in the U.S. have on shaping public opinion and public policy. He hopes to write a book for a general audience that will engage people in a broader discussion about the intersection of folklore and public policy.
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