Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Research interests: Islamism, Salafism, and post Arab Spring politics, with a particular focus on Egypt
Jacob graduated magna cum laude from Saint Louis University in 2016 with a BA in History and a minor in Middle Eastern studies. At Saint Louis University, his passion for the region began with an introductory course, a passion that soon took over his history studies and extended to the study of Arabic as well. Throughout his undergraduate career, Jacob completed research projects on the ideological foundations of Daesh, the sectarian nature of the Syrian civil war, and U.S. – Saudi relations post-9/11. While at Saint Louis University, Jacob also served as Vice President of Public Relations for the SLU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national honors history society. After graduating, he continued his study of Arabic abroad, at the Ahlan language school in Cairo, Egypt, where he lived for two months. After Georgetown, Jacob hopes to work for the U.S. State Department or for an organization providing aid to refugees in the Middle East.