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Dr. Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob is a Visiting International Scholar in the International Studies program. He also oversees the Dickinson College Bridge Program. 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 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 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 'Transactional Radio Instruction: Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Conflict Zones' (Palgrave-Macmillan) with Dr. Margee Ensign.