Benjamin Gatling (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is an assistant professor in the Department of English at George Mason University. He teaches in the Folklore Studies Program and is affiliated with the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies. Prior to coming to Mason, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University, where he was also a core faculty member of the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

He is currently working on a book project, entitled Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan, as part of the Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World multi-press book series.

His research interests include narrative, performance, the ethnography of communication, Persianate oral traditions, and Islam in Central Asia.

He also serves as a book reviews editor for the Journal of American Folklore and lead list editor of H-Folk, H-Net’s network for folklore and ethnology.