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Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth

Research Interests:
Anthropology of craft
Material culture
Global Mountain Regions
Anthropology of Work

BA in Anthropology and History, University of Virginia, 2010

MA in Anthropology, University of Kentucky, 2016



I am a cultural anthropologist interested in the craft production as a means of re-enchantment of labor and material within a regional and global context, advised by Dr. Ann Kingsolver. My research investigates how makers of musical instruments in West Virginia navigate a terrain of local wood and forestry practices, regional representation, and economic futures tied to music, craft, and the environment. I also maintain a research interest in the South Caucasus and Eastern Europe addressing issues of regional identity and in analogous mountain communities through craft creation and representation.


ANT 225 - Culture, Environment, and Global Issues

APP 200 - Introduction to Appalachian Studies

ANT 160 - Cultural Diversity in the Modern World


2017                         Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. 

2017                         Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Kentucky

2017                         Lambda Alpha Graduate Research Grant Award. 

2014, 2016 , 2017    University of Kentucky Appalachian Center James S. Brown Graduate Student Award.

2016                         Certificate for Outstanding Teaching, College of Art & Sciences, University of Kentucky

2016                         William Y. Adams Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky

2015                         University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology Susan Abbott-Jamieson Pre-Dissertation Research Grant. $800.00



Selected Publications:

Forthcoming  Resonating with the Trees: Tracking Musical Instrument Tonewood Between Appalachian and Carpathian Forest Environments in Global Mountain Regions: A Dialogue

Toward the Future. Ann Kingsolver and Sasikumar Baladundarum, eds.

2017   Review of Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America, by Kathryn Dudley, The Anthropology of Work Review.

2014   Undiscovered Art from the Korean War: Explorations in the Collection of Chester and Wanda Chang. Washington, D.C.: Asian Cultural History Program, Smithsonian Institution.

2013   Turkmenistan: Arts from the Land of Magtymguly. Washington, D.C.: Asian Cultural History Program, Smithsonian Institution.