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Laurie K. Sommers

Ethnomusicologist Dr. Laurie K. Sommers is research associate in folk arts at the Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing, Michigan. A public folklorist since 1982, Sommers holds a B.A. in folklife from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in folklore from Indiana University. A former director of the South Georgia Folklife Project at Valdosta University, she has also worked for the Indiana Division of State Parks, Michigan State University, and the Smithsonian Institute. Sommers most recent work includes the Florida Music Train project, which won the 2003 Dorothy Howard Prize in folklife education from the American Folklore Society. While with the Florida Folklife Program, she worked on the Miami-Dade Folklife Survey with Tina Bucuvalas in 1985.