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Deutsch, James

Curator of Folklife and Popular Culture

Occupational folklife; homelessness; veterans of World War II; pandemic folklore; American film and mass media.

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Background And Education

Education And Training

Professional Biography

  • James Deutsch is a curator and editor at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution. Since 2003, he has helped plan and develop public programs on California, China, Hungary, Peace Corps, Apollo Theater, Circus Arts, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Mekong River, U.S. Forest Service, World War II, Silk Road, and White House workers. In addition, he serves as an adjunct professor—teaching courses on American film history and folklore—in the American Studies Department at George Washington University. Deutsch has also taught American Studies classes at universities in Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Poland, and Turkey. Overall, he has held more than 60 different jobs, including: newspaper reporter, librarian, park ranger/forest ranger, census enumerator, and monorail operator at Walt Disney World.

Awards And Honors

Research And Grants

Publications

Selected Publications

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    • Deutsch, James I. 2022. "Steve Kaslov." In Roma Portraits in History: Roma Civic Emancipation Elite in Central, South-Eastern and Eastern Europe from the 19th Century until World War II. Marushiakova, Elena and Popov, Vesselin, editors. 507–517. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Schöningh. https://doi.org/10.30965/9783657705191. 2022
    • Deutsch, James I. 2021. "From the 'Mad Dash' to 'Shopping Alone': Thanksgiving Rituals of Consumption on Black Friday and Cyber Monday." In The Ritual Year 12: Regulating Customs. McKean, Thomas A., editor. 114–129. Moscow: Polymedia Limited. In The Yearbook of the SIEF (Société Internationale d´Ethnologie et de Folklore) Working Group on the Ritual Year. 2021
    • Deutsch, James I. 2020. "Belly Dance." In Music around the World: A Global Encyclopedia. Martin, Andrew R. and Mihalka, Matthew, editors. 85–87. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. 2020
    • Deutsch, James I. 2020. "The Wild Deserters of No Man's Land: A Ghoulish Legend of the Great War." In Different Drummers: Military Culture and Its Discontents. Tuleja, Tad, editor. 122–133. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press. (https://doi.org/10.7330/9781607329527), https://doi.org/10.7330/9781607329527.c008. 2020
    • Deutsch, James I. 2019. "Gateways and Crossroads on the U.S. National Mall: The Romania Program at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival." In Ideology, Identity, and the US: Crossroads, Freeways, Collisions. Vlad, Eduard, Ciugureanu, Adina, and Stanca, Nicoleta, editors. 113–123. Berlin, Germany: Peter Lang. (https://doi.org/10.3726/b16425) 2019
    • Deutsch, James I. and Butvin, Halle M. 2019. "Market Forces and Marketplace Economics at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival." In The Folklorist in the Marketplace: Conversations at the Crossroads of Vernacular Culture and Economics. Mullins, Willow G. and Batra-Wells, Puja, editors. 72–91. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press. (https://doi.org/10.7330/9781607327851), https://doi.org/10.7330/9781607327851.c003. 2019
    • Deutsch, James I. 2019. "Slaughterhouse-Five." In Literary Geography: An Encyclopedia of Real and Imagined Settings. Houston, Lynn Marie, editor. 255–258. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood/ABC-CLIO. 2019
    • Deutsch, James I. 2019. "Traditions of Retirement in American Life and Literature." In Traditions and Transitions. Slavova, Emilia, editor. 268–277. Sofia, Bulgaria: St. Kliment Ohridski University Press. 2019
    • Deutsch, James I. 2018. "City-Wide Sweeps of the Homeless." In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, and Privacy. Arrigo, Bruce A., editor. 170–171. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. 2018
    • Deutsch, James I. 2017. ""People's Genius and Creativity": Foodways at the Festival of American Folklife." In Food and Museums. Levent, Nina and Mihalache, Irina D., editors. 161–170. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 2017
    • Deutsch, James I. 2017. "A Child of the Ghetto." In Race in American Film: Voices and Visions That Shaped a Nation. Bernardi, Daniel and Green, Michael, editors. 175–177. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood. 2017
    • Deutsch, James I. 2017. "Armenia." In Etiquette and Taboos around the World: A Geographic Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Customs. Taylor, Ken and Williams, Victoria, editors. 15–17. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press. 2017
    • Deutsch, James I. 2017. "Crossing Borders on the U.S. National Mall: The African Diaspora Programs at the Festival of American Folklife." In Mapping the History of Folklore Studies: Centres, Borderlands and Shared Spaces. Bula, Dace and Laime, Sandis, editors. 60–67. Cambridge (U.K.): Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2017
