Therese Marie Jones

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in astrophysics, University of California - Berkeley; B.S. in astronomy and astrophysics, physics, and international studies, Pennsylvania State University; B.A. in German, 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 thesis focuses on the regulation of commercial space flight, including a study of space traffic control, vehicle safety, crew training, liability, insurance, and risk modeling. 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. She 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 and technology policy, development, nuclear security policy, modeling, and statistical methods.