Jacob focuses on German philosophy and literature around 1800, especially Kant, Hegel, Goethe, Kleist, and Hölderlin. He is particularly interested in the Romantic reaction to Kant’s critical prohibition on unmediated experience as it unfolds in the reception of the concept of intellectual intuition and in lyric poetry. Related theoretical interests include especially deconstruction, Marxism, and feminist and queer theory. Jacob has taught in the German language program at NYU and served as the teaching assistant for a popular graduate course on theory. He is currently a teaching assistant in NYU’s College Core Curriculum program. A forthcoming publication in MLN’s spring 2015 issue closely reads Hölderlin’s hymns “Am Quell der Donau” and “Die Wanderung” as well as the draft “An die Madonna,” arguing that in each of these texts the speaker’s address to a maternal figure, though apparently attempting a stabilizing gesture, tends to expose an incompleteness that is constitutive of the possibility of poetry. Aside from his academic work Jacob has been very active in the renewal of GSOC-UAW, NYU’s union of graduate teaching and research assistants, especially in our ongoing contract campaign.