Orser, Jr., Charles E.
Basic Biographical Information
Charles E. Orser Jr., one of the leading North American proponents of a globally aware historical archaeology of the modern world, was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, in 1950. Orser initially studied history (with minors in geology and English literature) at university, graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in 1972. He then studied for an M.A. in Anthropology at Wayne State University, graduating in 1975. His Doctorate in Anthropology was awarded by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1980; his dissertation was titled An Archaeological and Historical Socioeconomic Analysis of Arikara Mortuary Practice.
Orser’s academic and professional career was initially focused on the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains of the United States. From 1979 to 1980, he was Assistant State Archaeologist in the Michigan History Division, Michigan Department of State. His first academic post was as Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and...
- Orser, C.E., Jr., ed. 1981. A guide for historical archaeology in Illinois. Chicago: Mid-American Research Center, Loyola University of Chicago.Google Scholar
- Orser, C.E., Jr. 1988. The material basis of the postbellum tenant plantation: Historical archaeology in the South Carolina Piedmont. Athens: University of Georgia Press.Google Scholar
- Orser, C.E., Jr., ed. 2006. Unearthing hidden Ireland: Historical archaeology in County Roscommon. Bray: Wordwell Press.Google Scholar
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- Orser, C.E., Jr. 2003. Race and practice in archaeological interpretation. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.Google Scholar
- Orser, C.E., Jr. 2007. The archaeology of race and racialization in historic America. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.Google Scholar
- Orser, C.E., Jr. 2014. Archaeological thinking: How to make sense of the past. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.Google Scholar
- Orser, C.E., Jr. 2019. The Janus face of removal. In The archaeology of removal in North America, ed. T. Weik, 216–225. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.Google Scholar
- Orser, C.E., Jr., ed. 1996. Images of the recent past: Readings in historical archaeology. Walnut Creek: Altamira.Google Scholar
- Orser, C.E., Jr., ed. 2001. Race and the archaeology of identity. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.Google Scholar