About Us

Department of English and Linguistics - John S. Minton

John Minton

Professor of Folklore, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (1990)

  • Office: Liberal Arts Building, Room 131
  • Phone: 260-481-6758
  • E-mail: minton@ipfw.edu


Anglo- and African-American folk music and song, American roots music (blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, r&b, and rock & roll), folklore of the southern United States, world folk narrative


The Coon in the Box: A Global Folktale in African-American Tradition (with David Evans) (2001),

Big 'Fraid and Little 'Fraid: An Afro-American Folktale (1993)

78 Blues: Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South.  Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008.


American Music, Folklore, Journal of American Folklore, Journal of Folklore Research, JEMF Quarterly, Southern Folklore, as well as numerous book chapters