Jon Lee, PhD

Department of English

Phone: 617-994-6856
Fax: 617-573-8703
Office: 73 Tremont Street, 8th Floor, Room 8057

Fall 2018 Office Hours 

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Mondays & Wednesdays


  • 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

Selected Publications


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).


Visiting Professor of Folklore, Utah State University, Spring 2015

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.

Courses Taught

WRI-101 First Year Writing I
WRI-102 First Year Writing II