Andrew Giarelli, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Andrew L. Giarelli, Ph.D, is a folklore scholar and a journalist. He has taught at New York University, Utah State University, and Portland State University in the United States; he has twice been a senior Fulbright lecturer (Malta 1993, Slovakia 2011). He is a long-term lecturer in journalism and literature at AAU; he also teaches in the Department of North American Studies at Charles University and in the Comparative Literature department at the University of Vienna.

Giarelli is a widely published nonfiction writer and was faculty founder of Portland State University’s graduate nonfiction writing program and founder of the regional magazine Edging West in the latter 1990s. He served as contributing editor for World Press Review from 1980-2000. He has written on press issues, European culture and politics, and the American West for print and online media, including National Geographic Traveler, Far Eastern Economic Review,,,, and The San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle. He has lived on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana, where he collected narratives for his dissertation, The Temporal Structure of Cheyenne Narrative. He has a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Folklore and Mythology, International Journalism, Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Magazine Writing and Editing

Publications & Other Activities

  • “Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost: A Teaching Approach.” Studies in Foreign Language Education 7 (2015): 21-39. Bratislava: Comenius University. Cologne: University of Cologne.
  • “Oral Legend and Media Narrative in the Birth of the U.S. Hippie Subculture.” Ethnologia Slovaca Et Slavica 35 (2012): 89-106. Bratislava: Comenius University.
  • “Shakespeare’s Tragic Vision: An Introduction for Slovak Advanced English Language Students.” Studies in Foreign Language Education 4 (2012): 133-153. Bratislava: Comenius University; Cologne: University of Cologne.
  • “Inalienable Rights: New Media and the Mideast Democracy Movements.” Linguistic, Literary, and Didactic Colloquium IX (2011), Bratislava: Pedagogicka Fakulta, Komenskeho Univerzita.
  • “Rome’s ‘Statue Parlanti’ and the Voice of the Piazza.” genre 24 (2004): 39-54.
  • “A Fresh Look At Old Vienna’s New Museum Attractions,” The Oregonian, Feb. 5, 2012.
  • Media and Democracy in the New Mediterranean,, blog, 2/2011- 5/2011.
  • Review, Pearl Abraham, American Taliban. The Oregonian, 5/08/2010.
  • Review, Cheyney C. Ryan, The Chickenhawk Syndrome: War, Sacrifice and Personal Responsibility. The Oregonian, 7/16/2009.
  • “Urban Wild.” The American/In Italia. 3/20/2009.
  • “American Romanista.” Nov. 2008.
  • Review, Danny Goldberg, Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business. The Oregonian, 10/03/2008.
  • “Past Less Travelled.” The American/In Italia (, 11/9/2008.
  • Review, Beautiful Angiola: the Great Treasury of Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales, Jack Zipes (ed.). The Journal of American Folklore 121 (Summer 2008): 371-2.
  • “The Pakistani Who Peddled Nuclear Secrets While the World Slept.” Review of Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins, The Nuclear Jihadist. The Oregonian, 3/2/08.
  • Review, La Fiaba di Tradizione Orale, Giuseppe Gatto. Marvels and Tales 21 (2007): 293-7.
  • “Vatican City Decoded,” National Geographic Traveler 24 (Nov-Dec 2007): 84-5.
  • “Trying To Untangle the Complex Web of the Kennedy Years.” Review of David Talbot, Brothers. The Oregonian, 5/27/07.
  • Review, Telling Stories the Kiowa Way, Gus Palmer, Jr., Western Folklore 64 (2006): 355-58.
  • “Guerrilas, Spies, Misunderstood Prophets.” Review of Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower. The Oregonian, 8/20/2006.
  • “A Near-Obsessive Need To Know.” Review of Gay Talese, A Writer’s Life. The Oregonian, 4/30/06.
  • “The Cheyennes,” In The Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife, William Clement (ed.)Westport,Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.
  • “Ernest Hemingway,” In The Literature of Travel and Exploration, New York: Routledge, 2004. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003.
  • “Roman Holidays,” The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, 12/21/2003.
  • “Foul Movement,”, 4/23/2001.