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 205
Phone: (989) 774–3479
Research and Teaching Interests
Professor Demas specializes in the political and social history of twentieth-century China, particularly education, youth culture, student 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 Sino-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.