M. Jacobs, Ph.D.,
is Associate Professor of History at Temple University specializing
in twentieth century American history and culture.
Dr. Jacobs began researching the controversy over unidentified
flying objects in America in the mid 1960's, and has amassed
over 38 years of primary research data and analytical hypotheses
on the subject.
1973, Dr. Jacobs completed his
doctoral dissertation in field of Intellectual History
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on the controversy
over unidentified flying objects in America. This was
only the second Ph.D. degree granted involving a UFO-related
theme. A revised version of his dissertation
was published by Indiana University Press as The
UFO Controversy in America (1975). It remains
the first sympathetic book on the subject of the existence
UFOs to be published by an academic press. For over twenty-five
years, Dr. Jacobs has offered
the only regular curriculum university course on UFOs:
"UFOs and American Society".
1973, Dr. Jacobs has continued to devote most of his professional
and personal energies to researching the UFO phenomenon
in general, and the abduction phenomenon in particular.
Having conducted nearly 900
hypnotic regressions with over 140 abductees, Dr. Jacobs
is one of the foremost UFO abduction researchers worldwide.
As a result of his extensive primary research, he has
developed the first scientific typology of the abduction
Jacobs has written and delivered many articles, papers,
and addresses on the subject of UFO abduction, and has
been a consultant to the major UFO organizations. In 1992,
Dr. Jacobs' second book, Secret
Life: Firsthand Accounts of UFO Abductions,
was published by Simon & Schuster. The book is the
most complete exposition of the structure and meaning
of the abduction phenomenon yet published. The
Threat was published by Simon & Schuster
in January, 1998. The book addresses important questions
about abductions, and clarifies issues that have been
the subject of much speculation for the past fifty years.
The Threat presents
the first evidence-driven hypothesis that provides a falsifiable
solution to the UFO mystery.
2000, Dr. Jacobs published the edited book, UFOs
and Abductions: Challenging the Borders of Knowledge
with ten expert authors writing about the UFO and abduction
phenomenon with the academic community as the target audience.
The book is one of the few about abductions and UFOs ever
published by an academic press.
addition, Dr. Jacobs has lectured on the subject of UFO
abduction at universities and colleges across the country.
In 1989, he delivered the first paper to a scientific
organization about the abduction phenomenon at Cornell
University. In 1992, Dr. Jacobs participated in the first
session on UFOs at the History
of Science Society, Washington D.C. In
conjunction with colleague (the late) Budd
Hopkins, Dr. Jacobs conducted the widely
Organization poll of the abduction phenomenon.
The results of that highly influential survey were published
in 1992 in the booklet, Unusual
Dr. Jacobs is a strong advocate of strict scientific and
ethical research methodology. With colleagues (the late)
Budd Hopkins and John Carpenter, he has given a series
of workshops for members of the mental health community
in the methods of abduction hypnosis, research, and therapy.
In recent years, he has concentrated on ascertaining the
proper methodological techniques for the hypnosis and
therapy of abductees. Hopkins' and Jacobs' revised Suggestions
for Hypnosis and Therapy of Abductees was
originally published in 1994. At present, Dr. Jacobs is
currently working on a book about the methodology of hypnosis