Jon Lee, PhD

Instructor, English

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  • PhD, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Folklore)
  • MFA, Lesley University (Poetry)
  • MA, Utah State University (Folklore)
  • BA, Gonzaga University (History, Spanish minor)

Research Interests

  • Folk Medicine
  • Oral Narratives
  • Folk Literature
  • Urban Legends and the Supernatural
  • Modern Poetry 
  • Creative Writing

Select Publications


  • IN/DESIDERATO. Durham, North Carolina: Jacar Press, 2021
  • An Epidemic of Rumors: How Stories Shape Our Perceptions of Disease. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2014.
  • These Around Us. Hemet, California: Aldrich Press, 2014.
  • Ode to Brian: The Long Season. Winside, Nebraska: Logan House Press, 2006.

Book Reviews

  • “Review of Diagnosing Folklore: Perspectives on Disability, Health and Trauma.” Journal of American Folklore (forthcoming).
  • “Review of From Nursery Rhymes to Nationhood: Children’s Literature and the Construction of Canadian Identity.” Children’s Folklore Review 31 (2009).
  • “Review of Véronique Campion-Vincent’s Organ Theft Legends.” Marvels & Tales 21.2 (2006).

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “Tradition and Illness Narratives.” American Folklore Society, Long Beach, California, 2015.
  • “A Troubling Tendency to Exist: New Strategies for Dealing with Harmful Narratives.” Northeast Popular/American Culture Association, Providence, Rhode Island, 2014.
  • “The H1N1 Rumor Epidemic.” American Folklore Society, Nashville, Tennessee, 2010.
  • “Full Circle: The Recycling of Disease Narratives.” International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, Baddeck, Nova Scotia, 2009.
  • “‘Please Receive Communion Through Your Hands’: Personal and Communal Mediation of Stigma in the 2003 SARS Epidemic.” American Folklore Society, Québec City, Canada, 2007.
  • “Private Actions in Public Spaces: SARS and Paradigm Violations." International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 2007.
  • “Public Reactions to the SARS Virus: Rumors, Panics and Pseudo-Preventatives.” International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, Aberystwyth, Wales, 2004.

Awards & Honors

  • Visiting Professor of Folklore, Utah State University, Spring 2015
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Courses Taught

  • ENG-130 Introduction to Literature
  • WRI-101 First Year Writing I
  • WRI-102 First Year Writing II
  • CI-115 Poetry Out Loud
  • WRI-H103 Advanced First Year Writing