Chinese Studies

Dr. Alisa Jones

Senior Lecturer, Department of Chinese Studies, University of Tübingen

Academic Career

  • 2016- Senior Lecturer AOI/Research Development Manager, China Centre Tübingen
  • 2012-2014 Consulting Professor, Constitution Foundation
  • 2009-2010 Research Assistant Professor, Hanyang University
  • 2008-2009 Northeast Asia Fellow, Stanford University
  • 2007 PhD East Asian Studies, University of Leeds

Research Focus
Dr. Jones’ research concerns modern and contemporary China and Taiwan, principally the domestic and international politics of history and education, and of history education and public history in particular. She is especially interested in the ways in which history and education have been harnessed to serve identity politics and the impact this has had on concepts and practices of citizenship. She has contributed to several collaborative research projects on these issues, such as Stanford University’s multi-year “Divided Memories and Reconciliation in the United States and East Asia” project. She is currently researching the ways in which changing political and economic contexts have impacted national identities and given rise to perceptions of moral degeneration, precipitating moral panics and renewed emphasis on “values” education.

Major Publications
She has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the politics of history education, history textbooks and national identity conflicts in China, Taiwan and South Korea and is co-editor of History Education and National Identity in East Asia (Routledge, 2005). She currently works at a book titled History and Citizenship Education in post-Mao China (Routledge).

Other Activities
Dr. Jones is Research Development Manager at the China Centre where she works with Prof. Niedenführ and Ms. Schick to promote intercultural competence in relation to China and the Chinese diaspora within and beyond the university: to students, staff, school pupils and teachers, businesses, NGOs and other professional communities, and the general public.