RAND's Michael Rich and Jennifer Kavanagh explain what “truth decay” is and discuss how ongoing RAND research could help counter it.
May 5, 2017
Jennifer Kavanagh is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include defense strategy and planning, trends in international conflict, domestic and transnational terrorism, and the application of quantitative social science research methods to security studies questions.
In addition to her positions at RAND, Kavanagh is an adjunct professor at Georgetown and American University. While completing her Ph.D., she was a Department of Homeland Security Fellow from 2007 to 2010 and completed a research internship at Lawrence Livermore National Lab in 2008. She was also a research assistant in RAND from 2003 to 2006 where she worked on projects related to terrorism, military manpower, and defense planning.
Kavanagh graduated from Harvard University in 2003 with a B.A. in government and a minor in Russian language. She completed her Ph.D. in political science and public policy at University of Michigan in 2010. Her dissertation, "The Dynamics of Protracted Terror Campaigns: Domestic Politics, Terrorist Violence, Counterterror Responses," explores how domestic politics affects responsive violence in protracted terror-counterterror conflicts and was named the best dissertation in the public policy subfield in 2010 by the American Political Science Association.
Jennifer Kavanagh, Are U.S. Military Interventions Contagious over Time?RAND (RR-192), 2013
Jennifer Kavanagh, "Selection, availability, and opportunity: The conditional effect of poverty on terrorist group participation," Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2011
Harrell, Margaret, Laura Castaneda, Bryan Hallmark, Peter Schirmer, Jennifer Kavanagh, Daniel Gershwin, and Paul Steinberg, Assessing the Assignment Policy for Army Women in Iraq, RAND Corporation (MG-590-1-OSD), 2007
James Hosek, Jennifer Kavanagh, and Laura Miller, How Deployments Affect Active Duty Service Members, RAND Corporation (MG-432), 2005
Jennifer Kavanagh, Stress and Performance: A Review of the Literature and its Applicability to the Military, RAND Corporation (TR-192-RC), 2005
Jennifer Kavanagh, Determinants of Productivity for Military Personnel: A review of findings on the contribution of experience, training, and aptitude to military performance, RAND Corporation (TR-193-OSD), 2004