Robert Baron

Robert Baron is Professor of Practice in the Master of Arts Program in Cultural Sustainability at Goucher College. He has directed the Folk Arts Program, Museum Program and Music Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), served as Folklore Administrator of the National Endowment for the Humanities and as an educator at The Brooklyn Museum. Baron has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Finland, the Philippines and Slovenia, a Smithsonian Museum Practice Fellow, and Non-Resident Fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African-American Research at Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society and received its Benjamin A. Botkin award for significant lifetime achievement in public folklore. His research interests include public folklore, creolization, cultural policy, heritage studies and museum studies. Baron’s publications include Public Folklore, edited with Nick Spitzer; Creolization as Cultural Creativity, edited with Ana Cara; and articles in Curator, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Journal of American Folklore, Western Folklore and the Journal of Folklore Research. He holds a PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania.