A Bit about Me
Jesse Johnston is a Senior Digital Collections Specialist at the Library of Congress and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland iSchool. Before working at the Library of Congress, he was an Archives Specialist in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and worked on metadata and digital description for archival audio collections. From 2013 to 2018, he was a Senior Program Officer for preservation and access and Acting Records Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). He previously taught musicology at Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan–Dearborn. His research focuses on user practices in archives, performance of Moravian traditional music, and ethnomusicology. 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. His research has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship (U.S. Department of State/International Institute of Education), a Kohn Doctoral Fellowship (Masaryk University), a Rackham Humanities Dissertation Writing Fellowship, and twice by Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (U.S. Department of Education). 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.
I am a scholar and archivist who specializes in audiovisual archiving, music libraries, and musics of Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. I currently work at the Library of Congress and the iSchool at the University of Maryland. Previously, I held positions at the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, at the George Mason University progarm in public history, 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.