Jennifer Kavanagh is an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation. 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. Her research interests include domestic and international terrorism, counterinsurgency, and violent non-state actors, as well as questions of US national security and defense strategy more broadly. She was a Department of Homeland Security Fellow from 2007-2010 and completed a research internship at Lawrence Livermore National Lab in 2008. She was a research assistant in RANDs Santa Monica Office from 2003-2006 where she worked on projects related to terrorism and military and defense planning. Kavanagh graduated from Harvard University in 2003 with a BA in Government and a minor in Russian language.
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
Honors & Awards
- Department of Homeland Security Fellowship, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology