Jason Thomas Barnosky

Jason Thomas Barnosky
Associate Director, Disaster Management & Resilience Program, RAND Homeland Security Research Division; Senior Political Scientist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Ph.D. in political science, Brown University; BA in political science, New York University


Jason Thomas Barnosky is an associate director of the Disaster Management & Resilience Program, part of the RAND Homeland Security Research Division, and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is also the portfolio development lead for work with foundations and philanthropies for the division. Barnosky is an expert in homeland security and emergency management policy. Prior to joining RAND, Barnosky served as a consultant to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and headed the Washington, D.C. office of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). 

Barnosky worked in the legislative branch for approximately a decade, serving as a senior advisor to the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and a senior analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In the Senate, Barnosky led the committee's investigative efforts in a wide variety of areas—such as the law enforcement response in Ferguson, Missouri; the Boston Marathon bombing; Hurricane Sandy; the Gulf Coast oil spill; and FEMA's response to catastrophic disasters. Barnosky also drafted and negotiated legislation and advised the chairman on Presidential nominations. At GAO, Barnosky investigated programs addressing a range of issues—including military disability policy, financial regulatory policy, emergency management, information sharing, risk management, and critical infrastructure protection.

Barnosky was previously a senior fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) and a nonresident scholar in the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Barnosky has published on homeland security policy and written for The American Prospect, The Hill, Polity, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and the Brookings Institution. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Brown University and his bachelor's degree from New York University.