Danille Christensen


Danille Christensen

Assistant Professor


216 Lane Hall
280 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Religion and Culture


  • Gendered/domestic labor
  • Material culture (foodways, craft)
  • Performance studies/Ethnography of communication
  • Cultural and environmental sustainability
  • Local knowledge

Professional Activities

  • Material Culture and Public Humanities MA Program
  • American Folklore Society
  • American Studies Association
  • Appalachian Studies Association
  • Association for the Study of Food and Society


  • Ph. D. Indiana University, Bloomington

Research Interests

    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

    Selected Publications


    Freedom from Want: Home Canning in the American Imagination. Under contract, University of North Carolina Press.

    Edited Books

    “(Not) Going Public: Mediating Reception and Managing Visibility in Contemporary Scrapbook Performance.” 2016. In Material Vernaculars: Objects, Images, and their Social Worlds, edited by Jason Baird Jackson, 40-104. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 


    “Materializing the Everyday: ‘Safe’ Scrapbooks, Aesthetic Mess, and the Rhetorics of Workmanship.” 2017. Journal of Folklore Research 54 (3): 233-84.

    “Simply Necessity? Agency and Aesthetics in Southern Home Canning.” 2015. Special Food Issue. Southern Cultures 21(1): 15-42. 

    “‘Pure Hoosier’: Fieldwork, Food Guides, and Cultural Distinction.” 2012. Journal of Folklore Research 49(1):97–106.

    “‘Look at Us Now!’: Scrapbooking, Regimes of Value, and the Risks of (Auto)Ethnography.” 2011. Journal of American Folklore 124(493):175–210.

    “‘Locating’ the Nation: Football Game Day and American Dreams in Central Ohio.” 2006. Journal of American Folklore 119(474):444–88.

    Additional Information

    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.


    For further information, please visit Dr. Christensen ’s personal website.