Rachel Hopkin

PhD Candidate

Rachel Hopkin is a PhD Candidate in Folklore in OSU’s English Department. She began her career as a radio producer in various music departments at the BBC in the UK. She then moved to Argentina and worked on an independent basis for broadcasters around the world. In 2010 she settled in the US and earned an MA in Folk Studies at Western Kentucky University two years later. In 2013, she was awarded a rare “National Interest Waiver” Green Card in recognition of her work as a folklorist/radio producer with a special focus on US traditional culture.

Rachel’s dissertation research involves an ethnographic study of Argentine tango social dancing in Ohio. Her academic publications include:

  • Poetics and Pâtisserie: Multilayered Performances of Croissants. 2017. Performance Research [in press].
  • The Way of the Croissant: Traditional Perspectives on a Traditional Pastry. 2017. Digest: A Journal of Foodways and Culture 5/2.
  • The Critical Conservationist: George Gibson and Patterns of Vernacular Resistance. 2017. Western Folklore, 76/1:5-40.
  • The Bottle Artist, 2011. Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin, Volume LXVII/1&2:35-59.

Outside of academia, Rachel’s recent professional experience includes producing several radio documentaries, among them Country Down Under, about Australian Aboriginal musicians who play country music for the BBC, and Banjo Pickin’ Girls and Fiddlin’ Women, about early Kentucky women musicians for the Australia’s Radio National; and serving as Guest Instructor for the Texas Folklife’s annual Summer Stories Institute since 2014.

[Updated 8/23/17]

Areas of Expertise
  • Folklore
  • Radio Production
  • Vernacular Music
  • Argentine Tango
  • Croissants
  • MA, Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, USA
  • Bachelor of Music, Trinity College of Music, London, England
  • Diploma of Music, Kodaly Institute of Music, Kecskemet, Hungary