Jason was born and raised in the friendly confines of Middletown, Connecticut. In 2001 he received his B.A. in history from Carleton College, located in the decidedly more arctic confines of Northfield, Minnesota. There he wrote his senior thesis on the breakdown of parietal social rules on the Carleton campus in the late 1960s. While in Northfield, he also met his wife, a next-door neighbor in his freshman dormitory who was improbably swept off her feet by the awkward courtship skills of a budding academic. For several years after his undergraduate years, he worked as a research coordinator for the Columbia University School of Social Work's doctoral program. Now entering his fourth year at William and Mary, Jason has served as a teaching assistant for both the Western Civilization survey course and the introductory survey to U.S. history.
He also completed an editorial apprenticeship at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. His research interests include American Indian history and the commercialization of Indian folkways during the early national period, as well as the history of American higher education. Jason's master's thesis, "Rise of the 'Indian' Doctors: Charity Shaw and the Marketing of Indian Medicine," charts the development of the American industry in purportedly "Indian" patent medicines during the first decades of the nineteenth century. Jason and his wife currently reside in Williamsburg with their lively standard poodle, Daisy.