Cory Thorne


Associate Professor, cross-appointed with Music

B.Mus. (Memorial)
M.A. (Pennsylvania)
Ph.D. (Pennsylvania)
ED4041, Education Bldg.

Dr. Cory W. Thorne is Associate Professor in 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, for his dissertation Come From Away: Community, Region, and Tradition in Newfoundland Expatriate Identity. His primary research areas are in queer and vernacular theory, underground economies, popular culture/music, critical regionalism, vernacular religion, vernacular architecture, material culture, and tangible/intangible cultural heritage. Since 2008, he has been conducting on-going ethnographic research with a “gay ranch” in Havana, Cuba. 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.