Jacob works on social movements, political and communicative cultures and social media. He convenes MA Political Communications and the module Political Economy of the Media, and also teaches on Promotional Culture. He has previously taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Middlesex University and in the UK further education sector, and worked as Campaigns Officer for the housing campaign organisation Generation Rent.
Jacob’s PhD research, undertaken in MCCS at Goldsmiths, explored forms of radical oppositional collectivity in the context of neoliberalism, post-Fordism, global cities and the ubiquity of social media. The study built on his Masters’ research on the politics of the Occupy movement in the UK.
Alongside his academic work, Jacob has extensive experience of campaigns and activism, including in housing campaigns, trade unions and political education. He jointly runs the youth political education project Demand the Impossible.
- PhD Media and Communications, Goldsmiths 2018
- MA Media and Communications, Goldsmiths 2013
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Social Sciences with Humanities), London Institute of Education 2006
- BA Politics, University of York 2004
Teaching and Supervision
- MA Political Communications
- The Structure of Contemporary Political Communications
- Political Economy of the Media
- Promotional Culture
Jacob’s PhD was a “militant ethnography” of a grassroots activist group, and looked at how political collectivity can develop in the context of the fragmented neoliberal city. His Masters research considered the meanings and context of the Occupy movement’s slogan “We are the 99%”. He is currently working on freelance artists’ approach to political activity and culture, and on the dynamics of digital vegan activism.
His areas of research interest include: social movements, political and communicative cultures, social media, affect theory, Marxist and post-Marxist political theory, cities, financialization and rent, neoliberalism and post-Fordism.