B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1971
M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1972
Ph.D., ibid., 1975
ENGL 798: Studies/Ethnography of Music
ENGL 932: Seminar/Folklore and Folklife
Burt Feintuch is professor of folklore and English and director of the Center for the Humanities. Under his leadership, the Center has built an endowment, developed many interdisciplinary programs, supported hundreds of faculty research projects, become the home to several undergraduate programs, and developed a study-abroad program in Ghana.
Feintuch has published on traditional music, cultural conservation, and other topics in traditional and vernacular culture. From 1990-95 he edited the Journal of American Folklore. With David H. Watters, he published the Encyclopedia of New England, which was named a best book of the year by the Boston Globe and the Library Journal, among others. He has done ethnographic research in roots music cultures in Great Britain, the United States, and Canada. For many years he researched traditional music and culture on Cape Breton Island. His latest book, In the Blood: Cape Breton Conversations on Culture, with photographs by Gary Samson, won an Independent Publisher Book Award. His current book project, "Talking New Orleans Music," is also a partnership with Samson, under contract with the University Press of Mississippi.
Feintuch has produced sound recordings for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the Rounder label. A documentary about black gospel music he produced had a national airing on PBS. At the invitation of the Librarian of Congress, he serves on the National Recording Preservation Board, and for five years, he represented the American Folklore Society at the World Intellectual Property Organization. He has been awarded grants and fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Council of Learned Societies, the United States Department of Justice, the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and other agencies and organizations. Recently, he was elected to the Fellows of the American Folklore Society.