Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth

Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth

Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth

Public Folklorist


(614) 292-1639

218 Ohio Stadium
1961 Tuttle Park Pl.
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Music and craft traditions
  • Forests and environmental policy
  • Global mountain regions
  • Place and material culture


  • B.A., Anthropology and History, University of Virginia
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Kentucky
  • Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, University of Kentucky

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.

Research affiliations:
Researcher. Asian Cultural History Program, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.