Jacob Thompson graduated in 2014 from Weber State University with a B.S. in political science. Jacob is entering the MPP Program in the fall semester 2016. Jacob’s policy interests include international development policy including the influence of traditional gender rolls and economic inequality on growth. Within the broader scope of international public policy Jacob’s focus is specifically on the East African region, namely Kenya and Tanzania. In addition to the MPP Program Jacob is studying Swahili and African area studies as a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship recipient. He is also serving as a research assistant for the Political Science and Economics Departments. Prior to entering the MPP program Jacob worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as an independent research consultant contributing to projects ranging from Central and South East Asian nations to East and West Africa. Jacob is originally from Centerville, Utah. In his spare time Jacob enjoys getting outdoors specifically fishing, traveling to new places, meeting new people and being exposed to new ideas.
Jacob will complete the MPP Program in May 2018 after which he hopes to begin work for a government or non-governmental organization focused on analyzing and overcoming developmental hurdles facing East Africa.