Jacob Abolafia is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His work focuses of the history of political thought, broadly construed, from classical antiquity to the present day, as well as on the tradition of continental philosophy from Spinoza through Habermas and the critical theorists. Other interests include Jewish political thought, classical reception, and hermeneutic theory.
Jacob holds a BA in Philosophy from Yale University (2010), and completed M.Phils in Political Thought and Intellectual History (2011) and Classics/Ancient Philosophy (2012) from Cambridge, where he was a Paul Mellon Fellow at Clare College until 2013. At Harvard, Jacob has been the organizer of the European Philosophy Workshop (2015-17), as well as convener of the Graduate Conference in Political Theory and the Political Theory Colloquium.