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Dianne Dugaw, Professor of English and Folklore at the University of Oregon, has performed folk music and lectured at universities, libraries, conferences, and festivals in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Her 5-volume study and edition, Memoirs of Scandalous Women (Pickering and Chatto, 2011), makes available the life-stories of memorable 18th-century women, two outspoken courtesans and four cross-dressing soldiers. Her discussions of balladry appear inThe New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (Princeton U Press, 2012). “Heroines Gritty and Tender, Printed and Oral, Late-Breaking and Traditional,” a chapter in Ballads and Broadsides in Britain, 1500–1800, eds. A. Guerrini and P. Fumerton (Ashgate, 2012). revisits the topic of her first book, Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650–1850 (1996) and, together with her CD Dangerous Examples—Fighting & Sailing Women in Song (, continues her ongoing study of gender and sexuality in British and American folksongs, literature, and history.


Warrior Women in Anglo-American Folksong and History (

Professional Memberships

  • American Folklore Society
  • Western States Folklore Society
  • American Society for 18th-Century Studies
  • Northwest Society for 18th-Century Studies
  • Modern Language Association


Frequent vocal and instrumental performance of Anglo-American traditional music and music from the early modern era.