B. Marcus Cederström
Position title: Folklore Curator, Lecturer
Office Number: 1358 Van Hise Hall
Research/Language Interests: I’m a public folklorist and my research focuses on Scandinavian-American folklife. Currently, I work on a project titled “Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest,” but I also research the intersections of immigration, labor, and creative expression. In addition, I work with indigenous communities on issues of sustainability, cultural revitalization, and pedagogy.
About Me: I graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in Sports Business, History, and Scandinavian Studies and then worked in marketing for a bank, a Swedish professional basketball team, and a company that sells environmentally-friendly baby products. Since then, I’ve earned my MA and Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies at UW-Madison and now work as the Community Curator of Nordic-American Folklore as part of the “Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Art in the Upper Midwest” project. I’m committed to the power of stories and culture to create and empower communities and individuals in various forms. No matter what I’m doing, I’m a humanist and an advocate for public folklore. I also love sour gummy worms, Bruce Springsteen, and teaching. Not necessarily in that order.
Affiliated Departments: Department of Comparative Literature
• University of Wisconsin–Madison, PhD in Scandinavian Studies
• University of Wisconsin–Madison, MA in Scandinavian Studies
• University of Oregon, BA in Business, History, and Scandinavian Studies