Jason Cody Douglass earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale University, culminating with a Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies and East Asian Languages and Literatures. His doctoral thesis, Animation Before Anime, was awarded the 2023 Marston Anderson Prize for Best Dissertation in East Asian Languages and Literatures. He has privately coached college and graduate school applicants since 2014, and for more than a decade has served in a variety of educational roles including university faculty, writing instructor, summer program manager, English teacher, and college first-year counselor. As a scholar of animated media and popular culture, he has authored articles in a wide array of peer-reviewed publications and has presented his research on more than twenty occasions at international conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America. In addition to his academic degrees, Jason completed a multi-year teaching program (CCTP) at the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning, is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), served for a year as a Japan Foundation Fellow, and holds a Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 certification.