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Jesse Johnston

Library of Congress
Senior Specialist, Digital Collections Management
Washington, DC
Jesse Johnston is a Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access. Before working at NEH, 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. 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. 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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