Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth

Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth

Center for Folklore Studies, The Ohio State University
Phone: 540-398-8414
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Research Interests

Collaborative ethnography, forestry, environmental policy, material culture and craft traditions, global mountain regions, music, land tenure, multi-species ethnography

Educational Background

  • 2019    Ph.D. awarded with distinction. University of Kentucky, Department of Anthropology. Finding the Singing Spruce: Craft Labor, Global Forests, and Musical Instrument Makers in Appalachia. Defended December 12, 2018
  • 2016    M.A., Anthropology University of Kentucky, Department of Anthropology
  • 2010    B.A., Anthropology and History, University of Virginia, College of Arts and Sciences

Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth is the Public Folklorist and Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Folklore Studies at The Ohio State University. He currently teaches the Ohio Field School course and coordinates the Sharing Visions Project (go.osu.edu/sharingvisions). His has researched musical and material craft traditions in global contexts through his work with the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Cultural History Program and the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology and Appalachian Center, where he earned his PhD in 2019. His recent research interests have involved craft economies and production in global mountain forests, with a focus on Carpathia and Appalachia and collaborative methods. His upcoming book, Finding the Singing Spruce explores the connections between the meaning of craft work and forest environments in the craft of musical instruments in West Virginia.

Biographical Sketch

Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth is Director of the Center for Folklore Studies at The Ohio State University and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies. He has researched musical and material craft traditions in global contexts through his work with the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Cultural History Program and the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology and Appalachian Center, where he earned his PhD in 2019. His recent research interests have involved craft economies and production in global mountain forests, with a focus on Carpathia and Appalachia and collaborative methods. His upcoming book, Finding the Singing Spruce explores the connections between the meaning of craft work and forest environments in the craft of musical instruments in West Virginia.

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