Richard Bauman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Communication and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington. Professor Bauman is an eclectic scholar, with degrees in English (B.A., Michigan, 1961) Folklore (M.A., Indiana, 1962), Anthropology (M.S., Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania), and American Civilization (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1968), and his scholarly contributions have transcended conventional academic boundaries.
Best known for his theoretical and methodological contributions to the ethnographic study of language and performance. Professor Bauman’s scholarship has had an impact on the development of a number of intersection fields of study, including folklore, anthropology, history, and linguistics, semiotics, and speech communication. His writings have been widely reprinted and translated, and he has lectured at scholarly institutions in South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.