Jesse P. Karlsberg, PhD

Senior Digital Scholarship Strategist

Phone: 404-727-6334



  • PhD, Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University, 2015
  • MA, Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University, 2013
  • MFA, Integrated Electronic Arts, Music Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York), 2006
  • BA, Music and Philosophy Departments, Wesleyan University, 2003


Jesse is co-product coordinator for Readux, a platform for annotating and publishing digital critical editions, and series editor of Sounding Spirit, a collection of editions of vernacular sacred American music using the platform.

He is managing editor of Atlanta Studies and consulting editor of Southern Spaces.

A scholar of digital publishing and American music, Jesse is editor of Original Sacred Harp: Centennial Edition (Pitts Theology Library and Sacred Harp Publishing Company, 2015). His 2015 dissertation, Folklore's Filter: Race, Place, and Sacred Harp Singing, earned honorable mention for the Society of American Music's Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award.

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Jesse's research draws on ethnographic, archival, and music analytical methods, and engages digital and conventional publishing platforms.

His work examines sustainability and project planning in digital scholarly projects, the capacities afforded by web publication for facilitating analysis into digitized texts, and analyzes connections between race, place, folklorization, and American music focusing on the editions of The Sacred Harp and key texts in other southern vernacular music genres.