Daisy Ahlstone

Selfie taken by Daisy Ahlstone smiling with bleach blonde hair, black glasses, and wearing light brown overalls and a black t-shirt, outdoors on a gravel path with grass in the background.

Daisy Ahlstone

Ph.D. Student, Graduate Research Associate


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Areas of Expertise

  • folklore
  • environmental storytelling
  • posthumanism
  • metaphor
  • public work and collaboration
  • ecology


  • M.A. in English/Folklore from Utah State University
  • B.A. in Folklore from University of Oregon

Welcome to the page of Daisy Ahlstone (they/them)

I study ecological metaphor through a lens of folkloreposthumanism, and participatory action research and project design. Talk to me about participatory action research, collaborative project design, metafolkloristics, extinction, metaphor, public folklore, digital communication, decomposition, and more! I collaborate on several folklore and community-centered projects, including the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (https://likenknowledge.org/), the Western States Folklore Society (http://www.westernfolklore.org/), and am the director of a YouTube and Twitch streaming channel called Folkwise, which brings the discipline of folklore to community-engaged digital platforms (https://www.twitch.tv/folkwise).

Feel free to send me an email about my work, professional studies, or folklore! CV available via LinkedIn.



“Thylacine Dreams: The Vernacular Resurrection of an Extinct Marsupial.” M.A. Thesis. (2019). Committee Members: Dr. Lynne McNeill (Chair), Dr. Christine Cooper-Rompato, and Dr. John McLaughlin. Utah State University: Logan: UT.

“Forbidden Foodways: Tide Pods, Ostensive Practice, and Intergenerational Conflict.” Co-Authored with Camille Sleight and Michelle Jones. Contemporary Legend 3.8 (2018): 86-112.

“A Folklorists’ Touch” Writing Center Analysis Paper. Paper 5 (2017). https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/wc_analysis/5


Ahlstone, Daisy. 2022. “Posthuman Folklore” by Tok Thompson. Western Folklore 81, no. 1 (Winter): 75-78.

Ahlstone, Daisy. 2021. “Lifelong Learning and Dementia: A Posthumanist Perspective” by Quinn, Jocey, and Claudia Blandon. Disability Studies Quarterly 41, no. 1 (Winter).

Ahlstone, Daisy. 2019. “Culture and Value: Heritage, Tourism and Property” by Regina Bendix. Western Folklore 78, no. 4 (Fall): 357-359.


Journal Article. “Becoming Folkwise: Sustaining Digital Community while Socially Distant.” Co-authored with Dom Tartaglia, Kaitlyn Kinney, Christine J. Widmayer, Anna Morel, Daisy Ahlstone, & Jared L. Schmidt. Currently in copy-editing with Cultural Analysis as of January 2022.

Book Chapter. “Gaming Extinction: Representations of the Thylacine in Video Games.” The Tasmanian Tiger Chronicles: The Natural History and Unnatural Mystery of the Thylacine. Edited by Gareth Linnard and Branden Holmes. Currently under review with CISRO Publishing: Australia as of January 2022.

Book Chapter. “Narrating Perseverance: An Overview of Thylacines in Fiction.” The Tasmanian Tiger Chronicles: The Natural History and Unnatural Mystery of the Thylacine. Edited by Gareth Linnard and Branden Holmes. Currently under review with CISRO Publishing: Australia as of December 2021.

Journal Article. “Giving Life to Legends: Material Representation of Ostensive Behavior.” Western Folklore. Currently in copy-editing as of January 2022.

Retrospective. “2020 from a Folklorist.” New Directions in Folklore (2021). Edited by John Price and Dom Tartaglia. Bloomington: IN.


Ahlstone, Daisy. 2021. “Episode 156 - Thylacines with Folklorist Daisy Ahlstone” Interviewed by Paul Romero and Ben Radford. Squaring the Strange, Apple Podcasts. 16 August 2021. Audio, 01:36:49.

Ahlstone, Daisy and Kerry Kaleba. 2021. “Cicada Brood X Mini Lecture with Kerry Kaleba and Daisy Ahlstone!” Virtual Lecture. Discusses the relationship between Brood X, Ecology, and Foodways. Folkwise, YouTube. 31 May 2021.

Ahlstone, Daisy. 2021. “Interview with… Daisy from Folkwise?” Interview by Dom Tartaglia. Discusses current dissertation research, environmental folklore, extinction, and thylacines. Twitch, Folkwise. 16 March 2021. Video, 01:03:20.


Find me on Social Media:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daisyahlstone/

Twitter: @thyla_daisy

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzj72KhvvLfz1E3oI3Bmt9A?view_as=subscriber

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/folkwise