Jesse P. Karlsberg, PhD

Senior Digital Scholarship Strategist

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship

Office: Robert W. Woodruff Library

Phone: 404-727-6334


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  • PhD, Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2015
  • MA, Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2013
  • MFA, Integrated Electronic Arts, Music Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2006
  • BA, Music and Philosophy Departments, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 2003


Jesse P. Karlsberg's research examines connections between race, place, folklorization, and American music. Jesse is series editor of Sounding Spirit, a pioneering collection of digital critical editions of vernacular sacred American music texts from 1851–1911 and editor of the digital critical edition of the first volume in the collection: Original Sacred Harp, a 1911 edition of a prominent shape-note tunebook. Jesse edited a companion print volume, Original Sacred Harp: Centennial Edition (Pitts Theology Library and Sacred Harp Publishing Company, 2015). He is the project proposer and annotation and edition consultant for Readux, a tool for annotating and publishing digital critical editions, which Sounding Spirit will be the first collection to adopt. Jesse is an editorial board member and the managing editor of Atlanta Studies, an open-access scholarly magazine and blog on metropolitan Atlanta. Jesse is the consulting editor of Southern Spaces, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, open-access journal about real and imagined spaces and places of the US South and their global connections. An active Sacred Harp singer, teacher, composer, and organizer, Jesse is the vice president of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company, the non-profit organization that publishes The Sacred Harp, editor of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter, and research director of the Sacred Harp Museum.  


American studies, African American music, music bibliography, digital critical editions, data curation, folklorization, shape-note singing, and the cultural history of the US South.