Associate Research Scholar
The emergence of modern childhood in early 20th century Japan
Mark Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Central Connecticut State University where he has been teaching classes since 2002 and is a member of the American Historical Association and the Association of Asian Studies. Prior to his current position, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University's Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies during 2001-02. He has completed publications including "Social and Economic Change in Prewar Japan," with Steven Ericson in A Companion to Japanese History, ed. William Tsutsui, in 2006 and "The Samurai in Japan and the World, c. 1900," wihich was published in June 2005 as part of Columbia University's Expanding East Asian Studies (EXEAS) Initiative. He currently has a manuscript in process titled "Children as Treasures: Childhood and the Middle Class in Early 20th Century Japan." The publication will explore the relationship between the creation of modern childhood and the formation of a middle class in early twentieth century Japan.
Jones has presented numerous papers from 1998-2007 including "The Self-Made Woman: Gender and Class in Early 20 th Century Japan" at the National Conference of the Association of Asian Studies in March 2007. He has also received several awards and fellowships including Five Year Fellowship from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University from 1992-1997. Jones is a graduate of Columbia University's East Asian Languages and Cultures program receiving his M.A. in 1995 and Ph.D. in 2001. He completed his undergraduate course of study in 1991 with a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College.