Jason has held professional positions at The University of Queensland (Brisbane), Curtin University of Technology (Perth), Murdoch University (Perth), The University of Western Australia (Perth), The Australian National University (Canberra) and Western Sydney University (Sydney). He has also held academic positions including Visiting Fellow of Huygens ING (Den Haag, 2015-2016), Visiting Professor in Digital Humanities at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria (Canada 2017-2018), and Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies, Radboud University (2016). Most recently, he was Research and Technical Development Manager, Digital Humanities, at Western Sydney University; Data Analyst in Research & Development at Murdoch University; and Technical Officer for the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at The Australian National University. In Perth Jason administered Murdoch University’s ERA (Excellence in Research Australia) complete ERA2 data submission. In Canberra he led the technical design and development of one of the largest digital history and knowledge management projects in the field of Australian Indigenous History. A regular speaker in Australia, internationally Jason has presented research in Whistler (Canada), Rotterdam and Den Haag (The Netherlands), Montreal (Canada), Nancy and Paris (France), Wellington (New Zealand), Antwerp (Belgium), Stanford (United States), and Leiden (The Netherlands, where in 2016 he chaired a distinguished international NIAS-Lorentz workshop on mutual cultural heritage).
From 2012-2018, Jason was Director of Electronic Resources for the international Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) and a Founding Editorial Board member for The Anthem Studies in Book History, Publishing and Print Culture (United Kingdom) and DHCommons (United States). He was a Chief Investigator (CI-2) with Professor Simon Burrows (CI-1) on the ‘Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment’ Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (AUD $460K, 2016-2017) and Chief Investigator (CI-1) on the ‘Angus & Robertson Collection for Humanities and Education Research (Archiver)’ Australian National Data Service (ANDS) High-Value Collection Project (AUD $160K, 2016-2018). Jason occasionally contributes to The Conversation on matters related to research impact and digital scholarship. He was Conference Director for Global Digital Humanities 2015 and Co-Convenor and Chair of the SHARP 2018 conference in Sydney.
Jason has a PhD in Communication and Cultural Studies (“Places of Publication and the Australian Book Trade: A Study of Angus & Robertson’s London Office, 1938-1970”) from Murdoch University (Humanities Research Institute, 2011). His PhD was completed as part of an ARC Discovery Project that merged a technologically innovative analysis of publishing data with an interpretative history of over 18,000 archival documents. Jason has a Master of Arts by research in Australian Studies (“Towards Critical Cultural Foresight: Australian Futures Studies”) from The University of Queensland (School of English, Media Studies and Art History), a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Communication and Cultural Studies (The University of Queensland, Department of English), a Postgraduate Diploma in Australian Studies by dissertation (The University of Queensland, Australian Studies Centre) and a Certificate in Engaging Learners in Online Discussion (Open Universities Australia).