    • Deutsch, James I. 2017. "Japanese War Bride." In Race in American Film: Voices and Visions That Shaped a Nation. Bernardi, Daniel and Green, Michael, editors. 479–481. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood. 2017
    • Deutsch, James I. 2017. "Romance of a Jewess." In Race in American Film: Voices and Visions That Shaped a Nation. Bernardi, Daniel and Green, Michael, editors. 758–759. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood. 2017
    • Deutsch, James I. 2017. "Shifting Paradigms for Paradigm Shifts." In New Paradigms in English Studies: Language, Linguistics, Literature and Culture in Higher Education. Slavova, Emilia, Hristov, Bozhil, McCreedy, Jonathan, Ishpekova, Rositsa, Glavanakova, Alexandra, Yakimova, Nelly, and Igov, Angel, editors. 293–302. Sofia, Bulgaria: St. Kliment Ohridski University Press. 2017
    • Deutsch, James I. 2016. "Bulgaria (Eastern Europe), Bulgarian American." In Ethnic American Cooking: Recipes for Living in a New World. Long, Lucy M., editor. 32–33. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield. 2016
    • Deutsch, James I. 2016. "Good Enough for Government Work? Federal Agencies at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival." In Curatorial Conversations: Cultural Representation and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Cadaval, Olivia, Kim, Sojin, and N'Diaye, Diana Baird, editors. 111–132. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi. https://doi.org/10.14325/mississippi/9781496805980.003.0008. 2016
    • Deutsch, James I. 2016. "Mongolian American Culture." In Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms. Dong, Lan, editor. 535–538. Santa Barbara: Greenwood/ABC-CLIO. 2016
    • Deutsch, James I. 2015. "Bulgarian Americans." In Ethnic American Food Today: A Cultural Encyclopedia. Long, Lucy, editor. 86–88. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. In Ethnic American Food Today v.2. 2015
    • Deutsch, James I. 2015. "Walt Whitman." In The World of the Civil War: A Daily Life Encyclopedia. Frank, Lisa Yvette Tendrich, editor. 71–74. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. 2015
    • Deutsch, James I. 2014. "American Friends: The United States as Viewed by Wim Wenders from the 1970s to the 2000s." In America in Foreign Media. Peprník, Michal and Sweney, Matthew, editors. 177–186. Olomouc, Czech Republic: Palacký University Olomouc. 2014
    • Deutsch, James I. 2014. "Benjamin Orange Flower." In Encyclopedia of Populism in America: A Historical Encyclopedia. Kindell, Alexandra and Demers, Elizabeth S., editors. 256–257. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. 2014
    • Deutsch, James I. and Shaw, Lauren R. 2014. "Citizen Nick: Civic Engagement and Folk Culture in the Life and Work of Nicholas Ray." In Lonely Places, Dangerous Ground: Nicholas Ray in American Cinema. Rybin, Steven and Scheibel, Will, editors. 109–121. Albany: SUNY Press. 2014
    • Deutsch, James I. 2014. "Jackalope." In Encyclopedia of Deception. Levine, Timothy R., editor. 555–557. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781483306902.n209. 2014
    • Deutsch, James I. 2014. "John McBride." In Encyclopedia of Populism in America: A Historical Encyclopedia. Kindell, Alexandra and Demers, Elizabeth S., editors. 420–421. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. 2014
    • Deutsch, James I. 2014. "Norman Rockwell." In The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia. Coleman, Marilyn J. and Ganong, Lawrence H., editors. 1138–1140. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781452286143.n456. 2014
    • Deutsch, James I. 2014. "Pirates, Bandits, and Runagates: Roving Outlaws on Early American Waterways." In Waterways and Byways, 1600-1890. Benes, Peter and Benes, Jane Montague, editors. 100–108. Concord, MA: Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife. 2014
    • Deutsch, James I. 2013. "Homelessness." In Global Social Issues: An Encyclopedia. Bates, Christopher G. and Ciment, James, editors. 422–425. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe. 2013
    • Deutsch, James I. and Fülemile, Ágnes. 2013. "Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival." In 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Belanus, Betty J. and Kim, Sojin, editors. 10–17. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. 2013
    • Deutsch, James I. 2013. "Lincoln Steffens." In Encyclopedia of White-Collar and Corporate Crime, 2nd ed.. Salinger, Lawrence M., editor. 871–872. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications. 2013
    • Deutsch, James I. 2013. "The Searchers." In Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia. Cortés, Carlos E., editor. 1897–1899. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications. 2013
    • Deutsch, James I. 2013. "Women in Military Service for America Memorial." In An Encyclopedia of American Women at War: From the Home Front to the Battlefields. Frank, Lisa Tendrich, editor. 613–615. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO. 2013
