As PFP’s inaugural Folk Art & Social Change Fellow, Eric César Morales, Ph.D., oversees the organization’s Folk Arts and Social Change Residency program and supports the Folklore Project’s educational partnerships. A graduate of the Folklore Program at Indiana University, Bloomington, Eric has worked in arts organizations across the country, including Alliance for California Traditional Arts, City Lore, and the Nevada Arts Council, and he has served as a grant panelist for the Indiana Arts Commission, the Pennsylvania Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Eric has also spent years training as a dancer, having performed in local, national, and international festivals with Polynesian groups out of California, Indiana, and French Polynesia.
In addition to his work in the public sector, he has designed and taught his own courses on folklore, social justice, and Latino Studies at Indiana University and at Utah State University, where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow. Currently, he is the book reviews editor of Western Folklore, and while at PFP, he will continue with regularly publishing his research on topics related to Latinidad, Polynesia, performance, and social activism. Among the many qualities making him well suited for PFP is a core belief that “every time we choose to learn something, we take another step towards becoming the person we want to be.”