David Michael Jacobs
|David M. Jacobs|
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
David Michael Jacobs is an American Historian and recently retired Associate Professor of History at Temple University specializing in twentieth century American history and culture. Jacobs is also well known in the field of Ufology for his research and authoring of books on the subject of alleged alien abductions. His birth year is unknown.
Jacobs obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973, in the field of intellectual history. He wrote his dissertation on the controversy over unidentified flying objects in America. A revised edition of his dissertation was published as The UFO Controversy in America by Indiana University Press in 1975.
As a faculty member of the Department of History at Temple University, Jacobs specialized in history of 20th-century American popular culture. He stated that his current research interests "involve a delineation of the role of anomalous experiences in personal and cultural life." For over 25 years Jacobs has taught a course on "UFOs in American Society."
David Jacobs has written four books on the topic of UFOs and alleged alien abductions. In recent years Jacobs has argued publicly that the evidence from his research, which sometimes includes utilizing hypnotic regression with alleged alien abductees along with traditional interview techniques, shows that alien-human hybrids are engaged in a covert program of infiltration into human society with possibly the final goal of taking over Earth.  He asserts that some of his research subjects are teaching these hybrids how to blend into human society so that they cannot be differentiated from humans, and that this is occurring worldwide.
Jacobs' theories have been criticised as unsupportably dire by those who take a more positive view of the alien abduction experience such as John Edward Mack; Jacobs labels these critics as "positivists" in his writings. Details of alien abductions reported by Jacobs and so-called "positivist" researchers may not differ to any great extent; criticism of Jacobs by such peers therefore focuses on Jacobs' interpretations - e.g., where Jacobs sees "infiltration" (a negative), others may see "integration" (a positive). Where differences in reports are more substantial (extending beyond the interpretive to actual distinctions between the alleged events reported by those who Jacobs interviews versus those interviewed by others), Jacobs has explained that elements not matching his own perspective are what he terms "confabulations".
Carl Sagan and Susan Clancy have criticized the methods used by Jacobs and other abduction researchers. Sagan asserted that sightings and experiences could be attributed to mistaken identity and faulty memory. Clancy has highlighted problems associated with abduction research, such as faulty memory retrieval when hypnotists "lead" the patient, and sleep paralysis.
Jacobs has argued that Clancy's methodology was flawed, stating that in numerous cases people report they were abducted when fully awake and conscious, and that therefore sleep paralysis is not a tenable hypothesis.
Major publications 
- The UFO Controversy in America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975. ISBN 978-0-253-19006-2
- Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of UFO Abductions. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992. ISBN 0671748572
- The Threat:Revealing the Secret Alien Agenda. Simon & Schuster, 1998. ISBN 0-684-81484-6
- UFOs and Abductions: Challenging the Borders of Knowledge. Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas, 2000. ISBN 0-7006-1032-4
See also 
- "Biography: David M. Jacobs". International Center for Abduction Research. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- "LOC catalog: The UFO controversy in America / David Michael Jacobs". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- "Temple University, Department of History: David M. Jacobs". Temple University. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- "History Topics Courses". Temple University. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- "Dr. David Jacobs". Jerry Pippin Productions. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
- Michael Shermer, ed. (2002). The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience. ABC-CLIO. pp. 7–8. ISBN 1-57607-653-9.
- "Budd Hopkins and Dr. David Jacobs Presents 'Transgenic Beings' DVD". International UFO Congress. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
- "September 24, 2006 — Dr. David M. Jacobs and Dr. Nick Begich". The PARACAST. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- "Dr. David Jacobs Presents Abductees' Hidden Lives DVD Presentation". International UFO Congress. Retrieved 2009-11-13.[dead link]
- "Alien Abduction Agenda with David M. Jacobs, Ph.D.". ParaNexus Universe. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- "Abductions & Hybrids". Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- "Island Ghost Radio - Dr. David Jacobs - 09-20-09". Island Ghost Radio. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- "Dr. David M. Jacobs - Abductions & The Human Alien Hybrid Program". Red Ice Radio. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- David Cherniak, UFOs The Secret History: Addendum 1: Abductions
- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World.
- Susan Clancy (2005). Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-01879-6.
- Jacobs, David M. (2006). "Book Review: Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens". Journal of Scientific Exploration 20 (2): 303–312.
- ICAR: International Center for Abduction Research Jacobs' ICAR website
- David M. Jacobs Jacobs' faculty page at Temple University Department of History