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This performing artist and scholar of twentieth century American culture served among the first curators of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his BA in Sociology and Fine Arts from Montclair State University and completed a doctoral degree focused on American Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. He has served as a faculty member in the American Studies departments of Penn College, Indiana University, and Radford University, while also acting as a Senior Fellow of the Laurasian Institution, which fosters cultural exchange between Asia and North America. Having published on Blues and the American 1960's counterculture, he reviews a number of scholarly journals, such as the American Quarterly, the Journal of Social Media Studies, and the African American Review.

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Location: MI
Independent Coursework, the Juilliard School
BA, Sociology & Fine Arts, Montclair State University
MA, Folklore, Indiana University
PhD, American Folklore & Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
Certified, Archivist - Society of American Archivists
Member, American Folklore Society
Member, American Studies Association
Member, the Blues Foundation
Member, Popular Culture Association
Member, Society for Ethnomusicology
Published several books and dozens of referred articles and invited presentations
Founding Curator & Director of Educational Affairs, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumFormer, Director, Indiana University Archives
Former, Adjunct Faculty in American Studies and Folklore, Indiana University
Former, Senior Fellow, the Laurasian Institute
Former, Founding Faculty of the New College of Global Studies, Radford University
Former, Dean of the School of Integrated Studies, Penn College
Current, Scholar & Adviser, a Southern Museum
Current, Historic Advisor, 2 Southern states' boards of tourism
Current, Lecturer of American Culture, a prominent Michigan university

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