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 a core faculty member of the Duke Islamic Studies Center.
His first book, Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan, was published with the University of Wisconsin Press in 2018.
His research interests include narrative, performance, the ethnography of communication, Persianate oral traditions, and Islam in Central Asia. His current research considers the experiences of Afghan migrants and refugees in the U.S.
He also serves as associate editor of the Journal of American Folklore and lead list editor of H-Folk, H-Net’s network for folklore and ethnology.