Jay Balagna

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.P.H. in prevention science and practice, Emory University; B.A. in Spanish, University of Nevada, Reno


Jay Balagna (he/him) is a Ph.D. student in the Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. His research interests include disaster studies, disaster risk reduction and creation, the influence of climate change on disasters, climate-related and post-disaster migration, and the social determinants of health. 

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Balagna was a wildland firefighter in Nevada and Montana, an emergency medical technician in Los Angeles, and a political journalist working in the United States and Chile. He has an M.P.H. from Emory University and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Selected Publications

Aaron Clark-Ginsberg, Jonathan Blake, Jay Balagna, Addressing Climate Migration: A Review of National Policy Approaches, (PE-A1085-1), 2021

Aaron Clark-Ginsberg, Lena C. Easton-Calabria, Sonny S. Patel, Jay Balagna, Leslie A. Payne, "When Disaster Management Agencies Create Disaster Risk: A Case Study of the US's Federal Emergency Management Agency," Disaster Prevention and Management, 2021