Jed Shugerman

Jed Shugerman is a nationally influential scholar of legal and political history, with long-established associations with Harvard and Yale Universities. Among the topics of his expertise are the rise of judicial elections, the history of presidential power, and the rise of prosecutor politicians. He has written several bestselling legal history books.

Jed Shugerman on Gen Jones:
Jed has brought his well-known robust sense of humor to many topics, including Generation Jones, like when he tweeted to his over 50,000 Twitter followers in September 2020: “This age group (50-65) is sometimes called Generation Jones, unclear why until now…Generation Rev. Jim Jones.   Drinking KoolAid and Lysol.”

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Barbara “Bobbie” Spellman

Barbara (“Bobbie”) Spellman is a  widely-respected professor of law at the University of Virginia. With her PhD in psychology in addition to her law degree, she teaches evidence and various courses on the intersection of psychology and law. A prolific writer and researcher, she has over 7500 citations. Her expertise is so respected by her peers that she was chosen to edit a special issue of the prestigious Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (2010) on emerging trends in psychology and law research. Her work is extensively covered by prominent publications, including The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

Barbara (“Bobbie”) Spellman on Gen Jones:
Born in 1956, Bobbie proudly self-idenities as a Gen Joneser, and has written and spoken publicly about Gen Jones several times, like here in November 2020 when she wrote: “Kamala and Barack are “generation Jones” — not true boomers.  We’re different.  Check it out”

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David Yamada

David Yamada is a nationally-prominent Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School, where he is a globally recognized authority on workplace bullying and psychological abuse. He has written numerous books, book chapters and articles. Professor Yamada is a frequent featured speaker at conferences in fields such as employment law and policy, organizational psychology, and labor relations. He is often interviewed by national media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomberg, Associated Press, National Public Radio, and MSNBC.

David Yamada on Gen Jones:
Because of his strong personal identification with Generation Jones, David (born in 1959) created a popular blog called Musings of a GenJoneser, to share personal nostalgia, assorted trivia, and pop culture observations, as well as blending in more serious reflections on lifespan issues and adult learning, especially on matters relevant to GenJonesers. David’s Gen Jones blog has led to his sometimes being interviewed by the media about Gen Jones, like here in September 2022: “Yamada started writing a professional blog in 2008, but several years later he wanted to also write a personal one. “When I thought about how to package it, the Generation Jones theme appealed to my sense of time and history and penchant for nostalgia,” he explained.“When folks in this age cohort hear about the Generation Jones label, it often resonates with them,”… Some of Yamada’s blog posts have a lot of fun with the pop culture of Generation Jones, such as “75 Reasons You May Be a Gen Joneser”, which covers everything from TV shows like “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Flintstones” to movies like “Jaws” and “Animal House” to technology like rotary dial phones and electric typewriters.” “I used to lament missing out on the heart of the Sixties―the activism, the music, the whole drama and tumult of that time,” said Yamada. “Today, however, I’m much more accepting of, even grateful for, the paths that have been made available to me. Furthermore, as a creature of nostalgia, I’m aware of how the world can look better through the rear-view window,” he continued. “In contrast to classic Boomers, for example, my high school class didn’t have to face the possibility of being drafted and sent off to fight in Vietnam.” But Gen Jonesers faced some economic challenges, Yamada reiterated, that the earlier Boomers did not, at least to the same degree. “As a group, many of us came along a little too late to access affordable housing markets in popular cities, employer-provided pensions, a friendly blue-collar job market in manufacturing and industry, and dirt-cheap university tuition,” he noted.  “In that sense, we faced the beginning of challenging economic shifts that succeeding generations are confronting in even harsher terms.” There was a political shift that also colored the perspective of many Jonesers as well, Yamada believes. “The somewhat decade book-ending events of Watergate and the Reagan election helped to shape my political outlooks,” he noted. “Internationally, we were approaching the last decade of the Cold War and the emergence of the Middle East as a global hotspot.”

In another media interview about Gen Jones in February 2023, David expressed his concern about Gen Jonesers “barreling toward” retirement. David said many Jonesers “face a coming retirement-savings crisis. I’m very concerned what later life will look like for them.”

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