Graduate Assistants


Nikki with past coworkers Ferdinand and Doodle. Photo courtesy of Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers.

Nikki Silvestrini is a first year Master’s student. Originally from Minnesota, she graduated with distinction from Indiana University with a B.A. in Folklore and Ethnomusicology and a minor in Rock and Roll history. Nikki has spent the past four years working at indie bookstores in Duluth and Minneapolis and volunteering at the Animal Humane Society as both wildlife rehabilitator and canine behavior rehabilitator. Her research interests include verbal folklore with emphasis on storytelling and narrative as well as youth culture, performance, and contemporary music history. She is specifically interested in studying the role of animals in human communities and cultural identity. Nikki is excited to be in Oregon for many reasons, one reason being that there’s less snow to shovel.



kelly1Kelly Nulty is a first year Master’s student in the Folklore program. She has a BFA in Photography and a BA in Philosophy & Religious Studies from State University of New York at New Paltz. A driving passion to understand the inexplicable, she focuses her interests on belief and the effects of true faith. As an artist, the subjects of many of her pieces explore her ties to philosophy and conceptualization of the unconscious mind. From history to possible futures, her artwork can be seen on her portfolio website at





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