Jacob attained his BA from Israel’s Hebrew University, where he double-majored in Asian Studies (with a China concentration) and International Relations. Following this, he received the Taiwanese government’s Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, which enabled him to study Chinese and Taiwanese at Tainan’s National Cheng Kung University – becoming a staunch advocate for “stinky tofu” along the way. Prior to beginning his MA, Jacob worked in public relations for two years, helping connect startups to the international media. Jacob’s research interests are centered on the social conditions of China’s urban centers from the seventh through the thirteenth centuries CE, especially in cities located along the silk road. When not studying, Jacob enjoys reading surrealist novels as well as cooking with (and for) his wife.