Dr. Diane Goldstein
University Research Professor
Department of Folklore
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
Dr. Diane Goldstein's areas of specialty include belief studies, folk medicine, folk religion, supernatural traditions, applied folklore, the ethnography of speaking, and narrative. She is the author of a number of articles on religious events and speech, narratives of supernatural experience, and educational applications of folklore. She is co-author of Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore (with Sylvia Grider and Jeannie Banks Thomas, Utah State University Press, 2007) and author of Once Upon a Virus: AIDS Legends and Vernacular Risk Perception (Utah State University Press, 2004), co-editor (with Cindy Patton and Heather Worth) of a special issue of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, entitled "Reckless Vectors: The Infecting 'Other' in HIV/AIDS Law" (2005) and editor of one of the earliest interdisciplinary anthologies on AIDS, entitled Talking AIDS: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (ISER Books, 1991). Diane has been extensively invovled in health priority-setting and policy-making initiatives over the last twenty years, including a three-year appointment to the Canadian national Planning and Priorities Forum for HIV/AIDS. Diane is currently President of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, member of the Executive board of the American Folklore Society, and serves, or has served, on the editorial boards of the Journal of American Folklore, Folklore , Ethnologies, Contemporary Legend, Electronic Journal of Folklore and the Journal of Applied Folklore.
Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary
Folklore. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2007.