Dean of Graduate School & Research
Dean Jacob is returning to AUN from Dickinson College US, where he was a visiting professor in international studies. At Dickinson, he helped create a new graduate program in Managing Complex Disasters and led the College’s bridge program for refugee students.
His previous academic appointments include New York University’s Center on International Cooperation and the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds where he started his academic career. He was adjunct professor in Media in War and Peace at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
An expert in strategic communications in contexts of war and peace, Jacob has provided consultation and policy advice to a range of governmental and international organizations including the World Bank, USAID, and the UN's Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions. He led an international academic team to revise the UN’s policy on public information and strategic communications in support of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of combatants. He co-drafted the revised Public Information and Strategic Communication Module of the UN’s Integrated DDR Standards.
He is a member of the Research Advisory Council of the Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism (RESOLVE) Network at the United States Institute of Peace. He co-leads RESOLVE’s ethical and methodological guide for violent extremism research.
Jacob is the author of Convincing Rebel Fighters to Disarm: UN Information Operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (De Gruyter, 2017) and other works. His recent book with Dr. Margee Ensign, Transactional Radio Instruction: Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Conflict Zones (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2020) explores lessons from a USAID-funded education-in-emergencies intervention that provided education to 22,000 children displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria.
Jacob has a strong background in research of conflict-affected areas with a regional focus on West, Central, and East Africa, particularly Nigeria, Somalia, and DR Congo. He holds a PhD in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds, and an MA in Peace Studies from Lancaster University, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.