Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Professor of Folklore and English


  • Ph.D. Folklore, Indiana University, 2001
  • M.A. Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University, 1987
  • B.A. Communication Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 1983

Teaching Specialties

  • Folklife Studies
  • Ethnography
  • Heritage Programs
  • Folklore
  • Education

Courses Taught

  • World Literature to 1660 and World Literature since 1660
  • Introduction to Folklore
  • Ballad and Folksong
  • *Heritage Studies Courses

Research Interests

  • A Florida Fiddler: The Life and Times of Richard Seaman, published by University of Alabama Press.
  • With staff of Smithsonian Institution: Iowa Folklife: Our People, Communities, and Traditions, Smithsonian Institution.
  • With staff from Florida Folklife Program: The Florida Music Train, Florida Department of State; various video documentaries and audio recordings.
  • Most Recent Project: With Shihan De Silva Jayasuriya and Mariana Pinto Leitão Pereira, Hansen co-edited Sustaining Support for Intangible Cultural Heritage


  • Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Award 2009, Fellowship from the American Folklife Center within the Library of Congress.
  • Arkansas State University's Board of Trustees' 2009 "Faculty Achievement Award for Service."
  • Arkansas State University's Board of Trustees', "Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship," 2008.
  • Arkansas State University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2005.
  • (With staff of Florida Folklife Program) Dorothy Howard Prize for excellence in folklife education from the American Folklore Society's "Folklore and Education Section," 2003.
  • National Endowment for the Arts grants, 2003-9.

Gregory Hansen

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3508


Building: HSS
Room: 2055