    • Deutsch, James I. 2012. "Charles F. Lummis." In Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions. Herrera-Sobek, María, editor. 741–742. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. 2012
    • Deutsch, James I. 2012. "Conjuring Culture: The Smithsonian's Outdoor Museum and Intangible Cultural Heritage." In International Conference on Museums and Intangible Heritage. National Folk Museum of Korea, editor. 192–198. Seoul: National Folk Museum of Korea. 2012
    • Deutsch, James I. and Shaw, Lauren R. 2012. "From Liliom to Carousel to Liliom." In From Stage to Screen: Musical Films in Europe and United States (1927-1961). Sala, Massimiliano, editor. 93–112. Turnhout: Brepols. 19 in Speculum Musicae Series. 2012
    • Deutsch, James I. 2012. "Gregorio Cortez." In Great Lives from History: Latinos. Tafolla, Carmen and Cotera, Martha P., editors. 273–274. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2012
    • Deutsch, James I. 2012. "John Dillinger." In The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encyclopedia. Miller, Wilbur R., editor. 463–465. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. In Sage Reference. 2012
    • Deutsch, James I. 2012. "Movie Palaces." In The Twenties in America. Rollyson, Carl, editor. 594. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2012
    • Deutsch, James I. 2012. "Sunita Williams." In Great Lives from History: Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Okihiro, Gary Y., editor. 803–804. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2012
    • Deutsch, James I. 2011. "Dore Schary." In Great Lives from History: Jewish Americans. Medoff, Rafael, editor. 1035–1037. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2011
    • Deutsch, James I. 2011. "Folklore and Cultural Studies." In Topical Folk: Interpretations of Traditional Culture. Proceedings of the 7th Honchar Readings Conference. Poshyvailo, Ihor, editor. 249–252. Kyiv (Ukraine): Ivan Honchar Museum. 2011
    • Deutsch, James I. 2011. "John Dillinger." In The Thirties in America. Lewis, Thomas Tandy, editor. 235–236. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2011
    • Deutsch, James I. 2011. "John L. Sullivan." In Sports in America from Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century: An Encyclopedia. Riess, Steven A., editor. 869–870. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe. 2011
    • Deutsch, James I. 2011. "Oscar Micheaux." In Great Lives from History: African Americans. Bankston, Carl L. III, editor. 1055–1056. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2011
    • Deutsch, James I. 2011. "Samuel I. Newhouse." In Great Lives from History: The Incredibly Wealthy. Bromberg, Howard, editor. 662–663. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2011
    • Deutsch, James I. 2011. "Sweet Honey in the Rock." In Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World. Stange, Mary Zeiss, Oyster, Carol K., and Sloan, Jane E., editors. 1427–1428. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications. 2011
    • Deutsch, James I. 2011. "The Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Promoting World Peace and Friendship." In The 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival [program book]. Kim, Sojin and Reddy, Sita, editors. 38–51. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. 2011
    • Deutsch, James I. 2010. "Alabama." In Encyclopedia of Motherhood. O'Reilly, Andrea, editor. 40–41. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications. 2010
    • Deutsch, James I. 2010. "Bouffant." In The American Beauty Industry Encyclopedia. Willett, Julie, editor. 57–58. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. 2010
    • Deutsch, James I. 2010. "Broadway Anti-Fascist: Elmer Rice’s Flight to the West." In Language, Culture, Identity. Todorova, Rumyana, Seizova-Nankova, Temenuzhka, and Popova, Velka, editors. 189–195. Shumen, Bulgaria: Faber. 2010
    • Deutsch, James I. 2010. "Covacevich’s Mexican Sojourn, 1931-1942." In Following the Sun: The Art of Sue Jean Covacevich, 1905–1998. Seaton, Elizabeth G., editor. 28–41. Manhattan, Kans.: Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University. 2010
    • Deutsch, James I. 2010. "Dust Tracks on a Road." In Masterplots. 4th ed. Mazzeno, Laurence W., editor. 1677–1679. Pasadena: Salem Press. 3 2010
    • Deutsch, James I. 2010. "Monte Irvin." In Great Athletes: Baseball. Rasmussen, R. Kent, editor. 262–264. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2010
    • Deutsch, James I. 2010. "NASA’s Fifty Years of Ups and Downs: Right Stuff, Wrong Stuff, and Fixing Stuff on the Frontiers of Space." In America in Motion: Proceedings of the 15th International Colloquium of American Studies. Arbeit, Marcel and Trusník, Roman, editors. 205–218. Olomouc, Czech Republic: Palacky University. 2010
    • Deutsch, James I. 2010. "Peddlers." In The Early Republic and Antebellum America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History. Bates, Christopher G., editor. 794–796. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe. 2010
    • Deutsch, James I. 2010. "Ted Turner." In Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Voices, and Viewpoints. Chapman, Roger, editor. 569–570. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe. 2010
