I’m committed to the power of stories and culture to create and empower communities and individuals in various forms, whether it’s through the documentation and building of a traditional Ojibwe birchbark canoe or the documentation and preservation of Scandinavian-American languages and folklore in the Upper Midwest. No matter what I’m doing, I’m a humanist and an advocate for public folklore. In my current position as the Community Curator of Nordic-American Folklore in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic at UW-Madison, I work with artists, activists, academics, and community members throughout the Upper Midwest to amplify their voices and show off all the great things that are happening in the region.

Below are links to examples of my public work since 2010. Click to learn more:

Films     Public Folklore     Research     Teaching
Sustainability     Writing     Translation