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Associate Professor of English and Folklore


  • Ph.D. Folklore/Anth, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. Folklore/Anth, 1980, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S. Education, 1973, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. Psychology, 1973, University of Texas at Austin

Teaching Specialties

  • American Folklore
  • Folklore of the Southern United States
  • African-American Folklore
  • Foodways
  • Speech Play and Verbal Art
  • Mississippi Delta Folklore
  • Material Folk Culture
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Prison Folklore
  • Folk Narrative
  • Rural and Urban Ethnography

Courses Taught

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Special Topics: Graduate Studies in Folklore
  • American Folklore
  • Introduction to Folklore
  • African-American Folklore
  • Material Folk Culture
  • Special Topics in Heritage Studies: Folklore of the Powerless


  • 1996-1997 Faculty Achievement Award for Research and Scholarship, Arkansas State University.
  • Awarded matching grants from the Lecture-Concert series to bring blues performers to the Delta Blues Symposia, 1995-2004.
  • Heritage Studies Mini-Grant, ASU, $450, 2005.
  • College Faculty Achievement Award for Service, 2004-2005.

Richard Burns

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2164


Building: HSS
Room: 4083