Born in Sweden, but raised in Colorado, Marcus Cederström spent three years in Stockholm working in marketing after graduating from the University of Oregon with degrees in Sports Business, History, and Scandinavian Studies. Then, chasing fame and fortune, he moved to Wisconsin in 2010 to pursue a PhD in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He earned his MA in 2012 and his PhD in 2016 and currently works as the community curator of Nordic-American folklore at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Along with teaching Nordic-American folklore courses, he researches Scandinavian-American identity and folklore, immigrant folklore, and laborlore. His dissertation research focused on the role of Scandinavian women immigrants in the labor movement in the United States. He occasionally writes for a variety of audiences and translates from Swedish to English. He also loves sour gummy worms, Bruce Springsteen, and teaching. Not necessarily in that order. For more information about his work, check out his website or follow him on Twitter.
The Hardanger fiddle is a staple of traditional Norwegian folk music, which connects people visually, bodily, and aurally, with their
The songs and poetry of the American labor movement are an example of occupational folklore or 'laborlore', which records worker