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Jason Boan is a first-year Public History Ph.D. student at North Carolina State. He has undergraduate and Masters degrees from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Anthropology and History. His research has focused on the forced uprooting of Japanese and German heritage individuals throughout the Western Hemisphere in the 1940’s and for its inclusion in forced migration studies. Working with digital history/humanities tools like GIS and 360 degree videos, he seeks to create interactive and publicly accessible representations of history that focus on lived experiences and human movement.
Jason has curated an exhibit on the Internment system and the Nazi P.O.W.’s housed in the U.S. during WWII at the National Museum of the Pacific War. He has also help to organize a reunion of former internees from the U.S. and Latin America on the 75th anniversary of their deportation from the U.S. as part of a prisoner exchange program with Germany. Jason has taught several undergraduate courses in the UTSA Honors College on the environment, memory and storytelling, representation, and museums and their use of technology to enhance the visitor experience.
Digital History/Humanities, Cultural History, Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Public History, Museums, Environmental History, Popular Public Views of Human/Nature Interactions, Representation, GIS.
Jason is currently working to create a 360 degree video tour of the Crystal City Internment Camp. The tour places the viewer in the camp today and will incorporate historic photos and GIS maps. It will be narrated by a former internee who was born in the camp after her family was removed from Costa Rica.
BA Anthropology, minors in museum studies and history, University of Texas at San Antonio (2018)
MA History, University of Texas at San Antonio, (2020)