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Bradley A. Hanson, PhD

Director of Folklife

Dr. Bradley Hanson joined the Tennessee Arts Commission in January 2015. An ethnomusicologist and folklorist, he previously worked as a member of the Cumberland Trail Music and Heritage project in eleven Tennessee counties. His responsibilities as a member included field research, audio and visual archival management, website design, radio production, and interpretive writing focused on regional expressive life and folklore.

He has also collaborated on programming, preservation, and documentary projects with state organizations such as the Campbell Cultural Coalition and the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound. In 2011 he was given the Blanton Owen Fund Award in support of his ongoing fieldwork among regional musicians.

He graduated from Brown University with a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology in May 2014. His dissertation, Tuned Our Way: Music, Memory, and Heritage in East Tennessee, is currently being revised for publication by the University of Illinois Press.

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