Ph.D., 1972; Folklore, University of Indiana
M.A., 1967; B. A., 1966; English Literature, University of California (Berkeley)
Major Interests: Jewish cultural performance, aesthetics of everyday life, tourism, museums, and heritage.
Affiliations: Fellow and Past President, American Folklore Society; Advisory Council, Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, Smithsonian Institution ; National Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Fellowships/Honors: Distinguished Humanist Award, Ohio State University; Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania; Fellow, Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, University of Pennsylvania; Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences; Uppsala Winston Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1996; Advanced Research Seminar, School of American Research, Santa Fe, 1996; Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, 1995-1996; Getty Scholar, Getty Center for the Study of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica, 1991-1992; Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, 1990; Folklore Fellow, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, 1990; American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship in East European Studies, 1989-1990; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1986-1987.