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Dr. Cory Thorne

Dr. Cory Thorne
Education Building, Rm 4047
Department of Folklore
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X8
Phone: 709-864-6211


Cory W. Thorne is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is cross-appointed with Memorial’s School of Music and is a member of the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place (MMaP). He is past-president of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada, and convener of the LGBTQ and Allies Section of the American Folklore Society. He received his Ph.D. in folklore in 2004 from the University of Pennsylvania and began his studies in ethnomusicology and popular culture at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His primary research areas are in queer and vernacular theory, underground economies, popular culture/music, critical regionalism, vernacular religion, and material culture. Since 2008, he has been conducting on-going ethnographic research with a “gay ranch” in Havana province. His past research was focused on Newfoundland expatriate community associations, involving fieldwork in Newfoundland spaces (including folk festivals, social clubs, bars, and restaurants) in Alberta, Ontario, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.