Rachel Hopkin

Folklorist and Radio Producer


Originally from England, I began my career producing radio at the BBC. I then spent several years in Argentina and made audio documentaries and reports for broadcasters around the world.

I moved to the US in 2010, having fallen in love with its traditional culture during a field trip to the southern Appalachians some years earlier. I lived first in Kentucky where I gained a Masters in Folk Studies at Western Kentucky University, then I headed to Las Vegas, where I took up the role of Program Coordinator for Nevada Humanities for two years. I’ve now just completed a PhD in Folklore at the Ohio State University.

I spend my time pursuing projects that offer a chance to illuminate the expressive culture and share the stories of this rich and extraordinary world and in which my skills as an audio producer, ethnographer, researcher, oral historian, and writer are put to good use.

Thanks for visiting my website and do please feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you.