Joe Salmons


Joe Salmons is the Lester W.J. “Smoky” Seifert Professor of Germanic Linguistics. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy (UNC-Charlotte, 1978) and a Ph.D. in Germanic linguistics (University of Texas at Austin, 1984). He works to integrate research in linguistics with teaching and outreach beyond the university.

Jim Leary


James P. Leary was born and raised in northern Wisconsin and, since the early 1970s, has focused his research on the folklore of the Upper Midwest's diverse peoples, with particular emphases on musical and narrative performances, on pluralism and creolization, and on public folklore.

Anna Rue

Associate Director

Anna Rue is Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures and is associated with the Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest Project. She holds a Master’s in American Studies from the UMass-Boston and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from UW-Madison.

Janet Gilmore

Research Collections, Exhibits

Janet C. Gilmore holds a Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University. She is a folklorist with extensive public sector experience and particular expertise in commercial fishers in the Pacific Northwest, material culture, and foodways.

Hope Hague



Hope Hague handles finances, communications and day-to-day business for the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, and the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies.

Ruth Olson

Associate Director Emerita

Ruth Olson holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, and teaches in the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

CSUMC Affiliates

Steven Ackerman

Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education

Susan Cook

Director, Mead Witter School of Music

Tom DuBois

Religious Studies; German, Nordic, and Slavic

Cristopher Font-Santiago

Co-Director, English 100 Tutorial Services; English Language & Linguistics

Chris Garlough

Gender & Women's Studies

Mary Hoefferle

Art Education Program Director, Art, School of Education

Mark L. Louden

Director, Max Kade Institute; German, Nordic and Slavic

Monica Macaulay

Language Sciences; American Indian Studies; Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America

Larry Nesper

Anthropology; American Indian Studies

Omar Poler

The Information School; School of Education

Tom Purnell

English Language & Linguistics

Eric Raimy

Director, Language Sciences; English Language & Linguistics

Troy Reeves

Head, Oral History Program

Theresa Schenck

Emerita, Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies

Rand Valentine

Linguistics, American Indian Studies

External Partners

Kaitlyn Berle

Folks Arts Program, Wisconsin Arts Board

Joshua Bousquette

Linguistics, University of Georgia

Josh Brown

Languages, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Rhonda Dass

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Tim Frandy

Western Kentucky University

Nicholas Hartmann

National Czech & Slovak Museum

Peg Korsmo-Kennon

American Swedish Institute

Sarah Larsson

Somali Museum of Minnesota

Samantha Litty

Humboldt Fellow, Universität Flensburg

Brian Miller

Eoin McKiernan Library

Kathryn Remlinger

Grand Valley State University

Liz Reuter

Chippewa Valley Museum

Rina Rossi

Folk and Traditional Arts Program,Minnesota State Arts Board

Daniel Truckey

Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center

Mark Wagler

Independent Scholar