Edwin Daniel Jacob was born in 1982 and grew up in Bordentown, New Jersey, the hometown of Thomas Paine. Jacob is a PhD (ABD) of global affairs (with a concentration in global governance) at Rutgers University, where he earned a master's degree in global affairs (with a concentration in human security) and a bachelor's degree in history and political science. He serves as the New Media Coordinator at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University, and holds a certificate in Terrorism Analysis from the well-respected National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.
An interdisciplinary background in political theory, international relations, and history informs his focus on American homeland security and foreign policy. Jacob has published in various popular and scholarly venues. His edited collection on security, Rethinking Security in the Twenty-First Century for Palgrave MacMillan (2017), is the first of its kind. Book reviews by Jacob have appeared in New Political Science, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and Critical Sociology, while book chapters he authored have been published by Open Court Publishing, Palgrave MacMillan, and Wiley Blackwell. His research on sovereignty and intervention, ideology and security, and drones and targeted killings has been presented at numerous conferences, invited talks, and guest lectures.