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Sheila Bock, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary Degree Programs
Office: CBC-B 417
Mail Code: 5027
Phone: 702-895-0119
Fax: 702-895-4097


Sheila Bock received her Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University, with a focus in Folklore. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology (University of California, Berkeley) and an M.A. in Comparative Studies (The Ohio State University). She was trained in Folklore Studies, an interdisciplinary field that integrates methods from the humanities and the social sciences to examine vernacular beliefs and practices, the dynamics of tradition, and the aesthetics of daily life. While her research spans a range of topics, the majority of her work employs narrative and performance models of analysis to examine how people make sense of their own and others’ experiences with health and illness, particularly in contexts of stigma. Other research interests include performance as a mode of negotiating differential identities, foodways, and the intersections between folklore and popular culture.

Refereed Publications:

  • Bock, Sheila and Kate Horigan. “Invoking the Relative: A New Perspective on Family Lore in Stigmatized Communities.” Diagnosing Folklore: Perspectives on Health, Trauma, and Disability, eds. Trevor J. Blank and Andrea Kitta. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. Forthcoming 2015.
  • Bock, Sheila. “Grappling to Think Clearly”: Vernacular Theorizing in Robbie McCauley’s Sugar.” Journal of Medical Humanities. 33(2015): 127–139.
  • Mazurenko, Olena, Sheila Bock, Catherine Prato, and Margarita Bondarenko. “Considering Shared Power and Responsibility: Diabetic Patients’ Experience with the PCMH Care Model.” Patient Experience 2.1(2015): 61-67.
  • Bock, Sheila. “‘What Happens Here, Stays Here’: Selling the Untellable in a Tourism Advertising Campaign.” Western Folklore. 73.2/3(2014): 216-234.
  • Bock, Sheila. “Performing the Personal in a State of Transition: Decorated Mortarboards.” Journal of Folklore and Education 1.1(2014): 34-38.
  • Bock, Sheila. “Staying Positive: Women's Illness Narratives and the Stigmatized Vernacular.” Health, Culture, and Society 5.1(2013): 150-166.
  • Bock, Sheila. “Toward a Performance Approach to African American Personal Narratives about Diabetes.” Western Journal of Black Studies 36.4(2012): 276-288.
  • Bock, Sheila. “Contextualization, Reflexivity, and the Study of Diabetes-Related Stigma.” Journal of Folklore Research 49.2(2012): 153-178.
  • Bock, Sheila and Katherine Borland. “Exotic Identities: Dance, Difference, and Self-fashioning.” Journal of Folklore Research 48.1(2011): 1-36.