216 Lane Hall
280 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
gardening and food systems
home food preservation
politics of culture
Awards and Honors
Kluge Fellowship ($25,200), The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, 2015
Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund for Ethnography Award ($1000), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 2012
Charles Redd Fellowship in Western American History ($2400), Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University, 2012
Freedom from Want: Home Canning in the American Imagination. Under contract, University of North Carolina Press.
“(Not) Going Public: Mediating Reception and Managing Visibility in Contemporary Scrapbooks,” in Material Vernaculars: Objects, Images, and their Social Worlds, ed. Jason Baird Jackson. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Forthcoming, 2016.
Dr. Christensen earned her Ph.D. in Folklore Studies; she’s interested in the ways people shape everyday expressive culture (especially complex genres that combine speech, action, and objects) as they seek to influence and persuade others. Recent courses have centered on vernacular poetry and protest song, Appalachian cultures, and the politics of food and food advertising.