Mark Jones received his B.A. in history with high honors,magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1991. He subsequently received his M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2001) in Japanese history at Columbia University. Dr. Jones joined the faculty at CCSU in 2002. Prior to his arrival at CCSU, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.
His teaching interests include pre-modern and modern Japanese history, as well as modern world history. He is now working on a book-length manuscript tentatively titled “Feeling Modern: Love, Marriage, and the Middle Class in Early Twentieth Century Japan.” His first book, entitled Children as Treasures: Childhood and the Middle Class in Early Twentieth Century Japan, was published in 2010 by Harvard University’s Asia Center.
Dr. Jones has lectured widely on modern Japanese history at places like University of California, Santa Barbara, Harvard University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Delaware; he has also regularly presented his research at the national meeting of the Association of Asian Studies. He has been actively involved in outreach to pre-college educators, whether through participating in the Expanding East Asian Studies initiative sponsored by the Freeman Foundation, speaking to high school teachers at a yearly seminar sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, or delivering the keynote address on how to teach world history at the 2009 National Council on Social Studies meeting.