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Eric Ball

Professor
Associate Department Chair
School for Undergraduate Studies
Office(s):
  • Academic School:
    Arts and Humanities
  • Academic Department:
    Literature, Communication and Cultural Studies
    Phone:
    • 518-587-2100 ext:2555
    Education
    • B.S. in Mathematics from Clarkson University
    • M.S. in Applied Mathematics from University of Chicago
    • M.A. in Modern Greek Studies from Ohio State University
    • Ph.D. in Modern Greek Studies from Ohio State University
    Subjects of Interest
    • Cultural Studies
    Professional Responsibilities / Bio

    Professor, School of Arts & Humanities

    Associate Chair, Department of Literature, Communication & Cultural Studies

     

    COURSES CURRENTLY TEACHING:

     

    MUSC-1005 Exploring the World of Music

    MUSC-3010 American Music/American Life

     

    SELECTED COURSES AUTHORED:

    Exploring the World of Music

    American Music/American Life

    Exploring Place (Arts; Humanities; History) (co-author)

    An Introduction to Ethics

    Food and Drink in Cultural Context

    The Pursuit of Happiness in American History (co-author)

     

     

    SELECTED WRITING:

    “Refrain: Notes on Crafting Music” in Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, Vol. 46, (Spring-Summer 2020)

    “Virtuous Versifying: A Composition About Rhymes” in Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, Vol. 45. (Spring-Summer 2019)

    Canon Battles: Libretto for a "Field Recording" Vignette in All About Mentoring, Issue 52 (2019) pp. 7-8.

    “Gouging Tradition: Musings on Fingernail Fiddle Making” in Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, Vol. 43. (Spring-Summer 2017)

    “Composing an Imaginary Musical Tradition” in Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters. November 3, 2017.

    “Grad(u)ation Sawstrokes in F” in All About Mentoring, Issue 49 (2016) pp. 6-9.

    Sustained by Eating, Consumed by Eating Right: Reflections, Rhymes, Rants, and Recipes. (2013, State University of New York Press)

    “The Place Within: Scott Russell Sanders on Literature and Art of Place” in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Volume 15(2): 137-155. (2008)

    “Literary Criticism for Places” in Symploke: Theoretical, Cultural, and Literary Scholarship, Volume 14(1-2):232-251. (2006)

    “Place-Based Pedagogy for the Arts and Humanities” (with Alice Lai) in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture, Volume 6(2):261-287. (2006)

    “Folkism and Wild(er)ness: Observations on the Construction of Nature in Modern Greek Culture” in Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora, Volume 32(1-2): 7-43. (2006)

    “Toward a Greek Ecocriticism: Place Awareness and Cultural Identity in Pandelis Prevelakis's Οι δρόμοι της δημιουργίας” in Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Volume 23(1):1-37. (2005)

    “Students Online as Cultured Subjects: Prolegomena to Researching Multicultural Arts Courses on the Web” (with Alice Lai) in Studies in Art Education, Volume 46(1):20-33. (2004)

    “Greek Food After Mousaka: Cookbooks, 'Local' Culture, and the Cretan Diet” in Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Volume 21(1):1-36. (2003)

    “Home Is Where the Art Is: Exploring the Places People Live Through Art Education” (with Alice Lai) in Studies in Art Education, Volume 44(1): 47-66. (2002)

    “Where Are the Folk? The Cretan Mantinada as Placed Literature” in The Journal of Folklore Research, Volume 39(2-3): 147-172. (2002)