Jacobs received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Media from the University of Maryland at College Park. Her dissertation about 1960s/1970s performance art pioneered a unique blend of theoretical essays and video documentaries. She has continued to work as a scholar and media artist who employs different media to examine people’s experiences with the body, art, media and sexuality. She has lectured and published widely about pornography, censorship and media activism in Hong Kong, China and global media environments.
She is also the author of several academic books about internet culture, art and sexuality. Her first book Libi_doc: Journeys in the Performance of Sex Art (Ljubljana: Maska, 2005) is a travelogue and performative narration that details encounters with artists. Her second book Netporn: DIY Web Culture and Sexual Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007) received critical claim amongst media scholars as a pioneering study of emerging web cultures that challenge government regulations and the aims of corporate expansionism. Her books People’s Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet (Intellect Books, 2011) and The Afterglow of Women’s Pornography in Post-Digital China (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) investigate Hong Kong’s and mainland China’s immersion in new trends in sexual entertainment and porn activism. Her work can be found on www.libidot.org/blog