Karen Jacobsen
Research Associate Professor

  • Associate Professor of Research, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University

Karen Jacobsen is Associate Professor of Research at The Fletcher School and the Acting Director of the Feinstein International Center (Friedman School of Nutrition) where she also directs the Refugees and Forced Migration Program. She has taught and conducted research in the field of forced migration for twenty years, and consults and writes widely on this topic. She is particularly interested in the livelihoods of refugees and other displaced people and the ways in which they regain their dignity and financial independence, and her book addresses this issue. From 2013-14 she headed the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) in Geneva, on leave of absence from Tufts. From 2000-2005, she directed the Alchemy Project, which explored the use of micro finance as a way to support people in refugee camps and other displacement settings. Her current research focuses on urban displacement and information gathering in conflict-affected settings.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.A., University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg

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