Jacob is a DPhil student in the English Faculty supervised by Professor Seamus Perry. His area of research is poetry and political thought within the long 18th Century, especially between 1790 and 1830. His thesis examines the verse of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, with a focus on how Coleridge drew on the work of other poets, specifically Mark Akenside, William Lisle Bowles, William Cowper, John Thelwall, and William Wordsworth, to craft his political poetics. The thesis tracks how Coleridge's poetic style shifted alongside his politics during the years when he wrote his most enduring verse.
His work has appeared in the Coleridge Bulletin, and he has contributed to the National Trust website (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/who-was-samuel-taylor-coleridge). His new research project considers political ideas in the poetry of the Romantic period more broadly.