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Jared Asser

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Graduate Student

Jared is a PhD student who has worked on the music produced by the 1920s Ku Klux Klan and is transitioning into the history of emotion. While at the University of Georgia he is interested in using the conceptual tools of emotions history to re-interpret the Reconstruction period. Believing that emotions are both culturally conditioned and central to politics, his research focuses on moments of political crisis and how emotion influenced the outcome of those crises. This interest includes the state-level problems that shaped the period, but also the quotidian issues influencing the lives of ordinary people. For instance, how dealing with horse theft may have become a political issue, affecting how small communities experienced Reconstruction. This research focuses on the states with the longest-lasting Reconstruction governments, including Louisiana and South Carolina.

Prior to arriving at UGA, he studied at Carleton University and Trent University (both in Canada). As a Canadian he apologizes in advance for constantly saying "sorry."

He has presented research at the University of Michigan, the University of Mississippi, LSU, and Trent University. He was scheduled to present a sound studies paper at McGill University, but this event was cancelled due to Covid-19. He regularly reviews books for Sound Studies, and has also reviewed for American Nineteenth Century HistoryThe West Tennessee Historical Society Papers, and H-Net.

At present he is studying for his comprehensive exams, in addition to preparing an article manuscript on a genealogy of masculinity in the Lieber Code, and reviewing a book for Emotions: History, Culture, Society.

Research Interests:

Jared works in three overlapping areas of research. The first is an interest in the Far-Right as it is expressed through Nationalism, Populism, and Fascism. He recently led a reading group for H-Nationalism.

His second research area is Music and Sound Studies. He combined these two research areas in his Masters thesis "Hearing the Invisible Empire: Music and Hatred in Progressive Era Indiana," one of the first studies of the music produced by the 1920s Ku Klux Klan. This work argued that music was fundamental to Klansmen's ability to appropriate and transform religious practises, using these to recruit new members and effect wider social/political change.

While completing his MA degree Jared developed an interest in the history of emotion. Though emotion figures into the far-right as well as music, he intends on explicitly focusing on negative emotions. This research is informed by a body of theory drawn from the disciplines of history, sociology, and psychology.


MA, Trent University, History, 2020

BA Honours, Carleton University, History & Music, 2016

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