Charles E. Orser, Jr.

Charles OrserResearch Professor, Vanderbilt University (Anthropology)
Adjunct Research Professor, Western University (Anthropology)
Senior Historical Archaeologist, TMHC

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Charles E. Orser, Jr., is an anthropological historical archaeologist who investigates the modern world as it was created after about 1492. He received his PhD in 1980 and has conducted excavations in the United States (Midwest and South), Europe (Ireland and England), and South America (Brazil). He is the author of over 90 professional articles and several books, including Historical Archaeology (now in 3rd edition), A Historical Archaeology of the Modern World, The Archaeology of Race and Racialization in Historic America, Race and Practice in Archaeological Interpretation, Unearthing Hidden Ireland: Historical Archaeology at Ballykilcline, County Roscommon, A Primer on Modern-World Archaeology, Archaeological Thinking, and An Archaeology of the English Atlantic World, 1600-1700. He is the founder and editor of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology. His research interests include post-Columbian historical archaeology; practice, network, and socio-spatial theory; slavery and maroonage; globalization and consumerism; social inequality, discrimination, and poverty. His regional interest is eastern North America. He received the J. C. Harrington Medal from the Society for Historical Archaeology in 2019.