Faculty Profile

Jacob Jacob

Visiting International Scholar in International Studies (2017)

Contact Information

jacobj@dickinson.edu

239 W Louther St Room 203
717.254.8066
http://www.jacobudoudojacob.com

Bio

Dr. Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob is a Visiting International Scholar in the International Studies program. He also oversees the Dickinson College Bridge Program. Jacob visits Dickinson College from the American University of Nigeria. His teaching and research interest is located at the intersection between communications, peacebuilding, development, and change in contemporary society with particular reference to Nigeria and the broader Lake Chad region, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2016 he obtained a US Government Public Diplomacy Grant to train and work with a network of journalists and editors to provide a more nuanced coverage of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. He also led the interactive radio instruction component of a USAID-funded Technology Enhanced Learning for All (TELA) project that provided education for over 20,000 children and orphans displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria. His new Transactional Radio Instruction model was nominated by Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Education for the UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education. Jacob has consulted for the World Bank and for RESOLVE - a countering violent extremism research program housed within the United States Institute of Peace. He is a member of the RESOLVE Research Advisory Council where he co-leads the development of a methodological and ethical guide for Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) research. He is on the steering committee of the Research Group on UN Media and Peace Processes (RUNMAPP) - a project that investigates research gaps in UN Media and Communications during UN peacekeeping and stability operations, housed at the Center for the Freedom of the Media (CFOM) at the University of Sheffield, UK. His class civic engagement projects have won first place in the Africa Regional Finals of the P2P (Peer to Peer): Challenging Extremism program - a U.S. government effort led by the State Department, managed by EdVenture Partners, and supported in part by Facebook; and second place at the global finals of the Facebook Global Digital Challenge. Jacob is currently working on the forthcoming book 'Radio for Education in Areas of Limited Statehood' (Palgrave-Macmillan) with Dr. Margee Ensign.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • B.A., University of Uyo, Nigeria, 1997
  • M.A., Lancaster University, U.K., 2005
  • Ph.D., University of Leeds, U.K., 2010

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

SOCI 230 Social Mvmt/Media & Global Chg
Cross-listed with FMST 320-02 and INST 290-04.Just as the printing press and the early public spheres created the tools and the space for the rise of nationalist and religious movements in 16th century Europe, new communication technologies and social media have created both the space and the tools for the rise of social movements in contemporary society. Movements such as the Arab Spring, the Kony 2012 campaign, #BlackLivesMatter, #BringBackOurGirls among others have drawn on social media to mobilize and organize popular interventions in the public sphere. This course is a conceptual and applied exploration of the complex interactions between the ecologies of social movements and social media, within the context of an increasingly globalized public sphere. In addition to studying these interactions, students work in teams to develop authentic social movement campaigns on issues they care about. The course climaxes with students presenting their campaigns to a college audience.

INST 290 Social Mvmt/Media & Global Chg
Cross-listed with FMST 320-02 and SOCI 230-03.Just as the printing press and the early public spheres created the tools and the space for the rise of nationalist and religious movements in 16th century Europe, new communication technologies and social media have created both the space and the tools for the rise of social movements in contemporary society. Movements such as the Arab Spring, the Kony 2012 campaign, #BlackLivesMatter, #BringBackOurGirls among others have drawn on social media to mobilize and organize popular interventions in the public sphere. This course is a conceptual and applied exploration of the complex interactions between the ecologies of social movements and social media, within the context of an increasingly globalized public sphere. In addition to studying these interactions, students work in teams to develop authentic social movement campaigns on issues they care about. The course climaxes with students presenting their campaigns to a college audience.

FMST 320 Social Mvmt/Media & Global Chg
Cross-listed with INST 290-04 and SOCI 230-03.Just as the printing press and the early public spheres created the tools and the space for the rise of nationalist and religious movements in 16th century Europe, new communication technologies and social media have created both the space and the tools for the rise of social movements in contemporary society. Movements such as the Arab Spring, the Kony 2012 campaign, #BlackLivesMatter, #BringBackOurGirls among others have drawn on social media to mobilize and organize popular interventions in the public sphere. This course is a conceptual and applied exploration of the complex interactions between the ecologies of social movements and social media, within the context of an increasingly globalized public sphere. In addition to studying these interactions, students work in teams to develop authentic social movement campaigns on issues they care about. The course climaxes with students presenting their campaigns to a college audience.

Spring 2019

GRDS 801 The Media in War and Peace
This course explores the role of the media in international crises and peacebuilding, and the techniques adopted by state and non-state actors as well as international organizations to influence media performance before, during and after violent conflicts. It begins by examining the theoretical role of the media in peacebuilding and in international crises. Then, through a case study approach, it measures media performance in practice in the major conflicts of the cold war and in the post 9/11 era. The course also explores the role of the media in international peace support operations ranging from the military humanitarian interventions in the Balkans in the 1990s to recent UN Peacekeeping Operations in the DRC, Somalia and Sudan.