Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences,
Professor of Sociology
Dr. Jasper is a cultural sociologists who focuses on religious and political identity in western India. His work investigates how the past is remembered and celebrated as a means to articulate meaningful identities in the present.
Office location: Hamilton Hall # 204
Office phone: 610-625-7882
Ph.D., Sociology, New School for Social Research
M.A., Sociology (with Highest Honors), New School for Social Research
B.A., Sociology (cum laude), Macalester College
co-editor with Dušan Deák, Rethinking Western India: The Changing Contexts of Culture, Society and Religion. Orient BlackSwan. ISBN: 978-81-250-5582-2
Articles & Chapters
“Blurred Lines: Historical Knowledge and the Politics of Statues” in Bina Sengar and Laurie McMillen (Eds) Spaces and Places in Western India: Formations and Delineations. Routledge, 2019.
“Maratha Rule (1674-1818).” In Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism. Ed. Tracy Coleman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
with Kelly Denton-Borhaug, “Memoir as Contemplative Practice for Peace and Justice”. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy (2014) 5:2.
with Dušan Deák, “Introduction: The Semantics and Mechanics of Region—Maharashtra and its Contexts” in Rethinking Western India: The Changing Contexts of Culture, Society and Religion. Orient BlackSwan, 2014.
“Of Relics and Living Traditions: Creating Heritage in Maharashtra” in Deák and Jasper (Eds.) Rethinking Western India: The Changing Contexts of Culture, Society and Religion. Orient BlackSwan, 2014.
“Celebrating a Region Through Historical Commemoration” Anne Feldhaus and Rajendra Vora (Eds.) Region, Culture and Politics in India. Delhi: Manohar, 2006.
“Commemorating the ‘Golden Age’ of Shivaji in Maharashtra, India and the Development of Maharashtrian Public Politcs” Journal of Political and Military Sociology, special issue on the Politics of Commemoration, 31:2 (Winter 2003) 215-230.