Tracie Wilson holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University-Bloomington. She also studied Slavic languages and literature, Jewish studies, communication and culture, and environmental policy and has a master’s degree from Indiana in Russian and East European Studies with concentrations in politics and history.
From 2006–2008 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow sponsored by the Council for Library and Information Resources (CLIR), first at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006/2007) and then at Bryn Mawr College (2007/2008) At Illinois, she conducted a digital oral history project of the UI Campus Folksong Club and the 1960’s folksong revival movement (http://www.library.illinois.edu/edx/folklore/cfcintroduction.html). At Bryn Mawr, she curated an exhibit and created an online database for the Katrina Thomas Ethnic Wedding Photograph Collection (http://triptych.brynmawr.edu/cdm4/wedding.php).
In 2000/2001 Tracie Wilson conducted fieldwork for her dissertation “Wild Nature”: Globalization, Identity, and the Performance of Polish Environmentalism. In June 2009 she presented an updated version of her research “Lessons on EU Accession and the Environment: The Case of Poland” at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
She is currently a Research Fellow working on the Emmy Noether-Programme “Pathways of law in ethno-religiously mixed societies: Resources of experience in Poland-Lithuania and its successor states” at the at the Institut für Slavistik at the University of Leipzig. She conducts research on social advocacy, religious culture, and law, focusing on the 19th century communities of Lviv.