Jacob Throwe

Class of 2019

Jacob Throwe is a Class of 2019 MIA student pursuing studies in International Politics focusing on Greater China. Born and raised in the Boston area, his interest in East Asia stems from his extensive reading of Confucian philosophy at a young age. Starting from his first year at Boston College (where he graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in History with minors in Asian Studies and Mathematics), he became involved in different student-led culture groups on campus and took part in a number of anti-racism and anti-discrimination initiatives. The summer after his first year, he taught English in rural southern Taiwan at high school summer camps. Upon his return to Boston, he began formally studying Mandarin Chinese and switched majors from Mathematics to History. He went back to Taiwan the following summer, spent a semester studying at Peking University in Beijing, and worked for the summer of 2010 at an international conference hosted at PKU. Upon his graduation, he received a scholarship to continue his language study at National Chengchi University in Taipei.

In the five years since he was last a full-time student, Jacob has held positions in the United States and in China. He spent a year in the Republican Era capital of Nanjing, working with Chinese high school students as they navigated the American college admissions process. After that, he was between Boston, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, overseeing the US-side development of an educational startup. Last, he spent about 2.5 years at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, performing a litany of roles as the department underwent profound change.