- PhD, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- SM, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- MA, Northeastern University
- BA, University of Witwatersrand
- Director of Forced Migration Program at Feinstein International Center
- Taught at Regis College (1995-present)
- Consultant for UNHCR and NGOs
- Executive Committee, Inter-University Committee on International Migration (1995-present)
- Refugees & Forced Migration Program
- Institute for Human Security
- Refugee and migration issues
- humanitarian assistance, livelihoods in complex emergencies
- field methods, Africa
- developing countries
• Jacobsen, Karen. "Migration within Africa: The View from South Africa." The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs 31, no. 1 (2007): 203-.
• "Introduction: Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Urban Areas: A Livelihoods Perspective," Journal of Refugee Studies (2006);
• Jacobsen, Karen, Anastasia Marshak, Akua Ofori-Adjei and Jane Kembabazi. "Using Microenterprise Interventions to Support the Livelihoods of Forcibly Displaced People: The Impact of a Microcredit Program in IDP Camps in Lira, Northern Uganda." Refugee Survey Quarterly 25, no. 2 (2006): 23-39.
• The Refugees in Urban Settings. Special Issue of Journal of Refugee Studies (guest editor) (2006);
• Jacobsen, Karen and Loren B. Landau. "Recommendations for Urban Refugee Policy." Forced Migration Review 23, (2005).
• Jacobsen, Karen and Loren B. Landau. "The Value of Transparency, Replicability and Representativeness." Forced Migration Review 22, (2005): 46-.
• Jacobsen, Karen. "Just Enough for the City: Urban Refugees Make Their Own Way ." World Refugee Survey 1, (2004).
• Jacobsen, Karen and Loren B. Landau. "Refugees in the New Johannesburg." Forced Migration Review 19, (2004).
• Jacobsen, Karen and Loren Landau. "The Dual Imperative in Refugee Research: Some Methodological and Ethical Considerations in Social Science Research on Forced Migration." Disasters 27, no. 3 (2003): 185-206.
• Jacobsen, Karen. "Livelihoods in Conflict: the Pursuit of Livelihoods by Refugees and the Impact on the Human Security of Host Communities." International Migration 40, no. 5 (2002): 95-.
• Jacobsen, Karen. "Can refugees benefit the state? Refugee resources and African statebuilding." Journal of Modern African Studies 40, no. 4 (2002): 577-596.
• "African States and the Politics of Refugees: Refugee Assistance as Political Resources," Journal of Modern African Studies (2002);
• Jacobsen, Karen and Jeff Crisp. "Refugee Camps Reconsidered ." Forced Migration Review 3, (1998): 27-.
• Jacobsen, Karen. "Refugees' Environmental Impact: The Effect of Patterns of Settlement ." Journal of Refugee Studies 10, no. 1 (1997): 19-.
• Jacobsen, Karen. "Factors Influencing the Policy Responses of Host Governments to Mass Refugee Influxes." International Migration Review 30, no. 3 (1996): 655-678.
• "Impact of refugees on the environment: a review of the evidence." International Migration and Security. June 1994.BOOKS
• Jacobsen, Karen. The Economic Life of Refugees. Kumarian Press, 2005.CoursesNOT CURRENTLY OFFERED