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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 studying how a set of emotional norms supported or challenged the cultural and political success of Reconstruction in the South. While he has an eye to negative emotions (including hatred), he is keeping a wide scope.

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 and Trent University. He was schedule to present a sound studies paper at McGill University, but this event was cancelled due to Covid-19. At present he is working on a genealogy of masculinity in the Lieber Code, preparing a microhistory research project on the murder of four Northern soldiers in Reconstruction South Carolina, and; reviewing a book for The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers.

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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