Christofer Johnson

MA/PhD, Department of English
Christofer Johnson is an MA/PhD student concentrating in folklore. He is primarily interested in the political agency of folklore and folksong in the Anglophone world, the cultural dimensions of power in the contemporary period, and the way that cultural artifacts impact and shape the development of national identity. Of particular interest at the moment is the rhetoric surrounding the Scottish Independence Referendum and the repurposing of Jacobite ballads in an effort to shape a particular kind of modern Scottish identity.
Current projects include an ethnographic investigation of island fishing communities in Orkney and Shetland, an examination of music, storytelling, and pub activism in Northern Scotland, and ongoing archival work on the Columbus Sister City Movement of the 1980s and 1990s.
Areas of Expertise
  • Ballads, Sea Shanties, and Songs of Rebellion
  • The Intersection of Music and Politics
  • Storytelling
  • Pub Activism
  • M.A., The Ohio State University, 2015
  • B.A., History, University of South Carolina​

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