Tom Mould

Tom Mould is Professor of Anthropology and Folkore at Butler University with research expertise in the areas of folklore, language and culture, Native American studies, poverty and social justice, oral narrative, religious and sacred narrative, contemporary legend, identity, ethnography, genre, and performance theory. He is the author of the books "Choctaw Prophecy: A Legacy of the Future" (2003), "Choctaw Tales" (2004), "Still, the Small Voice: Revelation, Personal Narrative and the Mormon Folk Tradition" (2011) and the forthcoming "Overthrowing the Queen: Telling Stories of Welfare in America" (2020). Before joining the faculty at Butler in 2019, he was the J. Earl Danieley Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Folklore at Elon University where he taught for 18 years and served in various roles including Director of the Honors Program and Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department.


Dismantling the insidious myth of the "welfare queen"