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. Candidate, Graduate Instructor


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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 my website.



Ahlstone, Daisy. 2023. “Gaming Extinction: Representations of the Thylacine in Video Games.” Thylacine: The History, Ecology and Loss of the Tasmanian Tiger, edited by Gareth Linnard and Branden Holmes, 176-179. CSIRO Publishing.

Ahlstone, Daisy. 2023. “Narrating Perseverance: An Overview of Thylacines in Fiction.” Thylacine: The History, Ecology and Loss of the Tasmanian Tiger, edited by Gareth Linnard and Branden Holmes, 175. CSIRO Publishing.

Tartaglia, Dominick, and Kaitlyn Kinney, Christine J. Widmayer, Anna Morel, Daisy Ahlstone, Jared L. Schmidt. 2022. “Becoming Folkwise: Sustaining Digital Community while Socially Distant.” Cultural Analysis.

Ahlstone, Daisy. 2022. “Giving Life to Legends: Material Representation of Ostensive Behavior.” Western Folklore. 82(1): 3-59.

Sleight-Price, Camille, Daisy Ahlstone, and Michelle Jones. 2018. “Forbidden Foodways: Tide Pods, Ostensive Practice, and Intergenerational Conflict.” Contemporary Legend 3, no. 8: 86-112.




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.




Ahlstone, Daisy. 2023. “S2E1 Mark My Wizard (Research, Inclusivity, & Collaboration)” Interviewed by Perry Carpenter and Mason Amadeus. Digital Folklore Podcast, Apple Podcasts. 06 September 2023. Audio, 00:48:37.

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:

Substack: https://daisyahlstone.substack.com/

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

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

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