Jeremy Boback is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses primarily on strategic planning and institutional change. His doctoral dissertation examines community wellbeing as a policy aim of city government.
Prior to RAND, Boback worked on security cooperation and defense institution buildings efforts in the Balkans for U.S. European Command (EUCOM). He initially served in EUCOM’s Policy, Plans, and Strategy Directorate (J5) as the country desk officer for Albania, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, and Slovenia. He subsequently headed the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica, Montenegro, where he assisted the Montenegrin Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces in their progress towards membership in NATO.
Before EUCOM, Boback served in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer. He continues to serve in the Navy Reserve and currently supports U.S. Pacific Fleet headquarters.
Boback holds an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, an M.Sc. in public policy and administration from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in political science and Russian studies from the University of Rochester.