Dan Ben-Amos

Dan Ben-Amos, trained in the comparatist tradition in Jerusalem and at Indiana University at Bloomington, brings a truly international perspective to the Folklore and Folklife graduate program. He is the editor of a series of translations of folklore classics, primarily from European scholars. Dan holds his faculty appointment in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department. Dan teaches History of Folklore Studies, Jewish Folklore, African Folklore, Prose Narrative, Proverb, Riddle and Speech Metaphor, Theories of Myth, Structural Analysis, and Ethnic Humor.


Ph.D., 1967, Indiana University
M.A., 1964, Indiana University, M.A.
B.A., 1961, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. B.A.

Research Interests

Professor Ben-Amos's work focuses on Jewish folklore, African folklore, Prose Narrative, Proverbs, Theories of Myth as well as Structural Analysis.

Selected Publications

"The Brothers Grimm: Then and Now" (83121). In the Tale from the Brothers Grimm to Our times: Diffusion and Study. Eds. M.G. Meraklis, G, (2017).

"From Eden to Ednah---Lilith in the Garden." Biblical Archeology Review 42(3) (2016) 54-58 (2015) Guest Editor, [Special Issue in Honor of Roger D. Abrahams] Western Folklore 75, nos. 304;257-475 (2016).

"The Os Baculum". Biblical Archeological Review, vol.4, no.1, 72-73 (2015).

"Notes Toward A History of Folklore in America." The Folklore Historian 31, 43-64 (2015).

"A Definition of Folklore: A Personal Narrative," Estudis de Literatura Oral Popular/Studies in Oral Folk Literature 3:9-28 (2014).