Born and raised in South Boston, Jacob attended Princeton, where he developed long-abiding interests in Franco-Russian literary exchange, and concentrated in Comparative Literature, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in June 2013. After Princeton, Jacob completed an M.Phil in Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Oxford as a recipient of the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities. Jacob’s MPhil dissertation examined the representation of criminality in Emile Zola’s and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novels, attending to how these authors both polemicized with and incorporated elements of criminological thought into their fictional work. Jacob is now a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Harvard, where he studies the nineteenth-century novel in its European context, paying particular attention to its French, Russian, and British strands.
Jacob has been tutoring in foreign languages for the past ten years and has worked with students from a variety of backgrounds and ages. His core strengths are primarily in French, Russian, and Latin, though he also has had informal experience assisting students and colleagues with expository writing.
Outside of his studies, Jacob enjoys going for long walks around Boston or concerts at various venues in and around Cambridge. His guiltiest pleasure is following the weather on NOAA, since one of his childhood dreams was to become a meteorologist.