Elizabeth C. Fine is Professor and Director of the Humanities Program in the Department of Religion and Culture and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include cultural studies, African American folklore, rhetoric, performance studies and Appalachian Studies. She is the author of Soulstepping: African American Step Shows(University of Illinois Press, 2003, 2007)and The Folklore Text: From Performance to Print(Indiana University Press, 1984, 1994), and editor of Applied Communication in Organizational and International Contexts, co-edited with Bernd Schwandt (Rohr Universitatsverlag, 2008), and Performance, Culture and Identity, co-edited with Jean Haskell Speer (Praeger, 1992). She is an Associate Editor for Text and Performance Quarterly. Her articles have been published in such journals as the Journal of American Folklore, Semiotica, Communication Monographs, Communication Education, Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association, National Women's Studies Association Journal, Southern Folklore, Literature in Performance, Annals of Tourism Research, Sprache und Sprechen and The Drama Review, as well as in numerous books. She has also made three documentaries: The Patient Art: Weaving the Tampa Tapestries(with Robert Walker), 1990; Well Know Stranger: Howard Finster's Workout(with Robert Walker), 1987: Up and Down These Roads: A Rural County in Transition(with Jerry Scheeler), 1982. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Texas at Austin(1978), her M.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley(1973), and her B.S. in Speech Communications from the University of Texas at Austin(1971). She was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in 1971, and the Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Humanities from the University of Texas in 1978. She received a Chicago Folklore Prize for her book The Folklore Text, and she received the Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies in 1993.