As the International Coordinator at the Wooster Campus, Jason seeks to improve opportunities for the approximately 140 internationals from the 40 countries represented there and to get more Americans to consider studying/researching abroad. He has taken part in study or work abroad programs in Germany, France, Togo, Czechoslovakia, Namibia and Costa Rica.
Jason is also affiliated to OSU’s Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. His research concerns identity, especially in relation to minorities within Germany and ethnic-German minorities worldwide, and the media and pop culture of East Germany. He lived in Windhoek, Namibia 1995-97, conducting Fulbright-funded dissertation research on the (re-)integration of Namibian children who had grown up in East Germany. He has taught German at The George Washington University, Montgomery College and Whitman College on the way to becoming Associate Professor of German at South Dakota State University and subsequently at OSU and The College of Wooster.
His hobbies revolve around the use of—and advocacy for—bicycling and transit.