I am an ethnomusicologist, public folklorist, archivist, audio preservation engineer, musician, and music curator.
I received my B.F.A in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, my M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University, and my Ph.D. in Folklore and Ethnomusicology with a minor in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University.
My research, writing, and teaching interests include American Vernacular Music, Immigration and Ethnic American Music, Music and Social Justice, Nordic and Scandinavian Folk Music and Folk Arts, Finnish Popular Music, and Music Preservation and Community Archives. While at Indiana University, I taught several courses of my own design: Rock Stars With A Cause: Socially Conscious Songwriting, Guitar Cultures Around the World, and International Country Music, and I also served as an Associate Instructor for the folklore course on Music, Identity, and Social Life: Performance and Community Action.
In my recent role as the Ethnic American Music Curator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I divided my time between public programming [focusing on the Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest project], teaching [co-teaching summer folklore field schools and co-managing the summer folk arts fieldwork programs in conjunction with the WI and MN State Arts Boards], audio engineering [building and running the audio preservation studio for the Mills Music Library and Wisconsin Music Archive], as well as music curation [acquiring music collections and conducting fieldwork with ethnic American musicians throughout the Upper Midwest, with the end results being part of the NEH-funded Local Centers/Global Sounds digital collections].
At present, I am the Audio-Visual Preservation Archivist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison General Library System. I am an Affiliate in the German, Nordic, and Slavic department and continue my folklore work as a PI on the Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest project. News and updates from that project can be found at www.folklife.wisc.edu