Jason studies American art of the 19th and early 20th centuries and he is a student of Alex Nemerov. His research interests include the art of Asian Americans and African Americans from the antebellum period to the postwar period. His current research project examines the wire sculpture of the artist Ruth Asawa whose personal papers reside in the Stanford University Library.
Before coming to Stanford, Jason was a founder/director of the contemporary art gallery Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden & Pocket Utopia in New York City. He has two daughters, Gladys and Archer.