Danille Elise Christensen holds an MA and PhD in Folklore from Indiana University’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, where she learned to pay close attention to the patterned things people say, make, and do in the course of daily life. Her work is broadly concerned with the ways individuals shape vernacular expressive culture in order to influence and persuade others.
She’s especially interested in the rhetorical potential of complex genres and has written, for instance, on the politics and meanings of football game day in central Ohio. Her dissertation, “Constructing Value: Women, Scrapbooking, and the Framing of Daily Experience,” explored how today’s scrapbookers use material culture and public venues to make varied statements about carework and other forms of gendered labor. In July 2011, she published “’Look at us now!’: Scrapbooking, Regimes of Value, and the Risks of (Auto) Ethnography” in the Journal of American Folklore. For more on her current research interests, click here.
At Indiana University, she taught in the Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology, the Department of Communication & Culture, and the American Studies Program; in January 2011, she began teaching folklore and American studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In August 2012 she joined the faculty in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy at The Ohio State University, where she is also affiliated with the Center for Folklore Studies.
In 2010, Dr. Christensen was one of four Research Associates working on the Civil Rights History Project (CRHP), a Congressionally mandated effort to locate and document oral histories related to the Civil Rights Movement. Other recent projects include participation in a Teagle Foundation grant to improve the quality of undergraduate education and organizing a student poster session at Shared Tables: A Triangle Symposium on Local and Global Food Studies (jointly hosted by Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in February 2012). For more on these public projects, click here.
Professor Christensen is also Managing Editor of the Journal of Folklore Research, a peer-reviewed international forum for current theory and research in the study of vernacular expressive culture. Her duties include reviewing and editing submitted manuscripts and working with Indiana University Press to manage the journal’s production schedule. In 2014, JFR will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
When not tied to a computer, Danille enjoys water exercise, yoga, hiking, salvaging things, learning the names of local plants, cooking, and traveling.
- Cultural poetics and performance
- Rhetorical uses of genre and tradition
- Semiotics of identity
- Ethnography of communication
- Complex genres and intertextuality
- Kinwork/domestic life
- Material culture
- Vernacular poetry
- Display events (sport/festival/competition)
- The United States
- Women’s associations
- Ph.D., Folklore, Indiana University, 2009
- M.A., Folklore, Indiana University, 2000
- B.A., summa cum laude with University Honors, English-Teaching, Brigham Young University, 1997