Jacob Kopas is a doctoral candidate in comparative Politics and international relations. His research focuses on the intersection of law and politics, with special attention to the impact of fundamental and human rights on the political behavior of individuals and the mobilization of social movements.
His current research projects examine the effect of formal property rights on political participation, the determinants of social protest against resource extraction, and the role of international human rights law in indigenous peoples' movements. Jacob's regional focus is in Latin America where he has researched, worked, and lived for over 8 years.
Jacob is also a lawyer (J.D., Harvard Law School), and has worked on international litigation related to human rights, indigenous peoples' rights, and environmental protection.