Roger D. Abrahams


1933   -   2017

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, Columbia University
occupation: folklorist
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Roger David Abrahams (June 12, 1933 – June 20, 2017) was an American folklorist whose work focused on the expressive cultures and cultural histories of the Americas, with a specific emphasis on African American peoples and traditions. He was the Hum Rosen Professor of Humanities Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught in the Department of Folklore and Folklife. He was the author of a large number of books, among which Everyday Life: A Poetics of Vernacular Practices is a recent title, and was the founding Director of Penn's Center for Folklore and Ethnography, a research and public outreach unit associated with the Department of Folklore and Folklife.
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