Hiram College
Jeffery C. Wanser, M.L.S. Photo

Jeffery C. Wanser, M.L.S.

Adjunct Instructor, Coordinator of Collection Development, Library, Coordinator of Government Documents

As an anthropologist residing in the Dept. of Sociology, my approach to teaching is related the nature and needs of the students who take my courses, the influences of my own professors, and my personality. In some sense, I represent anthropology to students who are not likely to go on in the field, but who have an interest or a need for anthropological concepts or methods in their own chosen fields. I stress engagement of the students with the literature of anthropology, but also in actually doing anthropology or archaeology rather than just reading about it. I want to show how seeing through the anthropological lens allows for critical thinking, effective analysis of patterns of thought and behavior, and an understanding of the interconnectedness of all aspects of culture. In this sense, my teaching mirrors the holistic nature of the discipline, the importance of context for understanding others, and the unique perspectives offered through anthropol ogy. In the classroom I use a variety of tools, ranging from class exercises to films to discussions, and include field experience as appropriate. I am careful to emphasize the ethical aspects of anthropology and its historical context as an avenue to thoughtful understanding of both the power and responsibilities inherent in studying other people.


  • M.L.S., Library Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.A., Anthropology, SUNY-Binghamton
  • B.A., Anthropology, Adelphi University

Courses Taught

  • SOAN 20200: Cultural Anthropology
  • SOAN 27500: Introduction to Archaeology
  • MAIS 57100: Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Research Interests

  • Historical Archaeology
  • American Material & Folk Culture
  • “Benjamin Wright.” American National Biography. Oxford University Press, 1999. Vol. 24, p. 5-6. (Wright was one of the chief engineers for the Erie Canal).
  • History of Technology
  • American Popular Music

Selected Publications

  • “Collecting and Collaborating to Build Community: The Evolution of a Local Music Collection at a Small Liberal Arts College Library.” Technical Services Quarterly 31(4): 332-357, 2014.
  • “Documenting and Monitoring Scholarly Communication at a Small Liberal Arts College: A Case Study from Northeast Ohio.” College & Undergraduate Libraries 21(3-4): 295-307, July-December 2014.
  • “Erskine Hawkins.” Encyclopedia of Alabama. 2007. Online: http://eoa.auburn.edu/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1365
  • “Stone.” Encyclopedia of American Folklife. M.E. Sharpe, 2006, p. 1183-1186. (article on the traditional uses of stone).
  • “Marble and Granite Quarrying.” Encyclopedia of New England. Yale University Press, 2005. p. 856-857.
  • Social Archeology: Beyond Subsistence and Dating. Co-editor. Academic Press, 1977.
  • More than 100 book reviews in publications such as Historical Archaeology, Material Culture, and Choice.