Judy Peiser (born June 4, 1945) is co-founder and current executive director of the Center for Southern Folklore in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois and a master's degree from the University of Memphis .
Peiser founded the Center for Southern Folklore in 1972 along with William Ferris.
Peiser has produced numerous documentary films including Fannie Bell Chapman: Gospel Singer, Gravel Springs Fife and Drum, and Ray Lum: Mule Trader, available on the Folkstreams project's website. 
Peiser is a frequent lecturer at preservation and folk gatherings throughout the world. She was recognized by Esquire Magazine for changing America and by Southern Living for having made a difference in the changing South.
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