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Santa Fe, New Mexico (504) 343-8093 • rodr.e.19126@gmail.com

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky Expected May 2018
Master of Arts in Folklore Studies, concentration in Public Folklore

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana May 2016

Bachelor of Arts in English, Minor in Cultural Anthropology
Cumulative GPA: 3.8
LSU Study Abroad Ireland, Summer 2015
Patrick F. Taylor Award 2012-2016

Graduate Coursework:
Folklore Genres Public Folklore
Folk Art and Technology Folklore Fieldwork
Foodways Vernacular Architecture
Folk Narrative Museum Procedures
Folklore and Literature Folklore and Education
Folk Medicine Folklore Theory

Skill Sets:
Teaching Experience Photo & Interview Logs
Transcription Microsoft Office
Ethnographic interview Leadership Skills
Photography Special Needs Education Experience


WKU Department of Folk Studies & Anthropology (Bowling Green, KY) August 2016 – Present
Graduate Assistant
• Assisted Dr. Ashley Stinnett in teaching undergraduate courses, grading assignments and
exams, and manning the Visual Anthropology Lab.
• Compiled articles and research materials on such subjects as butchery, large and small-scale
agriculture, and food fermentation.

Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe, NM) May 2017 – July 2017
Curatorial and Education Intern
Supervisors: Aurelia Gomez, Felica Katz-Harris
• Assisted curator of textiles in compiling exhibit book for showcase on international
• Amended information within the institutions digital museum system to further contextualize
both new and old items in the collection
• Assembled exhibit pamphlets for Lloyd’s Treasure Chest exhibit of Syrian Folk Art
• Assisted staff educators with the deaccession of hands-on education collection
• Assisted staff educators in engaging Sweeney Elementary School students in hands-on folk
art workshops and activities

Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans Summer Arts Program July 2009- July 2016
Junior Counselor July 2009
Counselor/After Camp Supervisor July 2010
Head Counselor/ After Camp Supervisor July 2011 – 2014
Supervisors – Mariana Sheppard, Kaycee Filson

• Assisted teachers and camp leaders in engaging campers in music, visual arts, theater,
culinary arts, and dance workshops
• Provided one-on-one and group related services in accordance with camp activities and
student needs
• Assisted weekly with camp performances including set-up, clean-up, stage positions,
choreography, and backstage behavior
• Assisted daily with junior counselors, co-counselors and CAC Teen Board interns in class
organization, student activities, and Friday performances
• Conferred with parents and camp personnel on matters relative to assessment, behavior
management, exceptional children, and other relevant topics
• Assisted with Saint Michael Special School campers through camp workshops, performance,
and after-camp activities
Culinary Arts Assistant Chef and Instructor July 2016
• Designed lesson plans for local-food-based cooking exercises
• Assisted head chef in maintaining order and a productive learning environment
• Guided Teen Interns in exercises on leadership and classroom management
• Assisted in organizing camper creations and cuisine at weekly showcase


Korea Through Kentucky Eyes Exhibit April 2017

Designed and constructed exhibit in Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University for the Year of
South Korea. “Korea through the Kitchen” Curator. Educational Programming Coordinator. Design Team

Bosnia- Herzegovina Traveling Trunk May 2017

Compiled items in a suitcase relative to culturally-based teaching on Bosnia-Herzegovina and the refugee
experience. Group assignment in graduate level public folklore class. Composed lesson plan on
embroidery traditions in Bosnia-Herzegovina for Kentucky State curriculum. Special partnership with
Bowling Green Montessori Elementary School.

Bosnian Foodways Demonstrations October 2017

Organized two public demonstrations on Bosnian coffee customs and pita baking to supplement the
learning goals of undergraduate and graduate level classes at Western Kentucky University. Group
project in graduate level Foodways class. Program Coordinator. Photographer. Audio-Visual equipment
operator. Event sponsored by WKU Folk Studies department, Kentucky Folklife Program, The Confucius
Institute at WKU, and International Year of Bosnia Herzegovina, 2017-2018.