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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