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Dorothy Noyes

Distinguished Scholar Award, 2021

Dorothy Noyes, professor of English, comparative studies and anthropology, has received the Distinguished Scholar Award, awarded each year to six Ohio State faculty members who demonstrate scholarly activity, research or other creative works representing exceptional achievements in their respective fields.

Noyes is one of the world’s leading folklorists whose ethnographic and historical research addresses the traditional public sphere across Romance-speaking Europe. She has authored four books — one of which, Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco, won the 2005 Book Prize of the Fellows of the American Folklore Society. Noyes writes and publishes in English, French, Catalan and Spanish, and her scholarship has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, German, Croatian and Turkish. She receieved an honorary doctorate from the University of Tartu in Estonia in 2019. While Noyes teaches English, comparative studies and international studies and advises graduate students in many departments, her work in the Center for Folklore Studies has solidified its reputation as one of the preeminent graduate folklore programs in the U.S.

Noyes has received fellowships and awards for her research and grants for organizing conferences and working groups from the Teagle Foundation; the BMW Group; the Camargo Foundation; the Georg-August Universität, Göttingen; the Program for Cultural Cooperation, Ministry of Culture and Education, Spain; the Societatea Academicá de Cercetare a Religillor si Ideologillor; and the Cambridge University Center of Research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She is a fellow and a recent president of the American Folklore Society.

“She is my generation’s intellectual leader in the field of folklore studies, and she is the scholar to whom folklorists point when asked by colleagues in other fields to identify the folklore studies scholar whom they should be reading,” said one of Noyes’ colleagues.

Said another colleague, “Noyes is rare not simply in the care and polish she brings to her writing, but also in her disciplinary breadth and her commitment to both scholarly sophistication and questions of social justice, addressed not in a partisan fashion but rather grounded in her understanding of the workings of cultural expressions in increasingly global and economically determined contexts.”

Distinguished Scholar Award recipients receive a $20,000 research grant and a $3,000 honorarium to pursue their scholarly activity.