Philip Hiscock was Associate Professor of Folklore until his retirement in 2017. He specializes in the folklore of Newfoundland and Labrador with interests in custom, song, language, and their contemporary evolution.
His research ranges over language and folklore of the province, including the overlapping areas of vernacular and popular culture, and with a keen interest in the digitization of fieldwork materials.
For two decades (1979-99) he was Archivist of the MUN Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA). In 2007-08, he was President of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada (L'Association Canadienne d'Ethnologie et de Folklore).