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Presented my current project on research use of ethnographic sound archives at the Society for Ethnomusicology’s meeting in New Orleans.
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Jesse Johnston is a Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access. He came to the NEH from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, where was an Archives Specialist in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections and worked on metadata and digital description for archival audio collections. His research focuses on the performance of Moravian traditional music in the Czech Republic and user access practices in audiovisual archives. He has conducted field research in traditional and popular musics with communities in the Czech Republic, the Philippines, and Czech-Americans in the Upper Midwest. He previously taught musicology at Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan–Dearborn. His research has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship (2005), a Kohn Doctoral Fellowship (Masaryk University), a Rackham Humanities Dissertation Writing Fellowship, and twice by Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships. At Michigan, he also received the Margaret Mann Award (2012) and the Louise E. Cuyler Award (2008). He holds a PhD in musicology and a Master of Science in Information, both from the University of Michigan.
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I am an ethnomusicologist, archivist, and librarian. I specialize in audiovisual archiving, music libraries, and musics of Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. I currently work at the National Endowment for the Humanities and previously held positions at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, on the music faculty of Bowling Green State University, and in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters at the University of Michigan–Dearborn. I also worked on the music library staff at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the University of Michigan Bands. I hold an MSI in archives from the University of Michigan School of Information and a PhD in Musicology from the Rackham Graduate School (U. of Michigan). While at Michigan, I received a Regents Fellowship, Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships from the Centers for Russian and East European Studies and Southeast Asian Studies, and a Rackham Humanities Dissertation Fellowship.
My research focuses on music cultures of Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and the United States centering on themes of performance studies, globalization, music and media, digital and material cultures, and information (music libraries and archives). My research has received numerous awards, including in 2005 when I received a Fulbright Grant to complete my doctoral research, in 2008 when I received the Louise Cuyler Award from the UM Department of Musicology, and again in 2012 when I received the Margaret Mann Award from the UM School of Information.