Jennifer Liu Demas received her B.A. from UCLA (2002), and her M.A. (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) from the University of California, Irvine. She joined the faculty at Central Michigan University in 2009.

Office: Powers 238
Phone: (989) 774–3479​
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Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Demas specializes in the political and social history of twentieth-century China, particularly education, youth culture, studen​t protest, and ethnic identity. Her current project, Indoctrinating the Youth, examines the Nationalist (Guomindang) government’s attempts to inculcate political loyalty through youth groups, compulsory military training, and secondary school curriculum from 1930–1960. She explores how the government helped middle schools relocate to the interior from northern and coastal China after Japan’s 1937 invasion, analyzing continuities and changes in education during the Second Sin​o-Japanese War (1937–1945), the Chinese Civil War (1945–1949), and in 1950s Taiwan. Her sources range from government archives to conducting oral interviews with refugees who fled from China to Taiwan in 1949.

Recent Publications

Defiant Retreat: The Relocation of Middle Schools to China’s Interior, 1937-1945,” Frontiers of History in China 8 (2013), 558-584.

“Anticipating Invasion: Military Training in Taiwan’s High Schools, 1953–1960,” Twentieth-Century China 37.3 (2012), 204–228.

Contributor. “China,” Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, 13th ed. (Gale Cengage, 2012).

Review of Robert Culp, Articulating Citizenship: Civic Training and Student Politics in Southeastern China, 1912–1940 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2007), in China Review International 18, No. 2 (2011).

Review of Andrew Morris, Colonial Project, National Game: A History of Baseball in Taiwan, (University of California Press, 2010), in Journal of Global History 7.2 (July 2012).​​​​

Current Courses​

Fall 2015

  • HST 168WI - Modern East Asia
  • HST 369 - Traditional China​

Spring 2016​

  • HST 168WI - Modern East Asia
  • HST 202 - World History Since 1400
  • HST 370 - Modern ​China​