Research and Projects


My Senior Independent Study (I.S.), or my undergraduate senior capstone research paper, explored why Appalachian ballads resonated with so many folk singers during the 1960s American folk music revival. Revivalists’ ambiguous definitions of authenticity allowed Appalachian ballads to serve individual revivalists’ needs and political goals, from civil rights activism to self-discovery to cultural pride.

For my 2021 I.S. Symposium presentation, go to For the complete paper, go to:


Below is a sampling of academic projects created or co-created as a Public History M.A. student at Northeastern University: