Jacob is a Ph.D. candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Waterloo. Jacob is currently the Global Affairs Canada 2023-2024 Margaret Meagher Fellow. As the Margaret Meagher fellow, Jacob works to deepen the Government of Canada’s understanding of China. Jacob holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, and an (Honours) B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Jacob’s dissertation employs quantitative methods to model and analyze the dynamic international security architecture of the Indo-Pacific. Ultimately, Jacob’s political science intends to inform policymakers as they navigate an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific region (to that effect, Jacob’s work has been cited by the United States Congressional Research Service).
Jacob’s scholarly work on Canada’s Indo-Pacific policy has appeared in International Journal. He was the winner of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust Essay Competition for his essay published in Canadian Naval Review. Jacob’s political commentary on the South China Sea as well as AUKUS has appeared in The Diplomat. He has contributed articles to Canadian newspapers, writing on various issues of international relations. Jacob has presented at several conferences, such as the Annual Doctoral Conference at the Central European University in Vienna and at the ISA International Security Studies Section Conference at the University of Florida. Jacob was a researcher for the Global Arena Research Institute based in the Czech Republic. He is the recipient of an excellence award for his work as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Political Science.
Jacob is working proficient in French. He enjoys travelling internationally.