Annette Fromm

Annette B. Fromm is a museum specialist and folklorist. At the present she serves as Coordinator/Assistant Professor of Museum Studies at Florida International University. She is the Past President of the International Committee of Museums of Ethnography (ICME), an international committee of the International Council of Museums, and Chair of the Florida Folklife Council. She is a graduate of Indiana University (Ph.D., Folkore, minors in art history & anthropology) and Kent State University (B.A., African Studies and textiles).

Over the past thirty years Fromm has worked in museums in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Florida. She also has consulted in museums across the US and overseas including the Jewish Museum of Greece and the National Museum of Bahrain. Her work has ranged from small and large institutions which emphasis from ethnic cultural diversity to historic preservation. Dr. Fromm has published articles on immigrant-ethnic groups in America, Native Americans in museums, multicultural museums, historic preservation and community, Jews in Greece, Sephardic folklore, Greek folklore, and folk art.

Fromm’s book, We Are Few, Folklore and Ethnic Identity of the Jewish Community of Ioannina, Greece, written for Indiana University, was published in 2008 by Lexington Books. She has published articles on immigrant-ethnic groups in America, Jews in Greece, Greek folklore, Native Americans in museums, multicultural museums, and folk art. Another area of research is food history and traditions. She has taught many workshops on folklore and folklife, American ethnicity, oral history and museum issues. Fromm has conducted extensive field research in ethnic communities across the United States and in Greece.