Cassie Patterson

Cassie Patterson

Cassie Patterson

Assistant Director, Center for Folklore Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Folklore Studies
  • Appalachian Studies
  • Commemoration and public display
  • Post-industrial Ohio
  • Home and place
  • Moral Geography
  • Fieldwork and ethnography; collaborative ethnography


  • Ph.D., English, The Ohio State University, 2015
  • M.A., English, The Ohio State University, 2009.
  • B.A., English (Honors). California State University, San Bernardino, 2007.
  • B.A., Philosophy (Honors). California State University, San Bernardino, 2007.

Cassie Patterson is the Assistant Director of the Center for Folklore Studies and the Director of the Folklore Archives. Within folklore and Appalachian studies, Dr. Patterson's research interests include constructions of region, notions place and home, the politics of commemoration and public display, and the acts of travel and staying put. She is particularly interested in the ways that Xennials and Millennials in the Appalachian region (re)create a sense of place for themselves in a changing environment. Together with Dr. Katherine Borland, Cassie co-created the Ohio Field Schools initiative, an archival collection and service-learning course teaching ethnographic methods through experiential learning.

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