Brown Social Science Center, 205
DegreesUniversity of Rochester, Ph.D.
Colby College, B.A.
ExpertiseSocial anthropology. Urban social organization. Psychosocial transitions. Families and households. Computer-mediated communication. United States. Africa.
ProfileCurrent research focuses on the ways in which people behave when communicating and interacting online (in cyberspace) and on the cultural contexts of household economics, examining the ways in which householders manage financial and other resources. Webpage
|ANTH||138a||Social Relations in Cyberspace|
|ANTH||157a||Families and Households|
|ANTH||202b||Designing Anthropological Research|
Awards and Honors
National Endowment for Humanities Research Grant (1989 - 1992)
National Institute of Mental Health Grant (1971 - 1972)
Jacobson, David. ""Two Levels of Personal": The Cultural Context of Intimacy in Instant Messaging.." Remote Relationships in a Small World. 1st ed. Ed. Samantha Holland. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2008. 219-240.
Jacobson, David. "Interpreting Instant Messaging: Context and Meaning in Computer-Mediated Communication.." Journal of Anthropological Research 63. 3 (2008): 359-381.
Jacobson,David. "Stepfamilies in Cultural Context: Problems in Middle-Class U.S. Stepfamilies." Entofoor (2003): 31-42.
Jacobson,David. "On Theorizing Presence." Journal of Virtual Environments 6. 1 (2002).
Jacobson,David, with Joan Liem and Robert Weiss. "Parenting from Separate Households: A Cultural Perspective." New Directions in Kinship Studies. Ed. Linda Stone. Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2001. 229-244.
Jacobson,David. "Presence Revisited: Imagination, Competence, and Activity in Text-Based Virtual Worlds." CyberPsychology & Behavior 4. 6 (2001): 653-673.
Jacobson,David. "Doing Research in Cyberspace." Field Methods 11. 2 (1999): 127-145.
Jacobson,David. "Impression Formation in Cyberspace: Online Expectations and Offline Experiences in Text-Based Virtual Communities." Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol5/issue1/jacobson.html 5. 1 (1999).
Jacobson,David, with Charles Ziegler. "Insider and Outsider Perspectives in the Anthropology of Science." Perspectives on Science 6. 4 (1998): 361-380.
Jacobson,David with Charles Ziegler. "Popular Delusions and Scientific Beliefs: Conflicting Belief Systems of Scientists and Administrators." The Creation of a Covert Technological Surveillance System, in Naked Science. Ed. Laura Nader. New York: Routledge, 1996. 228-238.
Jacobson,David. "Contexts and Cues in Cyberspace: The Pragmatics of Naming in Text-Based Virtual Realities." Journal of Anthropological Research 52. 4 (1996): 461-479.
Jacobson,David, with Charles Ziegler. Spying Without Spies: Origins of America's Secret Nuclear Surveillance System. Praeger, 1995.
Jacobson,David. "Incomplete Institution or Culture Shock: Institutional and Processual Models of Stepfamily Instability." Journal of Divorce and Remarriage 24. 1/2 (1995): 3-18.
Jacobson,David. "Whats Fair? Concepts of Financial Management in Stepfamily Households." Journal of Divorce and Remarriage 3. 4 (1993): 221-238.
Jacobson,David. Reading Ethnography. State University of New York Press, 1991.
Jacobson,David. "Stress and Support in Stepfamily Formation." Social Support: An International View. Ed. B.R. Sarason, I.G. Sarason, and G.R. Pierce. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1990. 199-218.