Tom Barden is professor emeritus of English. His research areas are American folklore and American literature, with a special focus on John Steinbeck. He is the book review editor of The Steinbeck Review. His book-length works include Weevils in the Wheat: Interviews with Virginia Ex-Slaves, The Travels of Peter Woodhouse, Virginia Folk Legends, Hungarian American Toledo, and Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Swansea, Wales in 1993-94 and is the Phi Kappa Phi National Scholar for 2012-2014. He was dean of the University of Toledo Honors College from 2007 until his retirement in 2013.