Jacobs, Sean

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs
PhD, Politics, University of London
Assistant Professor of International Affairs, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

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Areas of Expertise:
The intersection of mass media, globalization, and liberal democracy; post-apartheid South Africa; African politics; sport and politics; U.S.-African relations
Sean Jacobs is a scholar of media and international affairs. He was born and grew up in apartheid South Africa, where he finished college before studying for a master’s in political science at Northwestern University on a Fulbright Scholarship. Dr. Jacobs has held fellowships at Harvard University, New York University, and The New School for Social Research. He has worked as a political analyst at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa in Cape Town and as a journalist. From 2005 to 2009, he was an assistant professor of Afroamerican and African studies and communication studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Jacobs has contributed articles to The Nation (New York), The Guardian (London), Mail & Guardian (South Africa), and The National (United Arab Emirates).
Courses Taught:
  • Africa and the West
  • News Media and Culture: Purveyors of International Affairs
  • Documenting International Affairs
  • Media and Discourses About Terrorism 
Recent Publications:
Dr. Jacobs is working on a book on the intersection of mass media, globalization, and liberal democracy in postapartheid South Africa. He is an editor of Thabo Mbeki’s World: The Politics and Ideology of the South African President (Zed Books, 2002) and two other books. His most recent scholarly articles have appeared in Politique Africaine (2006) and Media, Culture, and Society (2007).

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