    • Deutsch, James I. 2010. "The Best Years of Our Lives." In The Forties in America. Lewis, Thomas Tandy, editor. 112–113. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2010
    • Deutsch, James I. 2010. "The Folklife Festival Marketplace." In The 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival [Program Book]: México, Asian Pacific Americans, Smithsonian Inside Out. Deutsch, James I., editor. 64–65. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. 2010
    • Deutsch, James I. 2010. "Washington, D.C." In Encyclopedia of American Immigration. Bankston, Carl L., editor. 1048–1049. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2010
    • Deutsch, James I. 2009. "Film Star Mary Astor’s Diary Becomes a Public Sensation." In Great Events from History: Modern Scandals. Bankston, Carl L., editor. 184–187. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2009
    • Deutsch, James I. 2009. "Ma Barker." In Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife. Locke, Liz, Vaughn, Theresa A., and Greenhill, Pauline, editors. 34–35. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. 2009
    • Deutsch, James I. 2009. "NC-17 Rating." In The Nineties in America. Berman, Milton, editor. 609–610. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2009
    • Deutsch, James I. 2009. "Reader's Digest." In Historical Encyclopedia of American Business. Wilson, Richard L., editor. 715–717. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2009
    • Deutsch, James I. 2009. "Riddle." In Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife. Locke, Liz, Vaughn, Theresa A., and Greenhill, Pauline, editors. 597–598. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. 2009
    • Deutsch, James I. 2009. "Rock Paper Scissors." In The Encyclopedia of Play in Today’s Society. Carlisle, Rodney P., editor. 603–604. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. 2009
    • Deutsch, James I. 2009. "Showgirls." In The Nineties in America. Berman, Milton, editor. 771. Pasadena: Salem Press. 2009
    • Deutsch, James I. 2008. "Ernest Shackleton." In Ireland and America: Culture, Politics, and History. Burne, James P., Coleman, Philip, and King, Jason, editors. 852–854. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. 2008
    • Deutsch, James I. 2008. "Frederick Tyrone Power." In Ireland and America: Culture, Politics, and History. Byrne, James P., Coleman, Philip, and King, Jason, editors. 767–768. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. 2008
    • Deutsch, James I. 2008. "Glenn Quinn." In Ireland and America: Culture, Politics, and History. Byrne, James P., Coleman, Philip, and King, Jason, editors. 783–784. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. 2008
    • Deutsch, James I., Dick, Steven J., and Garber, Stephen J. 2008. "NASA: Fifty Years and Beyond." In The 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival [program book]. Sebold, Mary, editor. 34–53. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. 2008
    • Deutsch, James I. 2008. "Shelley Duvall." In The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales. Haase, Donald, editor. 284–285. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. 2008
    • Deutsch, James I. 2008. "Thomas D. Rice." In The Jim Crow Encyclopedia. Brown, Nikki L. M. and Stentiford, Barry M., editors. 691–692. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. 2008
    • Deutsch, James I. 2008. "Washington, D.C." In Ireland and America: Culture, Politics, and History. Byrne, James P., Coleman, Philip, and King, Jason, editors. 910–912. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. 2008
    • Deutsch, James I. 2008. "Woody Strode." In African American National Biography. Gates, Henry Louis,Jr. and Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks, editors. 441–442. New York: Oxford University Press. 2008
  • Conference Paper

    • Deutsch, James I. 2022. "Deaf Culture at the Intersection of History and Disability." from Disability at the Intersection of History, Culture, Religion, Gender, and Health. 67–74. Interdisciplinary Conference on Disability at the Intersection of History, Culture, Religion, Gender, and Health (Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) 2022-03-03. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Marquette University. 2022
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  • Book

    • Deutsch, James I., editor. 2010. The 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival [program book]. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. 2010
    • Deutsch, James I., editor. 2009. The 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival [program book]. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. 2009

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  • Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
    P.O. Box 37012, MRC 520
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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  • Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
    600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 2001
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