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David Jacobson is the founding director of the Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict and Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida. He is a Fellow at the Exeter Center of Ethno-Political Studies at the University of Exeter. He is also a Visiting Researcher at Sciences Po, Paris.
Born in South Africa, he received his graduate training at the London School of Economics and Princeton University.
A political sociologist, he works in the areas of immigration and citizenship, international institutions and law, human rights, religion and conflict, and woman's status in global conflict.
His book, "Of Virgins and Martyrs: Woman's Status in Global Conflict," Johns Hopkins University Press, has just been released.
He leads a major project which examines how Islamist militancy has risen and remained engaged in Nigeria and West Africa, focusing on the ethnic, political, economic and geographic contexts. The project includes extensive field work, and the development of one of the most extensive collections of data available for analysis in the area. The research has been extensively disseminated in scholarship, international media and presentations to policy bodies. The work has extended beyond Nigeria to Mali, West and North Africa.
He also was one of the P.I's on a a five year, multi-university, three continent examination of trends in Muslim communities, in the context of the rise of militant movements and the different forms of opposition to these movements. The study drew on surveys, ethnography and web scraping and studies.
He has directed surveys across three continents, and research teams in Europe, United States and West Africa. He developed, with Natalie Deckard, the "Tribalism Index," for gauging levels of tribalism and the outcomes for civil violence, voting, civic resilience and other political and sociological outcomes.
Professor Jacobson is the author of, among other works, Rights Across Borders: Immigration and the Decline of Citizenship, a core text on the debate on postnationalism and citizenship. He also authored Place and Belonging in America.
He presented the Haar Lecture in International Sociology at Princeton University. He has had visiting appointments at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute, Sciences Po and the Leonard Davis Institute of International Relations.
At invitation, he has also made presentations at, inter alia, CERI-Sciences Po (Paris), European University Institute, the National Assembly in France (IPSE), UC Santa Barbara, Yale University, University of Chicago, University of Geneva, Columbia University, University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Stony Brook, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, UCLA, New School of Social Research, University of Florida, Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Stockholm University, NYU, UC San Diego, University of Bath, University of Heidelberg, University of Neuchatel, NMSU, University of Munich, UC Irvine, CEVIPOF, Whitlam Institute-Sydney, Franklin College in Lugano-Switzerland, and others.
His work has appeared in Salon, New York Times, France 2 Television, the Nation, La Croix, PBS Newshour, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Tages Anzeiger, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and a variety of other media outlets.
He also co-founded the Global Resolve Initiative, which helps villagers in developing countries develop alternative energy technologies, with a pilot project in Ghana. Global Resolve received the 2009 Creasman Award for Excellence.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1991
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