PhD candidate in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University
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Micah Ling is one of two inaugural recipients of the Indiana University (IU) Graduate Pathways Fellowship, awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year from the IU College of Arts and Sciences. This fellowship provides funding for advanced graduate students to build skills associated with careers outside of solely academic instruction, such as museums and archives.
Her fellowship is based at the Michigan State University Museum where she is working with the folklife and cultural heritage collections. As part of her fellowship, she is preparing an inventory of the Michigan Traditional Arts Research Collections, as well as compiling publications that have utilized these collections and creating social media posts about the collections. This semester she is also working with curator Marsha MacDowell and cultural collections manager Lynne Swanson on development of proposals to digitize the folklife collections and add them to the National Folklore Archives Initiative.
Ling worked with the MSU Museum beginning as an undergraduate student in 2010 and later as an on-call collections specialist. She has worked on several cultural collections projects and coordinated the public-facing programs associated with the Michigan Traditional Arts Program. A doctoral candidate in the IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, she is currently writing her dissertation on the role of dress in the American old-time music scene, focusing on clothing as a vehicle for understanding the performance and negotiation of identity, belonging, gender, and historical imagination.