Jacob Link

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MA Student

Jacob Link is a current M.A. student in Yale University’s European & Russian Studies program. Born and raised in Texas, Jacob received his B.A. from Harvard University in 2019, concentrating in history with a secondary concentration in Russian studies. During his time as an undergraduate, he studied abroad at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and served as a policy stagiaire for the ALDE political group in the European Parliament.


After graduation, Jacob joined Biden for President as a field organizer, working primaries and caucuses across half a dozen states before becoming a regional organizing director for the Texas Democratic Party. Most recently, he served as a director at Laurel Strategies, a strategic communications firm based in Washington, D.C., where he supported external communications, media relations, and project management efforts for clients across a number of private and civil society sectors.


At Yale, Jacob is interested in studying the formation and ideological manifestations of group identity in Eurasia and the Caucasus. He is especially interested in exploring how changing and overlapping identities among ethnic and linguistic minorities influence political outcomes across the region.


1st Year, European & Russian Studies
Fields of Interest: 
Fields of Interest: Geographic Focus: Russia, Eastern Europe, Caucasus Thematic Focus: identity formation, voting behavior, ideological change, interstate relations