Ph.D, English Literature, The University of Pennsylvania, 2005.
AB, English Literature and Renaissance Studies, Brown University, 1998.
Professor Jacobson specializes in early modern British literature and poetry. Her research interests include Anglo-Ottoman trade, the role of antiquity, and the history of material texts and language. Jacobson is the author of Barbarous Antiquity: Reorienting the Past in the Poetry of Early Modern England, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). The book argues that England's early mercantile trade with the Ottoman Empire changed the way poets wrote and thought about Greek and Roman antiquity in the late sixteenth century. Her second book project, Renaissance Undead: Reanimating the Past in Early Modern England explores the concept of "Renaissance" from a uniquely early modern perspective, arguing that the rebirth of the past is figured in the animation and resurrection of dead bodies in poetry, prose, images, and drama. Jacobson's essays and articles have appeared in Studies in Philology, Literature Compass, and several edited collections. She reviews essays for the Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies and for Early Modern Studies. Jacobson is currently co-editing two scholarly essay collections, one on Shakespeare and Global Appropriation with colleagues Sujata Iyengar and Christy Desmet, and another on early modern and eighteenth-century organic supplements, with Julie Park (both under review). She is also editing Shakespeare's narrative poems for the Internet Shakespeare Editions.
Since 2012 Jacobson has co-organized the Willson Center sponsored Symposium on the Book, an ongoing semiannual one-day symposium on material and immaterial textuality held at the Special Collections Libraries Building in the spring and fall. Her undergraduate and graduate courses explore everything from Renaissance Drama and Poetry to global trade, travel, racial and religious difference, temporality and antiquity, and the materials of writing and printing in early modern England.
Jacobson has held a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University and two short-term research fellowships plus an NEH seminar grant at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Her research has been supported at UGA by the Sarah H. Moss Fellowship, the Provost's Summer Research Grant, and the English Department Travel grant. She received UGA's Willson Center Fellowship for 2014-2015 to continue her research for Renaissance Undead.
Barbarous Antiquity: Re-orienting the Past in the Poetry of Early Modern England (Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)