Elizabeth Fine

Elizabeth C. Fine is Professor Emerita of Humanities at Virginia Tech. She is the author of Soulstepping: African American Step Shows (University of Illinois Press, 2003, 2007), The Folklore Text: From Performance to Print (Indiana University Press, 1984, 1994), and co-editor of Performance, Culture, and Identity (Praeger, 1992) with Jean Haskell Speer, as well as numerous articles.

Her documentaries include: Up and Down These Roads: A Rural County in Transition (with Jerry Scheeler), 1982; Well-Known Stranger: Howard Finster's Workout (with Robert Walker), 1987; and The Patient Art: Weaving the Tampa Tapestries (with Robert Walker), 1990.

Fine received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.S. in Speech Communication from the University of Texas at Austin. 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, third place, for her book The Folklore Text, and the Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies in 1993.