Jacob is a PhD student in the Faculty of History at Cambridge. His research focuses on the discourse of crisis in post-Cold War American politics, specifically the language and metaphors politicians use in connection with terrorism, immigration, natural disasters, and financial shocks. His method involves fine-tuning language models on distinct corpora of political speeches, and then querying the fine-tuned models to augment his discourse analysis.
More broadly, his research interests include the dynamic between terrorism and federal authority, the debate over national security and civil liberties since 9/11, the psychology of non-literal language, and the ethics and opportunities of leveraging AI tools for humanities research.
Jacob previously read for an MPhil in American History at Cambridge (King’s College), and a BA in History at Oxford (Keble College). He has worked for History and Policy at the Institute for Historical Research and consulted on research projects at the School of Advanced Study.