Therese Marie Jones

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Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in astrophysics, University of California - Berkeley; B.S. in astronomy and astrophysics, The Pennsylvania State University; B.S. in physics, The Pennsylvania State University; B.S. in international studies, The Pennsylvania State University; B.A. in German, The Pennsylvania State University


Therese Jones is an assistant policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her dissertation focuses on the regulation of commercial human spaceflight, and how the organizational culture of the FAA, and UN Office of Outer Space Affairs and International Civil Aviation Organization will impact their ability to regulate.

Her other work includes a study of GPS vulnerabilities (both space and ground systems), an analysis of the interactions between commercial space companies and the U.S. government, and a robust decision making model of land conservation strategies for protecting endangered California animal/plant species based on climate change projections.

Jones holds a master's degree in astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, and bachelor's degrees in astronomy and astrophysics, physics, international studies, and German from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include space policy, science & technology policy, development, nuclear security policy, modeling, and statistical methods.