Gregory Hansen is a Professor of Folklore and English at Arkansas State University, where he also teaches graduate classes in Heritage Studies. He worked for Florida Folklife in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as the coordinator of the Duval County Folk Arts in the School program, after the departure of David Taylor. He worked as the Education Coordinator from 2000 to 2002, during which time he conducted research throughout the state, taught teacher and public workshops, and provided cultural interpretation at folklife events.
A PhD graduate of Indiana University, Hansen has spent the last decade investigating the Southeastern United States and Midwest folk cultures, as well as the relation between folklore and education, public folklore, and documentary media. He has completed public folklore projects for the Smithsonian Institution, Danish Immigrant Museum, Kentucky Center for the Arts, and other organizations. In addition to numerous articles and paper presentations, Hansen edited a special issue of the Folklore Forum and published articles in the Encyclopedia of the Midwest and Peoples of America. He has also produced a documentary video on oral history and folklife, and assisted with the production of audio recordings of traditional music. His book, A Florida Fiddler: The Life and Times of Richard Seaman is an oral history and biography of Seaman who grew up in Kissimmee Park, Florida.