Margaret Mills


Margaret Mills

College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 614-292-2199
Topics: Afghanistan Culture


B.A., Radcliffe College, Harvard University, General Studies (1968) Ph.D., Harvard University, Comparative Literature and
Near Eastern Languages and Culture, with Cultural
Anthropology (1978)


Dr. Mills specializes in the popular culture of the Persian- speaking world. She has also conducted research in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan on a variety of topics, including education and culture.

Selected Publications

"Oral and Popular Literature: Darí Persian of Afghanistan," in Oral and Popular Literature in Iranian Languages, ed. by Philip Kreyenbroek (2008)

"South Asian Tales," in Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folk and Fairy Tales, ed. by Donald Haase (Greenwood Press, 2008)

"Arts: Storytellers and Raconteurs: Afghanistan," in Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Countries, Suad Joseph and
Afsaneh Najmabadi (MacMillian, 2007)

"On the Problem of Truth in Ethnographic Texts
and Entextualization Processes," in Research Ethics in Studies
of Culture and Social Life, ed. Bente Gullveig Alver, Tove Ingebjørg Fjell and Ørjar Øyen (Finnish Academy of Sciences, 2007)


Margaret Mills

Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures The Ohio State University


"Courtship: Afghanistan," in Encyclopedia of Women and

Islamic Cultures (Brill, 2007)

"Alf Laylah in Performance: Afghanistan," in The Arabian Nights in Transnational Perspective, ed. by U. Marzolph (Wayne
State University Press, 2007)

"Afghan Women Leaders Speak: an Activist Academic Conference," with Sally Kitch (National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 2006)

"Three Revolutions and an Afterward," in Revolution and Pedagogy: Interdisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives on Educational Foundations, ed. by E. Thomas Ewing (Palgrave, 2005)

South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia, edited with Peter Claus and Sarah Diamond (Routledge, 2003)

Conversations with Davlat Khalav: Oral Narratives from Tajikistan, with Ravshan Rahmoni. (Humanitary Press, 2000)

Rhetorics and Politics in Afghan Traditional Storytelling

(University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991)

Gender, Genre and Power in South Asian Expressive Traditions, ed. with Arjun Appadurai and Frank J. Korom (University
of Pennsylvania Press, 1991)

Oral Narrative in Afghanistan: The Individual in Tradition

(Garland Publishers Harvard Folklore Dissertation Series, 1990)

Honors and Awards

U.S. Dept of State Title VIII Fellowship for Ethnolinguistic Field Study of Everyday Ethical and Political Speech in Post- Soviet Tajikistan (2005)

John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1993-94) Chicago Folklore Prize for Best Academic Book in Folklore

for Rhetorics and Politics in Afghan Traditional Storytelling (1993)

Mershon Projects

Afghan Women Leaders Speak Conference, with Sally Kitch (2005) Revolution and Pedagogy (2002) 

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