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James P. Leary received his B.A. in literature from the University of Notre Dame in 1972. In 1973, he earned his M.A. in folklore from the University of North Carolina. Leary earned his PhD in folklore and American studies from Indiana University in 1977. His research focuses on the folklore of the Upper Midwest, especially Scandinavian Americans, indigenous and immigrant people, and rural and working-class peoples. Leary teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Scandinavian Studies Department and the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies. In 2012, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Iceland.
In his book, Polkabilly: How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music, Leary proposes a redefinition of traditional American folk music and proposes a new genre known as "Polkabilly".
Leary is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society. The Fellows of the American Folklore Society honor folklorists who have made outstanding contributions to the field of folklore.
Dealing with the era at Notre Dame before coeducation, Leary has contrasted two self-images of the Notre Dame student. They coexist uneasily, the first appearing in official documents the second in popular culture.
Two opposing cultural systems have long coexisted at the University of Notre Dame. The former is normative, overt, official while the latter is deviant, largely covert, and unofficial. Catholicism, academic excellence, and athletics are prominently featured in university publications, in the rhetoric of administrator and alumni, and in serious histories of the campus. Meanwhile, the drunken rowdiness of sex-starved, animalistic dirtballs is confined to dormitory rooms, the talk of students, occasional periods of license, and playful ephemeral publications. Both systems have been integral to the experience of Notre Damers.
Awards and honors
In 1995, Leary was awarded the Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Humanities Scholarship.
In 2006, Leary won the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
In 2007, he was co-winner of the American Folklore Society's Chicago Folklore Prize for the best book in the field of folklore scholarship for Polkabilly: How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music.
In 2015, Leary's Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946 was nominated for a Grammy in Best Album Notes by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.