Jacob is currently working on two projects. The first models informal political organization in South Korea and studies the co-evolution of these political networks alongside domestic debates on North Korea policy. The second models interactions between government agencies in North Korea and links the co-evolution of these organizational networks to ideological shifts in the political statements released by these organizations over time.
Advancing the agenda of relational sociology, these projects aspire to introduce novel methods for studying the mutual constitution of social networks and meaning structures over time. In the field of Korea Studies, they aim to shed light on the dynamic structuration of North and South Korean political networks and ideology.