Jason James, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, earned a Ph.D. (2001) and an M.A. (1994) in anthropology from the University of California, San Diego, after receiving a B.A. (1989) in philosophy and political science from Boston University. His two years of dissertation research in eastern Germany focused on the symbolic and political dimensions of conflicts over urban redevelopment and historic preservation.
Dr. James is an expert in nationalism, ethnic identity, Germany and East Germany, heritage preservation movements, tourism, and collective memory and commemoration of the past. He is currently completing work on a book “Preservation and National Belonging in Eastern Germany,” to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
In addition to a chapter in the volume Marketing Heritage: Archeology and the Consumption of the Past, he has had articles published in the journals Ethos and German Politics and Society. Most recently, “Coming to Terms through Cinema: The Lives of Others in Germany’s Cultural Landscape of Memory” was published in the Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (2010). He is a reviewer for Cultural Anthropology, Ethnos, and the Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, as well as Berghahn Publishers. He also has presented his work and served as a co-organizer or chair in many conferences.
Dr. James is fluent in German and is a member of the American Anthropological Association, the American Ethnological Society, the European Association of Social Anthropologists, the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology, the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, the Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Studies, and the German Academic Exchange Service Alumni Association.