Marcus Cederstrom

Position title: Community Curator of Nordic-American Folklore


Marcus Cederström earned his B.A. from the University of Oregon in Sports Business, History, and Scandinavian Studies and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He works in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic as the community curator of Nordic-American folklore for the “Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest” project. Cederström teaches Nordic-American folklore courses, conducts fieldwork with Nordic-Americans throughout the Upper Midwest, and works with Nathan Gibson and Anna Rue to create public programming supporting Scandinavian folk arts.

Nathan Gibson

Position title: Ethnic American Music Curator


Nathan Gibson is the Ethnic American Music Curator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Mills Music Library. He holds a B.F.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University. He earned his PhD with a minor in Finnish studies from the department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. He has designed and taught courses on American Vernacular Music, Music Cultures around the World, Socially Conscious Songwriting and teaches a summer folklore field school alongside Rue and Cederström. His work at the Mills Music Library is focused on folklore archives, audio preservation, the Global Centers-Local Sounds NEH project, as well as curating and documenting ethnic American and Nordic-American music collections pertaining to the Upper Midwest.

Anna Rue

Position title: Associate Director, Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures


Anna Rue is Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures and works on the Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest Project. She holds an M.A. in American Studies from the UMass-Boston and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from UW-Madison. Rue teaches courses relating to folklore fieldwork and methodology, public folklore, and Scandinavian American and Upper Midwestern cultures. In addition, she works with Cederström and Gibson on the collaborative project “Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest” and researches topics relating to Norwegian-American communities, traditions, and identities in the region.