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About Lynne S. McNeill


Lynne is the faculty adviser for the USU Folklore Society and currently serves as lecturer liaison for the English Department.


Lynne's research interests include digital culture, legend and belief, and teaching folklore. She has published articles and book chapters on varied subjects including ghost hunting, animals in folklore, and Internet folklore. Her doctoral dissertation focused on a set of traditional activities that involve the tracking of objects through the landscape by means of Internet-based collaboration. Lynne is currently working on a similar project that considers the ways in which virtual networks are brought to bear on physical localities.

Professional Activities

Lynne has worked for several scholarly folklore journals. She was the editorial assistant of Western Folklore and the reviews editor for Cultural Analysis in 2001-2002. She served on the editorial board of Cultural Analysis from 2002-2004. She is currently the book review editor for Contemporary Legend.
Lynne is currently the secretary/treasurer of the Folklore Society of Utah and has served on the membership committee and the graduate student working group of the American Folklore Society.
PhD, Folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009
MA, American Studies / Folklore, Utah State University, 2002
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1999


Lynne teaches courses in composition and folklore.


Present Faculty Advisor, USU Folklore Society, Utah State University Folklore Studies
Present Assistant Professor of English, Utah State University English

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • Canadian Assoc. of Graduate Schools Distinguished Dissertation Award, 2010, Nominee
  • Mortar Board Society “Top Prof” award, 2008, Utah State University
  • Invited Member, AFS Graduate Student Working Group, 2007-2008
  • First Runner-Up, Golden Gumbo Award, 2004, Dr. Bill Ellis
  • Honorable Mention, Elli Köngäs-Maranda Prize, 2004, American Folklore Society
  • Graduate/Alumni/Professional Sister of the Year, 2002, Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority
  • Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society, member, 2001-present


  • ENGL/HIST 4750/6750: Fife Folklore Workshop
  • ENGL/HIST 3710: Film and Folklore
  • ENGL/HIST/ANTH 2210: Introduction to Folklore
  • ENGL/HIST/ANTH 3070: Perspectives in Folklore
  • ENGL/HIST/ANTH 2720: Survey of American Folklore
  • ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing
  • ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing
  • ENGL 6820: English Teaching Practicum

Contact Information

Phone: (435) 535-6061