David  Jacobson

David Jacobson

David Jacobson


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David Jacobson is Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida, and 2017-2018 Fulbright Research Fellow, and Visiting Fellow, at PRIO (Peace Research Institute of Oslo).

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, refugees and citizenship; Big Data platforms for research; human rights; religion and conflict; borders and global seams; and woman's status in global conflict.

His most recent book (monograph) is, "Of Virgins and Martyrs: Woman's Status in Global Conflict," Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.

He is presently working towards, with collaborators at Georgia Tech, the development of Big Data research platform for social science research, with an application on determining the bases of civil and social conflict. The second major project, with Manlio Cinalli at Sciences Po, concerns citizenship, postnational citizenship and "global seams." That project concerns, inter alia, a theoretical and empirical examination of global seams, such the Mediterranean, as the "staging" for social, civic and socio-economic transformation. This involves issues of citizenship, migration, labor economics, transborder crime and related topics.

He led 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 featured in Salon.com, New York Times, France 2 Television, the Nation, La Croix, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Tages Anzeiger, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Foreign Policy, Sonntags Zeitung, Haaretz, the German feminist magazine EMMA, 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 djacobson@usf.edu


Ph.D., Princeton University, 1991